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Azed 1,817: A rare slip of the pen?

Posted by michod on 31st March 2007

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When I made an error in a competition puzzle last year, after failing to confirm a guess in Chambers, Azed was kind enough to drop me a note pointing out my ‘lapsus calami’, with a gentle reminder of the importance of checking one’s work. But what the hell, nobody’s perfect, to err is human etc… 22 Across in this puzzle appears to give the definition of one word, and subsidiary indications for the word next to it in the dictionary. How did that happen? Did this clue wander in from some fiendish Easter special?

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Guardian 24,033/Paul (Sat 24 Mar) – Symphonious

Posted by rightback on 31st March 2007

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Solving time: 10:36

The ‘same person’ referred to in the preamble is Ludwig van Beethoven: “E 1″, “O 1″ and “N 1″ refer cryptically to “Beethoven’s 3rd“, “6th” and “9th” symphonies (see 1dn), which are respectively known as the Eroica, Pastoral and Choral symphonies. Click the links for recordings of each, or here (with apologies for the video) to listen to Ode to Joy from the 9th Symphony which if I remember correctly was bizarrely chosen by the BBC as the theme tune for Euro ’96. Fortunately this masterpiece came along instead.

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Independent 6381 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on 30th March 2007

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After yesterday’s super-difficult Bannsider, this was easier from Phi, with some pleasing clues and all is clear.

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Guardian 24038/Arachne – relieved

Posted by ilancaron on 30th March 2007

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Solving time: 45′

Nice (comic?) relief from yesterday’s Independent for which I’ve exonerated myself for not knowing Nigella Lawson (she’s probably never heard of me after all). Some clever &lits and overall a pleasant aura of humour pervades.

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Inquisitor #12/Phi – Cousin R.I.P.

Posted by loonapick on 30th March 2007

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Despite the sombre occasion which inspired the theme of Phi’s puzzle, this was an enjoyable crossword to solve.  The clues were not overly complex, and, despite taking an inordinate amount of time to work out the name we were looking for, my overall feeling is that I could have completed this much more quickly had I known the expression “cater cousin” and that u.s. = “as above” (see below).  I filled the grid in less than an hour, spent at least another hour agonising over the name of Phi’s deceased pet, and then another 20 minutes or so looking up onelook.com (invaluable website) to find a word which could link the unthemed entris that I had worked out, before realising that I’d have got these much quicker by applying a bit of lateral thinking to the three long anagrammed entries.

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Independent 6376 / Nimrod – very Nimrod!

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 30th March 2007

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A disadvantage of having Sloggers and Betters 2 on a Thursday was that we lost John Henderson (Nimrod and Enigmatist for those who don’t know) to a quiz night – depite being in a pub selling London Pride! I got the impression from eimi that this Saturday puzzle would be by Morph, who was there, so I was just a bit disappointed to see a different name.

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Independent on Sunday 893 by Quixote – Quite easy

Posted by nmsindy on 29th March 2007

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No particular problem with this one, with the two longest words in the centre coming straightaway from the definitions.

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Independent 6380/Bannsider – bruising

Posted by ilancaron on 29th March 2007

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Solving time: 59′ (missing two answers)

This felt like a fairly hard Times — and I’m going to hazard a guess that Bannsider slums there as well. I spent too much time on the bottom right and finally gave up in disgust. With myself. This, coupled with several wordplays that escape me, makes for an unhappy blogger. Nonetheless some fine clues that left me admiring the compiler (while wallowing in self-loathing of course).

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Guardian 24,036/ Gordius: A puzzle of two halves

Posted by michod on 28th March 2007

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Can’t really give a time for this – I breezed through the top half in my head between two tube stops, and thought it’d be a breeze, but got bogged down at the bottom, where three (to me) unfamiliar words intersect, and cryptic definitions proliferate. Had to finish and blog at my desk – but enough of that: the FT reports today that prospective employers are checking applicants blog-sites before hiring them. You have been warned!

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Independent 6379 / Dac – tricky doubleton

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 28th March 2007

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Solving time 8:40

About 50% slower than usual for Dac, with most trouble in the NE corner where I couldn’t get ‘Bye Bye’ out of my head for 6A, or quite understand 8D. Congratulations to Neil and Mrs W – seems apposite to celebrate a triple dubya on a website… And congratulations to Dac too – my Nina scan just before pressing “Publish” reveals the message “Dac’s two-hundredth” in the left and right column unches. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24035/Logodaedalus

Posted by linxit on 27th March 2007

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Solving time: roughly 15 mins in total, although work intervened a few times. It’s the first time I’ve solved a Logodaedalus puzzle, so I didn’t know what to expect. This one seemed quite approachable though, and I’ve only got issues with a couple of the clues. Most were quite straightforward, so there’s not a lot to write about.

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Independent 6378 by Virgilius – Deadly

Posted by nmsindy on 27th March 2007

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After 7 days of the Lenten season last week, this time Virgilius gives us the 7 deadly sins, familiar (in theory, of course) to most, I’m sure.     This made it an easy puzzle, with all but 4 solved in under 8 mins – then delayed by having miswritten one entry.     Again proving a puzzle can be very good and very easy at the same time.

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Not about crosswords…

Posted by neildubya on 26th March 2007

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You may notice that the service we provide is a bit irregular over the next couple of weeks. This is because Mrs Dubya yesterday gave birth to our first child, a week early. I was due to post a few times this week but I doubt I’ll have much time for solving, let alone blogging. Someone else on the team may be able to step in but if not, we should be back to normal after a couple of weeks.

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Independent 6377 by Tees – Four Seasons

Posted by bensand on 26th March 2007

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I was sure it wasn’t me today. I was absolutely sure. I just checked to see if whoever it was had posted yet and thought I’d just see who it was when they hadn’t at this late hour and whoops, me after all. Unfortunate really as I was up very early and had finished the crossword by 7.30.

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Everyman 3155/Mar 18

Posted by ilancaron on 25th March 2007

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At first I thought there might be a King Lear theme since he showed up along with one of his daughters. But then it petered out. 25A (TELAMON) was new to me and I could do with some help deciphering the wordplay for 13A and 18D.

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