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Archive for July 13th, 2007

Independent 6471 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on 13th July 2007

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Solving time: 20 mins

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Guardian 24128, Paul — spot the author

Posted by jetdoc on 13th July 2007

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To my relief, on a day with multiple unexpected work deadlines to meet, this was one of Paul’s easier puzzles, and I polished it off reasonably quickly. Solving it depended on getting Truman Capote, and knowing the titles of his works. It could have been tricky for anyone not familiar with Capote and with no reference to hand; but the titles are pretty well known (or, at least, two of them are; I had to check 7,22). On a non-blog day, I probably wouldn’t have bothered too much with the wordplay for the titles. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed reports

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 13th July 2007

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Some of you will have noticed that we haven’t had many of these lately.  As I write this, I’m checking which of us are happy to write Azed reports.  We already have enough volunteers to produce weekly reports, though a couple more would be very welcome. So from next Sunday onwards, you can expect to see weekly reports on the previous Sunday’s Azed puzzle, including the competition ones.

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Independent 6466 (7th July 2007)/Bannsider

Posted by neildubya on 13th July 2007

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I thought this was a fantastic puzzle, maybe my favourite of the year so far. Not easy though – I got the first few across clues and one or two downs fairly quickly and then got stuck. Eventually I put it down, came back to it much later and got going again almost straight away (very pleasing when that happens). Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 12506/Orense

Posted by neildubya on 13th July 2007

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I found this very straightforward and a quick solve but there were a few nice touches. Just a short review because most of the clues are reasonably self-explanatory but if anyone’s unsure of anything then leave a comment and I’ll do my best to explain. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 27 – BUST by Lato

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 13th July 2007

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I tore this one out of the paper, took it on holiday, and over-confidently left it until the day we were coming home. It turned out to be very tough – if our flight hadn’t been delayed by an hour or so, I might have been sending one of those embarrassing e-mails to other bloggers, asking for help.  I eventually cracked it on a train on Thursday morning.  Total solving time: about 6 hours.

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