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Archive for September, 2007

Guardian 24191/Gordius

Posted by neildubya on 25th September 2007

neildubya.

I enjoyed this puzzle very much, with a good mix of clues, and a couple of answers that used words that were new to me. I thought that I had posted this at lunchtime. Neil has just alerted me that something had gone wrong – so apologies ….

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Independent 6534 by Virgilius

Posted by nmsindy on 25th September 2007

nmsindy.

Another wonderful themed puzzle from Virgilius. All the across answers from French and quite a few references in the down clues too. As it happens, this blogger is very familiar with French so it was an unusually fast solve. The extra time gave me the opportunity to admire the excellent surface readings from the master.

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Independent 6533/Phi – But it’s not Friday…

Posted by neildubya on 24th September 2007

neildubya.

Now I know how one of regular commenters felt when we had a puzzle themed around Elvis. According to his Wikipedia entry, Terry 13A was the best-selling UK author in the 1990s and has sold something like 50 million books so I’m probably in a minority in never having read one of them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Private Eye/Cyclops 348 Thatcher’s busy week

Posted by beermagnet on 24th September 2007

beermagnet.

It’s been a busy time for Maggie lately, dropping in on her old abode to see what colour Gordon’s painted the walls, meeting Rudolph Giuliani, and of course appearing in the Eye Crossword (though without her handbag). Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 1842 – tut tut (again!)

Posted by linxit on 23rd September 2007

linxit.

Solving time – about 45 mins, with Chambers and Bradfords

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Guardian 24,183 (Sat 15 Sep)/Paul – Vewy quiet

Posted by rightback on 22nd September 2007

rightback.

Solving time: 13:42

It felt as though I made fairly heavy weather of this; the long answers took longer than they should have, especially 11dn, and answers like MARSH GAS for ‘methane’ should have been instant.

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Financial Times 12,569 by Bradman

Posted by Pete Maclean on 22nd September 2007

Pete Maclean.

I believe this is the first Bradman puzzle I have attempted. It took me a while — longer than I would generally want to spend on a daily puzzle — perhaps because I am unused to the style, but I found it satisfying and challenging in parts. I was unable to get one answer (20D), am unsure about a second (27A) and cannot fully explain a third (12A). My favourite clues are 1A, 5A, 1D, 7D and 9D.

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Beelzebub 917/Phi (09-09-07)

Posted by neildubya on 21st September 2007

neildubya.

I thought this was pretty tricky but I struggled with all but one of the long answers that form the perimeter of the grid, so that will have prevented me from really getting going. Most unlikely word of the puzzle: 9D, by a country mile. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24,188, Brummie: Straight as Kate

Posted by michod on 21st September 2007

michod.

A decent Friday puzzle with some tough nuts to crack. One name I’d never come across before, and required Google’s help, some humorous touches, and a little linked mini-theme including two phrases, one of which I’m not utterly convinced by.

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Independent 6531 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on 21st September 2007

nmsindy.

Solving time:  29 mins      I spotted a theme, I think, mentioned under the relevant clues.

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Independent 6526/Nimrod

Posted by neildubya on 21st September 2007

neildubya.

Quite a few long answers in this which made it a fairly quick solve. Naturally, there are a couple of answers which I don’t really understand: 13 and 15A. Oh, and 16D. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 37 – Late hit boxer by Schadenfreude

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 21st September 2007

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Solving time: ages – at least 6 hours

This puzzle had 44 clues in total, 17 with misprints, and 16 to be treated somehow. That leaves 11 normal clues with no treatment. I’m sure there’s someone out there who had this done in an hour or so and then took Fido for a walk whistling a merry air. That person isn’t me. I’ve been fighting with this one for nearly a week as I write this, and still have one answer I can’t quite justify.

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Independent 6530/Nimrod

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 20th September 2007

Colin Blackburn.

A mixed bag for me today. A couple of non-dictionary phrases for a start, an answer I simply can’t get and some word play that I just don’t follow. There were some clever witty clues too!

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Independent on Sunday 918 by Quixote

Posted by nmsindy on 20th September 2007

nmsindy.

I found this puzzle on the easy side.     Solving time:  14 mins

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Guardian 24,187/Paul – Poetic Licence?

Posted by loonapick on 20th September 2007

loonapick.

A typical fun crossword from Paul – an enjoyable challenge as he doesn’t allow the rules to get in the way of a good clue.

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