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FT12520 / Bradman The link between Bradman and Ena Sharples

Posted by tilsit on 26th July 2007

tilsit.

Solving Time:  26 minutes

The answer to my question is contained in today’s 1 across.  Another nice puzzle and, I’m
pleased to say, a great deal easier than his appearance as Pasquale in last Saturday’s
Guardian (more tomorrow!).

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Guardian 24139/Gordius – no letup for George…

Posted by linxit on 26th July 2007

linxit.

The last time I blogged a Gordius puzzle was just a couple of weeks ago (10th July anyway), and it was memorable for a few things. I had to rush my cat to the vets, I burnt my dinner, and the puzzle was really really hard! So, I approached this with a bit of trepidation, and with good reason. It had a lot of similarities to last time too – some difficult words (e.g. 4dn, 14ac, 15dn, 16dn, 17dn, 24ac), some brilliant clues (I really liked 1ac, 6dn and 20ac, plus 26ac for the scatological anagram!), and another swipe at George Bush (15dn). Last time (5dn) he was defined as a primitive primate.

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Independent 6478/Math – (affects Monty Burns-style voice) Excellent!

Posted by neildubya on 26th July 2007

neildubya.

An excellent and thoroughly enjoyable puzzle from Math. There’s a theme too, but you don’t need to know anything about The Simpsons in order to complete the grid as all of the thematic words are separately defined. The long-awaited Simpsons movie opens tomorrow so I’m sure the timing of this puzzle was not a coincidence. I wonder if there were any solvers who finished this and were blissfully ignorant of what was going on? Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 12,510 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 26th July 2007

Pete Maclean.

Another elegant puzzle from Cincinnus that I found a bit more difficult than most of his.

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Guardian 24,138, Paul: Ich bin ein Berliner

Posted by michod on 25th July 2007

michod.

Yes, as JFK said, I truly am a doughnut – I’ve been waiting for someone else to post, when all along it was me – d’oh! A nice Pauline puzzle anyway, mit einem Deutschen Thema – nine German words, all pretty familiar in English. Ten if you include DIESEL, named after inventor Rudolph Diesel, but I don’t think they call it that in Germany, so it’s really our word.  A couple of indirect indications of the sort customary with this setter, flagged up with a ? in the clue.

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FT 12,519/ Cinephile

Posted by smiffy on 25th July 2007

smiffy.

Some good-humoured stuff from Cinephile. A little lighter on thematic content than I’ve come to expect from him, although he did exploit the idiosyncrasies of this FT-specific grid (effectively four separate quadrants) to fill the central intersection with a flock/cloud/colony/parliament of “flyers” (TIT/BAT/AUK/OWL).

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Independent 6481 / Dac Solid stuff

Posted by tilsit on 25th July 2007

tilsit.

Apologies for the lateness.  Trip to Manchester that turned into a nightmare and nearly resulted in an overnight hospital stay.

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Guardian 24137 Araucaria Posted by Simply_Simon July 24th 2007

Posted by neildubya on 24th July 2007

neildubya.

Across
1 COQUET
4ALNMOUTH This was my start point. It looked like an anagram, and that gave me 21 across.
10 AND OR RAN
11 IN DISC R IM IN ATE
12 PRE SIGNIFY Y setting of ” gins if”gave me the anagram, and then prey sprang to mind.
14 TYNE It was only after I put it in that I saw it came from twenTY NEarly.
16 COMB
18 FOUR LEGGED Again I got the answer before I saw the anagram of rule in the midst of fogged.
21 NOR THUMBER LAND. Being a well brought up boy I got the Norland reference quickly!
24 HEX HAM
25 SCHEDULE as in shed yule.
26 ALS T O N, also about t(ime) followed by Northumberland’s first.

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Independent 6480 by Virgilius – Reversals and much more

Posted by nmsindy on 24th July 2007

nmsindy.

Even by Virgilius’ exalted standards, I thought this was really special – famous names reversed being a big part of it.    The theme revealed itself gradually as the grid filled up.

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FT 12518 / Flimsy – Straightforward(ish)

Posted by tilsit on 24th July 2007

tilsit.

Solving Time: 14 minutes

Fairly straightforward fare with a couple of nice off-the-wall clues.  Bit baffled by 24 down.

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Independent 6479 by Tees

Posted by bensand on 23rd July 2007

bensand.
Across
1 LOTHARIO – T + HARI in LOO
10 COMIC – COSMIC minus S (close to tears)
11 SEA URCHIN – SEA(U)RCH + IN
16 DONKEY – DON + KEY
26 ENNUI – “LENNON PUT IT” with odd letters removed
27 EVEN SO – stEVENSOn
28 MASTERLY – MAST + EARLY without the A for are. A is short for are, the metric land measure. Seems like an abbreviation that would be more at home in the advanced cryptics than the weekday crosswords to me
 
Down
2 TAMIL – TA(M)IL
6 BARGAIN BASEMENT – Seller is homophone for cellar, this clue made me laugh although it was fairly easy
7 ASHMOLEAN – (HAS)* + MO + LEAN
17 IDENTITY – I DEITY around NT
19 DUNCAN – King from Macbeth and a dun is a horse of that colour
20 LORETTA – (ARISTOTLE)* without IS
21 TSETSE – transmitter is part of the definition so it’s SETS in T(RE)E

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Guardian 24136/Rufus – oops

Posted by ilancaron on 23rd July 2007

ilancaron.

Quite a few cryptic definitions again this week – some are good, some less so. But that judgment all depends on your mood I suppose. When I don’t like a CD, I suspect it’s because I simply missed something or it was too “transparent”.

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Everyman 3172 (15-07-07)

Posted by neildubya on 22nd July 2007

neildubya.
Across
1 BY (“buy”) CHOICE – “on the phone” is your homophone indicator.
12 NO MAN IS AN ISLAND – I think I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen this quote in a crossword. “Douglas” is the capital of the Isle of Man.
15 A,VERA,G in ONE
16 RED (“read”),MULL,ET
21 EG<,(OUR CHEERY CAFF)*
26 C(heste)R,O,ELM<,CH – best clue of the puzzle. Lots of cryptic elements, all handled very smoothly in surface reading. It was a new word to me but easy to get from the wordplay. Explained here.
 
Down
2 CHAR,MER(e)
3 G in ORAN
7 AGA SAGA – the last one to go and for a while I thought I wasn’t going to be to finish. I figured that “upside-down” indicated a palindrome but I just couldn’t think of a book that would fit.
8 (DENISE I)* – SINE DIE is one of those Latin phrases that I’ve never bothered to look up the meaning of. That said, it was a fairly easy anagram so I was reasonably confident it was right.
14 PLUS,F,OURS
19 ON in CYCLE
22 hidden in “TerritoriAL ARMy”

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Azed 1833 – Unfair to dumb blondes?

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 22nd July 2007

petebiddlecombe.

Solving time 48 mins, no Chambers until grid complete, 2 mistakes (32,33)

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FT 12,515 by Adamant

Posted by smiffy on 21st July 2007

smiffy.

Please excuse the late posting; I was not near a PC earlier in the day. This proved to be just the right flavour of puzzle for my footloose Friday, not overly challenging or time-consuming but offering a some food for thought. There seems to be a mini-theme going on, with the likes of 1a,9a,20a & 29a playing to the accountancy addicts in the FT gallery.
Incidentally, I notice that Adamant does not feature on Peter B’s freshly updated list of setters (an uber-blogger’s work is never done!), so will flag it with a comment in the appropriate thread.

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