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Archive for August, 2007

Independent 6509/Tomohiro

Posted by neildubya on 27th August 2007

neildubya.

I’ve only got time to say a few general comments on this puzzle so if anyone is stuck on any of the clues please leave a comment and I’ll do my best to help. If any of the bloggers wants to do a full review of it, please feel free.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 346 – N.O.R.W.I.C.H.

Posted by beermagnet on 26th August 2007

beermagnet.

NORWICH is an acronym for “kNickers Off Ready When I Come Home” as used by WWII soldiers when writing to their loved one to avoid the censors. Basically SWALK for the randy. Did anyone really write NORWICH on the backs of envelopes, or is this apocryphal?
And why do we know nothing about possible retorts? We might even get an acronym that works (N for Knickers I ask you! Why can’t it stand for Nightie). For example, IPSWICH: “I Prefer Sex With Intelligent Cuddly Hunks”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 1838

Posted by linxit on 26th August 2007

linxit.

Solving time 31:34, but Chambers and Bradford’s used throughout. Either they’re getting easier, or I’m improving! Azed always used to take me at least an hour, even with all the solving aids. Maybe it was something to do with the environment – I solved this yesterday afternoon, sat out in the garden with a bottle of wine and a pile of crosswords. This week’s Araucaria double puzzle (which I found very tough and had to go and get ODQ), Times Cryptic and Jumbo and this month’s Guardian Genius, plus the Independent Cryptic and half the Inquisitor all succumbed before it started getting dark!

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Everyman 3177/cats and dogs

Posted by ilancaron on 26th August 2007

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Last regular Everyman blog…

Lots of dogs and a cat or two. None of whom hailed from Scotland as far as I could tell.

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Guardian 24,159 (Sat 18 Aug)/Enigmatist – Tube test

Posted by rightback on 25th August 2007

rightback.

Solving time: 11:50

Having seen the thematic cross-referencing I looked at, and solved, 17ac (TUBING) straight away, so should really have been quicker than this; slowness on two of the three long thematic answers was one reason, though these might also have caused trouble for anyone not familiar with the London Underground. One new word for me (FELDGRAU at 4dn).

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Guardian 24, 164/Brendan – Questionable?

Posted by loonapick on 24th August 2007

loonapick.

This was quite tough, and I had to give up after I’d done about 75% of it.  When I got home from work, I attaked the NW corner, and eventually finished after more than 45 minutes’ effort.  Some of the delay relates to trying to find the significance of the “1 across” in 16 ac.  Generally, the puzzle was fair, but I’d like a bit of explanation for 16 across if anyone else can provide it.

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Independent 6507 / Phi Relaxing fare

Posted by tilsit on 24th August 2007

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Solving Time:  23 minutes

The usual demonstration from Phi that simple clear clue writing can be elegant and humorous – and a delight to solve.

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Inquisitor 33 – Holiday by Schadenfreude

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 24th August 2007

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Solving time: c. 45 mins, no books, but one mistake found on checking answers

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Beelzebub 913/Phi (12-08-07)

Posted by neildubya on 24th August 2007

neildubya.

Another very entertaining puzzle in a series that I’m already mightily impressed with, even though this is only the third one I’ve solved. Couple of queries: 5D and 22D, which I’m sure are right but I don’t understand all of the wordplay for them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6502/Virgilius (18-08-07) – Across the board

Posted by neildubya on 24th August 2007

neildubya.

This was a very quick solve for me (8:47, since you asked) so I didn’t spot the (subtly done) theme until I had 2 or 3 answers to go in. I’ve mentioned all the thematic answers in the explanations below. Nice puzzle though, and a pleasant change from the tough stuff we usually get on a Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24163/Rover

Posted by linxit on 23rd August 2007

linxit.

Solving time 5:44

That was probably the easiest crossword I’ve ever done in the Guardian. Probably the only tricky word was 19ac, but it was an expression I knew from somewhere, so no problem there.

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Independent 6506/Monk — Nina!

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 23rd August 2007

Colin Blackburn.

The football theme stands out from the clues if not the grid entries, only 9a is a footballing term. I thought that was it then I noticed the letters in the first and final columns: NINA NINA NINA NINA. Is there even more hidden that I’m not seeing? The grid blocking show rugby posts rather than football ones.

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Independent on Sunday 914 by Quixote

Posted by nmsindy on 23rd August 2007

nmsindy.

As indicated eslewhere, the first of a shorter blog on Quixote puzzles.    Will try to concentrate on a small number of clues focussing on the trickier ones and those I liked the most.    Happy to explain others if asked.

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Financial Times 12544/Jason

Posted by neildubya on 23rd August 2007

neildubya.

A nice enough puzzle but a few too many cryptic definitions for my liking. Lots for new solvers to get their 5As stuck into though. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24162/Brummie – from a Stan(d in)

Posted by neildubya on 23rd August 2007

neildubya.

I’m indebted to one of our regular commenters – stan – for this blog as we had a bit of a mix up this week and I assigned a puzzle to a blogger who was away. Normal service should resume today.

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