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Archive for August 30th, 2007

Inquisitor 34/Phi – Look Here! No, Here! No, Here!

Posted by loonapick on 30th August 2007

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Either I am getting better at Inquisitors or this one was not as challenging as it first appeared.  When I bought the paper last week, I took one look at the puzzle and thought “Oh! This looks tough”.  However, when I actually sat down and had a go at it a week later, it was actually quite easy.

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Independent 6512/Nimrod

Posted by neildubya on 30th August 2007

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18D was the key to cracking this one although I somehow got two of the clues that refer to it before working out what was going on. I haven’t played Cluedo since I was a kid and the only characters I remembered were the ones in 1D and 8D. The rest weren’t too tricky to get but some of the other clues in the puzzle were very tough (22A and 2D in particular) and there were a couple of (to me anyway) obscure words (RIANT and TAIPING). Good puzzle though, and a very satisfying solve. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent on Sunday 915 by Quixote

Posted by nmsindy on 30th August 2007

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An unusual mixture of some very easy clues and extremely tricky ones to finish. Harder than usual – solving time: 28 mins.

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Guardian 24169/Audreus – seperate

Posted by ilancaron on 30th August 2007

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Found this hard for Audreus – who I’ve blogged a couple of times in the past. Had to resort to the dictionary to solve the anagram at 7D which looked awfully unlikely in any permutation (PHTHALEIN). Not to mention an obscure poet at 18D… (that said, I’m sure some of you can recite verses and verses of FLECKER at will). I felt that some of the clues had weakish surfaces (no sycophancy here!)… see below.

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