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Independent 6465 / Phi Mr Dependable

Posted by tilsit on 6th July 2007

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Solving time: 20 minutes

Another enjoyable puzzle from the Mr Dependable of the crossword world.

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Financial Times 12493 by DANTE

Posted by neildubya on 6th July 2007

neildubya.
Across
1. CHEESE – Cryptic def.
4. REASON – (Sane or)*
8. A,C,COUNT(=tell)
9. PFENNIG – 100 pfennigs to an old German mark
11. ASPIRATION – (a pianist or)*
12. LEES – “leas” (What you might get if you’re scraping the barrel.)
13. ENNUI – (Nun i.e.)*
14. HOWITZER – (with zero)*
16. KHARTOUM – author* in km (short measure)
18. IDEAS – cryptic def.
20. OM,AN – OM=Order of Merit
21. SCREEN TEST
23. ARM(OUR)Y
24. CAR(NAG)E
25. LARIAT ?? Oh yeeha! Now I get it.
26. THWART – double def.
 
Down
1. COCKS “cox”
2. EROSION – (Noise or)*
3. SAN MARINO – (Romanians)*
5. ELFIN – f in (Nile)^
6. SINGLE,T(eacher)
7. NOISELESS (Lionesses*)
10. NIGHT,MARE
13. EPHEMERAL – double def. Good surface between wings and span.
15. WHITEWASH – double def.
17. RANCOUR – “ranker” i.e. sounds like a private (as Wossy might say)
19. ESTONIA (at noise)*
21. SYRIA – S(chool), AIRY^
22. SIGHT

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FT 12,503 by Monk

Posted by smiffy on 6th July 2007

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A typically enjoyable and thought-provoking number from Monk.  I didn’t spot a trademark Nina, but I suppose that the four (4,5,4) answers that transect the grid symmetrically are, in themselves, a thematic touch.

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Guardian 24,122, Araucaria: Boy oh boy!

Posted by michod on 6th July 2007

michod.

This was without doubt the hardest crossword I’ve had to blog, and almost defeated me. It took about 45 minutes, and I resorted to online aids for a couple of the final clues – I wouldn’t normally go that far for a daily cryptic, but it was in the wider interests of the blogosphere! (Then again, perhaps one should admit defeat in such situations and leave it to the commentariat to finish the job).

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Inquisitor 26/Nitsy – Game of Chance

Posted by loonapick on 6th July 2007

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As far as Inquisitors go, this puzzle by a compiler I have never come across before was relatively easy.

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Independent 6460 (30-06-07)/Nimrod – Not cobblers!

Posted by neildubya on 6th July 2007

neildubya.

Quite often, when I’m solving a puzzle that I’ll be blogging later on, I fill in answers which I’m reasonably sure are right and then think, “I’ll work out the wordplay when I write up my blog”. This doesn’t always work with Nimrod though – I managed to complete the grid but there were a few bits and pieces that I didn’t understand when I was solving and still don’t get now I’m blogging. If anyone can help with 1/9A, 10A, 13A (maybe), 3D, that would be much appreciated. Read the rest of this entry »

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FT Puzzle 12502 by Flimsy

Posted by tilsit on 6th July 2007

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Solving time: 11 minutes

Apologies for the late posting but those nice folks on the FT website didn’t put today’s (or yesterday’s) puzzles up until late tonight. 

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