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Archive for June, 2007

Financial Times 12494/Crux – Not quite an 1A 27A.

Posted by neildubya on 26th June 2007

neildubya.

Another FT, another new name for me. I really enjoyed this one – lots of excellent clues and just the right amount of difficulty. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24113/Paul – are you a salopette?

Posted by ilancaron on 26th June 2007

ilancaron.

Felt a bit Araucarian today – surfaces sacrificed at the altar of clever wordplay. I had to look up SALOPETTE – which I think is contrived (derived from SALOP which I recognized as being Shrewsbury-related).

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Independent 6455 by Tees

Posted by nmsindy on 25th June 2007

nmsindy.

Some pleasing material here from this inventive setter.

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Guardian 24,112, Rufus: Man is an Island

Posted by michod on 25th June 2007

michod.

A pretty straightforward Monday solve (10 mins-ish), tightly clued and accessible as ever, with quite a few anagrams and lots of cryptic definitions – some very good, others a tad obvious. About half the answers came more or less straight away, but there was some tougher meat in there too, with 9 across detaining me for a little while.

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Everyman 3168

Posted by neildubya on 24th June 2007

neildubya.

Not too taxing and therefore perfect for a Sunday morning, especially if Saturday night went on too long and you’re in desperate need of a 23A or similar restorative. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 24/Loda – Mucking About

Posted by loonapick on 23rd June 2007

loonapick.

Sorry for the delay in getting this blog ready, but I struggled with this puzzle, because I couldn’t work out the device required to fill the grid.  As usual when I seek inspiration, Mr Biddlecombe came through for me.

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Guardian 24,105 (Sat 16 Jun)/Araucaria – Green lights

Posted by rightback on 23rd June 2007

rightback.

Solving time: 7:16

I’m not sure I’ve ever solved an Araucaria puzzle faster than this. ‘Collie’ was my first solve, followed (via a look at 27ac) by ‘flour’ and then somehow an inspired spot of the anagram at 1/17dn.

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FT 12491 by Falcon

Posted by smiffy on 22nd June 2007

smiffy.

An enjoyable puzzle and just about the right degree of difficulty for a Friday, I felt.   A pretty eclectic spectrum of clues,
including everything from a couple of pre-historic chestnuts (e.g. the ETON/NOTE reversal) to a handful of relatively (for the FT, at least) arcane answers.  Of the latter, I happened to know one (21d) and managed to deduce another (15d), but the third (8d) was unknown to me and I resorted to looking it up.

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Independent 6453/Nimrod

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 22nd June 2007

Colin Blackburn.

When I swapped to Friday this week I expected a nice Phi puzzle, instead I got Nimrod! A little more difficult than Phi for me with some clues still a mystery. However, much of it was straightforward thanks to the long anagram and me seeing 1dn as soon as I had P-D… A couple of the clues are gems. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24,110, Brummie: Numbers game

Posted by michod on 22nd June 2007

michod.

My blog day falling conveniently on a day off, I settled down at 8.30 to get the crossword out of the way,but it was not to be. Several hours of partner stranded by tube chaos, daughter’s forgotten homework etc ate up the morning. So you could say this one took me three hours, but I think it was more like 20-25 minutes. Quite hard, and with some good tight clueing, the linked clues all having to do with numbers, in the contexts of sports and time.

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Guardian 24109/Araucaria

Posted by linxit on 22nd June 2007

linxit.

Apologies for this being a day late. I had to go to a customer site yesterday and didn’t get back till 8pm, when I found that my ADSL connection was still down. I had been promised that it would be fixed by yesterday afternoon, but this morning it’s still down. Anyway, I solved this on my knee in the back of my boss’s car on the way back yesterday evening, so hopefully I can now read my own writing!

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Independent 6448 – Eimi

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 22nd June 2007

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Solving time 11:40

Here’s the explanation for the gentle ribbing about “strange characters turning up on Saturday” in the comments on last week’s Virgilius puzzle. For those who don’t know, Eimi is Indie xwd ed Mike Hutchinson giving himself one of his four or so slots each year. I tend to find Eimi puzzles quite hard (possibly because they’re infrequent), so I was quite pleased with 11:40, though the right first guess at 17 might have made it a minute or two faster. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent On Sunday 905 by Quixote

Posted by nmsindy on 21st June 2007

nmsindy.

Solving time: 26 mins

* = anagram

ACROSS

1 CU POL(e) A

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Independent 6452 by Monk

Posted by nmsindy on 21st June 2007

nmsindy.

Monk is among the toughest setters, with some very original treatments, and very rigorous logic in the clues. Usually his puzzles in the Indy are themed, but I cannot see one here. (Later found the theme – I am now amending the review to include info on it, but have put it after the clue explanations so, if you have not found it and want to look further, you can) Also major difficulty with 6 across, again anyone who can enlighten me, please do so. (Thanks to all those who pointed out that it’s a cryptic definition to MITTEN)

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Guardian 24108/Orlando – nippy

Posted by ilancaron on 21st June 2007

ilancaron.

Some nice well-disguised wordplay here – especially wrt use of head and tail letters – while preserving good surfaces. Two identical nippy clues here which are well-handled.

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