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Archive for June, 2007

Financial Times 12,480 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 21st June 2007

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of June 9, 2007

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Independent 6451/Dac

Posted by bensand on 20th June 2007

bensand.

A fair and satisfying crossword but I’m still missing an explanation (25) which always niggles! No theme as far as I can see. Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 12489/Gozo

Posted by neildubya on 20th June 2007

neildubya.

Good fun, and reasonably easy although 15A and 4D held me up a bit for reasons explained below. I didn’t realise the FT had so many setters on their team; as well as those mentioned here (under their Guardian or Indie pseudonyms) we’ve also had Jason, Adamant, Highlander, Falcon and Gozo. I wonder how many more there are? Read the rest of this entry »

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FT 12,488 by Neo

Posted by smiffy on 19th June 2007

smiffy.

This turned out to be more of a challenge than I anticpated at first; plain sailing initially, but then got becalmed on the last few clues. At the time of solving, I wasn’t 100% certain about a couple of answers (1a, 22a, 21d), but subsequent searching seems to confirm them. Also, I still haven’t fathomed the wordplay element of 9a/20d, so please feel free  to offer enlightenment.

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Guardian 24,107/Paul – whatchamacallits and thingummyjigs

Posted by loonapick on 19th June 2007

loonapick.

A typical Paul effort with clues ranging from easy to difficult, and a collection of words some will know, and others won’t.

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Independent 6450/Virgilius – Pole to Pole

Posted by neildubya on 19th June 2007

neildubya.

An entertaining puzzle with a not-too-difficult-to-spot theme. Across the middle of the grid is the phrase POLES APART, which separates 6 across answers, all of which are poles of some description: NORTH/SOUTH, POSITIVE/NEGATIVE and MARIE CURIE and JOSEPH CONRAD (who are Poles, rather than poles). Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24,099 (Sat 9 June)/Paul – Cross purposes

Posted by rightback on 18th June 2007

rightback.

Solving time: 19:10

This should have been a fast time, as I spotted half the theme straight away from 17ac (TIGON). Unfortunately I then displayed immense slowness in various places, especially 2dn and the theme word, CROSSWORD, leaving me very 12.

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Guardian 24106/Rufus

Posted by ilancaron on 18th June 2007

ilancaron.

A slightly harder than usual Rufus puzzle. I’m mystified by a couple of wordplays (8A and 12A) still. One weakfish cryptic def (1D) but a couple of hard clever clues as well.

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Independent 6449/Glow-worm

Posted by neildubya on 18th June 2007

neildubya.

Fairly easy start to the week although I’d never heard of 18A before. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian – Saturday June 9th

Posted by neildubya on 18th June 2007

neildubya.

The blog for this puzzle will be appearing soon…

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Everyman 3167/where’s Sean?

Posted by ilancaron on 17th June 2007

ilancaron.

The grid is almost 90 degree symmetrical: would be if 3D and 15D were both 15 letter lights. And we encounter Orlando Di LASSO again. I searched high and low for a Scots, Bond or Connery reference… but to no avail.

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Independent 6442/Virgilius – Cornered.

Posted by neildubya on 16th June 2007

neildubya.

One of the last names you expect to see above a puzzle on a Saturday is Mr Tuesday himself, Virgilius. Not that I’m complaining. This was definitely easier than usual for a Saturday but no less enjoyable for that. And there is, of course, a theme which I’ve referred to in my notes (but see 20D for the full explanation). Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6447/Phi

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 15th June 2007

Colin Blackburn.

Good fare from Phi with some excellent clues but with a couple of gaps in the word play and one clue not solved until I check in TEA just before submitting this! Read the rest of this entry »

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FT 12485 by Adamant

Posted by smiffy on 15th June 2007

smiffy.

Adamant seems to be a faithful adherent of the FT’s general style and tone, and this was solid enough fare . A couple of answers (2d, 28a) were new (for me at least) variants of familiar words, but neither really cause a major hold-up.  My only gripe would be that the two “cryptic surface” clues (12a, 5d) were pretty transparent.   

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Inquisitor 23 by Lato – NONSENSE – A super fun puzzle

Posted by nmsindy on 15th June 2007

nmsindy.

This was a real fun puzzle, I thought.

Solving time: 3 hrs 45 mins

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