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Independent 6486 by Virgilius – how does he do it?

Posted by nmsindy on 31st July 2007

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Another wonderful thematic puzzle from Virgilius.    All the across entries are synonyms, as explained in the last down clue (26 down).

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FT 12,525/Highlander

Posted by smiffy on 31st July 2007

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An extremely accessible today, to the extent that it could well be the fastest I’ve ever solved a broadsheet puzzle in my life. Anagram fiends should be pleased, as the letter-scrambling comes thick and fast throughout, especially the latter down clues.

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Guardian 24143: Paul — multiformity

Posted by jetdoc on 31st July 2007

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Some very characteristic Paulian clues today — 26ac, 8d and (especially) 23d are the sort we have learnt to expect from him and no-one else! Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6485/Mass

Posted by neildubya on 30th July 2007

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Probably the easiest Mass puzzle I’ve solved (and definitely the easiest I’ve blogged). There were some really good clues in this but, again, I don’t think much of the cryptic definitions and I really don’t see how 3D can be justified. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24,142/Rufus – It’s Monday, so it must be…

Posted by loonapick on 30th July 2007

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A Rufus puzzle with a few less of his trademark cryptic definitions than usual.  A quick blog today because it’s Monday morning, the puzzle wasn’t overly difficult, except for one clue I don’t have the time or energy to work out and I have some other deadlines to meet today (in the real world!)
ACROSS

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Private Eye/Cyclops 344 – Pepti-what?

Posted by beermagnet on 29th July 2007

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Gordon Brown gets more of a work-out this time in the early clues, as “leader” and is often useful to suggest one of the short “brown” colours, tan, dun, etc.
I might not have all answers right …
Even ignoring 6D I found this trickier than some recent Eye puzzles, though I did write-in a few on the first pass to get going.
The Eye Crossword is noted for its references to people in the clues, so 7D’s mention of Marian and Robin had me thinking of George Galloway’s Marian appeal, and Robin Cook, before considering Mr and Mrs Hood.
But no sign of Jeffrey Archer! This can’t last long surely. Read the rest of this entry »

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Observer Azed 1834: Overlaps

Posted by jetdoc on 29th July 2007

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This was lots of fun — high-quality clues, as ever, from Azed, with a nice twist to make it even more interesting.

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Everyman 3173 – (22 Jul)/JJ

Posted by ilancaron on 29th July 2007

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My Scots theory I think has more evidence in the form of Everyman also being Ascot in the Spectator. This week, JJ is Jeremiah Johnson and admirably the two J’s are checked. Some literary and musical refs as well: Conrad, Satie, Jonson, Auden, Hitchcock — none of whom are Scots though.

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Independent 6483/Phi

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 27th July 2007

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Good quality puzzle from Phi with a handful of great anagrams. One clue has left me foxed. I think the grid was pangrammatic too.

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Inquisitor 29 – Occupation by Phi

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 27th July 2007

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Solving time 18:13

A very easy puzzle for me, partly because the theme tied into one of my interests. In eight theme answers, a letter had to be removed before jumbling, and the removed letters in order “identify what occupation the resulting entries have in common”. The other 32 clues were straightforward, with only about a quarter leading to “Chambers words”, so it didn’t take long to spot thematic answer / entry pairs like INCISORS / ?OSSI?I and DRIVER / ?ERDI, leading to theme answers Rossini and Verdi, both composers. The other six composers followed pretty quickly – from the checked letters in other unclued entries rather than from the thematic clues. I solved most of these after the event, though one still puzzles me. For those less acquainted with modern classical composers, Arnold, Ligeti and Reich were probably tricky thematic answers. For other clues, I’ve only listed the ones with the most obscure answers – ask about others in comments if they have you baffled. Defs in double quotes for these are copyright Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd: The Chambers Dictionary 2003.  (I’m being lazy and pasting from the CD-Rom version). Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6478 (21-07-07)/Nimrod – Ant-sy.

Posted by neildubya on 27th July 2007

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Something of a novelty for me, this – a Nimrod puzzle where I understood everything (almost).  Original choice of theme too; it’s not National Anteater Day or something is it? Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 12521/Falcon – Good for the ego…

Posted by neildubya on 27th July 2007

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The easiest crossword I’ve done in quite some time leading to my first ever “clean-sweep” (I think this is a technical term meaning that you solve every clue in a puzzle in order, across then down). I didn’t time myself but I started when then bus-stop indicator was telling me my bus was 7 minutes away and I finished before it arrived. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24,140 – Auster/Mixed bag

Posted by loonapick on 27th July 2007

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This is the first time I have blogged an Auster puzzle. This one has a real mix of very clever and very easy clues, as well as one or two that don’t pass muster in my (pedantic?) opinion. (13ac, 17 ac, for example)

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Guardian Prize Crossword 24135 / Pasquale – Phew!!

Posted by tilsit on 27th July 2007

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Solving Time:  68 minutes

Probably the toughest Guardian crossword I have encountered in a very long time. 
I made a good start with the big anagram but it just went backwards with unfamiliar words and cleverly hidden allusions within the clues. 

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Independent on Sunday 910 by Quixote – straightforward

Posted by nmsindy on 26th July 2007

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Solving time: 14 mins

* = anagram

ACROSS

1 DOGS BODY

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