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Archive for October 11th, 2007

Guardian 24205/Gordius – evasive setter

Posted by ilancaron on 11th October 2007

ilancaron.

Not for the first time a couple of clues for which I don’t understand the wordplay: e.g 26A, 4A, and a few others in which I can imagine what the answer must be. And an original clue for the familiar cryptic phrase MIDDLE OF THE ROAD in 24A.

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Independent 6548 by Mordred

Posted by nmsindy on 11th October 2007

nmsindy.

An excellent puzzle from one the Indy’s occasional setters, with a background in the world of advanced puzzles. A mixture of very easy and very hard clues, I found. Excellently crafted with some cunning seamless divisions between definition and wordplay. As with some recent Mordred Indys there’s a theme (or, at least an element of dedication). In case readers want to look themselves first, I will give this info after the clue explanations.

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Independent on Sunday 921 by Quixote

Posted by nmsindy on 11th October 2007

nmsindy.

Fairly straightforward, I found. Solving time: 16 mins.

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Financial Times 12,576 by Cinephile

Posted by Pete Maclean on 11th October 2007

Pete Maclean.

For the first time since I started blogging I had a clue that I could not solve! See 17 across. There are others that I do not completely understand and a couple that I think do not work well. Maybe I am missing something — I hope so — but on the whole I find this puzzle rather unsatisfactory. There are a few excellent clues though, notably 20A, 21D and 22D.

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FT 12,585/Viking

Posted by smiffy on 11th October 2007

smiffy.

Apologies for the late posting; I ended up putting in a longer than anticipated shift at the salt mines today, so am blogging much later in the day than usual. Nothing too goofy or untoward here, although 29a is partial guesswork on my part.

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