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Archive for October, 2007

FT 12,593/Bradman

Posted by smiffy on 19th October 2007

smiffy.

Although Bradman is a prolific stalwart of several national dailies, his FT appearances seem to approximate at only monthly in frequency. So the fact that publication also coincides with our sporadic FT blogging calendar makes this posting something of a rarity!  An enjoyable mix of clues; as much for their originality and subtlety of wordplay as their trademark technical precision. I had to confirm a couple of sub-elements (10A, 19A) post completion.

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Independent 6555/Phi

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 19th October 2007

Colin Blackburn.

I rattled through this puzzle but fell at the final hurdle, well as 24ac and 17dn.

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Guardian 24211 / Auster – Monster mistake

Posted by tilsit on 18th October 2007

tilsit.

Solving time: 9 minutes

Sometimes when I encounter what I believe to be a less than adequate puzzle, I tell myself that it’s aimed at the easier end of the scale and solvers need puzzles like this to advance their experience.  I can’t justify that with today’s puzzle. 

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Independent 6554/Merlin

Posted by neildubya on 18th October 2007

neildubya.

Just spotted the Nina in this puzzle – look at the unchecked letters around the perimeter (the left-hand side doesn’t work properly because it needs a three-letters rather than four). Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 12,582 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 18th October 2007

Pete Maclean.

This was for me a bit more difficult than the average Cincinnus but just as impressive. There were two clues I did not completely understand (10A and 19D).

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Guardian 24,210, Paul: Flabby bustards

Posted by michod on 17th October 2007

michod.

Across:

1. F(L)AB BY. Liver’s heading is L, and times is BY, (as in 15 by 15) which took me a moment to spot.

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FT 12591/Cinephile – Wed 17.10.07

Posted by John on 17th October 2007

John.

Solving time : About three-quarters of an hour, but meaningless anyway since I got 12A wrong, as I discovered later when trying to justify LIRE. The theme is Evelyn Waugh’s magnificent novel Scoop. There are references to it in 16A, 24A, 30A, 6D and 26D, also perhaps some others I’ve missed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6553/Dac – Cheeky

Posted by neildubya on 17th October 2007

neildubya.

This was a “solved-before-the-bus-came-along” puzzle for me so much of the wordplay went by in a bit of a blur, although I knew I would get the opportunity to look at it all again when I came to write up the blog. I did however spot a cheeky Nina (which may have been unintentional, although I hope not) – look at the five unchecked letters running across the middle of the grid. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24209/Gordius

Posted by linxit on 16th October 2007

linxit.

Solving time – approx. 35 mins.

I managed to find some time at lunchtime to have a look at this, and was pleased to finish it without resorting to a dictionary (with three or four guesses that all turned out to be right).
No time to blog it until now though, as I didn’t get back from work till 8:30.

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Independent 6552 by Virgilius

Posted by nmsindy on 16th October 2007

nmsindy.

Themed as almost always from Virgilius: this time fairly clear when looking at clues: 4 (6,3,6) phrases, connected by “and”. Very fast solve for me, 11 mins.

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Guardian No 24,208 – Rufus/That’s better…

Posted by loonapick on 15th October 2007

loonapick.

Didn’t realise it was my turn to do the Grauniad; my apologies for the late post.

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Guardian 24,201 (Sat 6 Oct)/Araucaria – Blind man’s pluff

Posted by rightback on 15th October 2007

rightback.

Solving time: 17:17, one mistake (4dn/P)

The clues for this puzzle were presented in order of their first letters (specified), with each letter used once (and D and J twice). Probably quite a difficult grid to construct, although impressively there were few obscure words.

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Inquisitor 40 – New Broom by Dimitry

Posted by loonapick on 15th October 2007

loonapick.

Sorry for the late post, but I have to admit that I really struggled with this one, and I haven’t quite finished it, as one of the answers still has me beat.

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Independent 6551 by Hypnos

Posted by nmsindy on 15th October 2007

nmsindy.

This puzzle by one of the occasional setters was a very fast solve for me.   Got quite a few answers by seeing definitions.     Solving time: 13 mins.

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Azed 1845: Quipsters and quacks

Posted by jetdoc on 14th October 2007

jetdoc.

As Azeds go, this was fairly straightforward to solve, and it had the usual quota of delightfully witty clues and elegant surface reading. I wasn’t too sure of all the wordplay, though; perhaps people can enlighten me. Read the rest of this entry »

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