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Guardian 24236/Taupi – manly

Posted by ilancaron on 16th November 2007

ilancaron.

A few manly answers: TESTOSTERONE (which figured in a Times puzzle today or yesterday as well), and an ARTILLERYMAN wearing an EPAULETTE. I did this in fits and starts throughout the day so I don’t really have a “first impression” that colored my reaction. I seem to recall thinking that the clues were fair and some of the wordplay clever.

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Independent 6579/Phi – the usual Phi standard

Posted by John on 16th November 2007

John.

Solving time : 35 minutes. As he does every week, Phi manages to produce a crossword that is full of clever stuff with which it’s apparently almost impossible to find fault. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beelzebub 925/Phi (04-11-07)

Posted by neildubya on 16th November 2007

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Across
1 RUM,GUM,(IN TOP)* – RUMGUMPTION can mean common sense or native wit. I’d heard of plain old “gumption” (which can mean the same thing) but thought it only meant nerve or courage.
11 (SURE LIUM)* – I assumed that “half of mycelium” would be MYCE so I didn’t get very far with this until I had a few letters in place.
12 R in (SELECT BRAI[-n]S)* – CEREBRALISTS.
19 [-d]INNER BAR – I think this is right but I don’t understand all of the wordplay. The full clue is “Lawyers missing start to meal: amusing incident”. The INNER BAR is the Queen’s (or King’s) counsel.
27 FLAM in A,E – FLAM can mean lie (“fancy”) or deception.
28 WED in SEN – SEN is State Enrolled Nurse.
29 JOE-MILLER,IS,M – which is apparently the practice of re-telling old jokes. Nice &lit clue too, with a pun on corn: “One beloved handler of corn is beginning to manifest this”.
30 LIES< in ORLE – ORSEILLE. An ORLE is (in Webster’s comma-heavy definition) “A bearing, in the form of a fillet, round the shield, within, but at some distance from, the border”. One of the tougher clues in the puzzle for me, given that I didn’t know ORLE or the answer word.
32 MARROW,BONES – an informal term for the knees. MARROW can mean a variety of things: spouse, helpmate, co-worker, companion or close friend, all of which were new to me. Not sure about BONES for “pinches” though. Is this is in Chambers (which I don’t have to hand right now)?
 
Down
2 URENA – I liked this; the full clue is “Mallow plant encountered in Nature repeatedly.” So URENA is hidden “NatURE NAture”
6 T in RAF in PALLS – another good clue with a nice surface reading.
8 GEM,TUN< – for non-footie fans, a NUTMEG is when you play the ball through an opponent’s legs.
9 OS,SE[-t]TERS – an OSSETER is a species of sturgeon.
13 SOL,IF,I,DIAN – DIAN was the only bit I wasn’t sure of her. Is it another spelling of Diana (the Roman goddess of hunting)?
15 BARE,L in ALL,O – an ALBARELLO is “a majolica jar of the 15th and 16th centuries, cylindrical with a waist slightly narrower than the ends, used in Spain and Italy for keeping dry drugs”
17 I in JOCK in JIG – JICKAJOG. I found this tough to parse and really needed the four consecutive checked letters at KAJO.
25 WE in BED< – very nearly filled in TWERP as I had the W filled in.

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Inquisitor 45 – THE ARCHERS

Posted by Hihoba on 16th November 2007

Hihoba.

Reasonably easy theme to spot, the title referring to the colours of the rainbow arch (Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain). Most clues quite straightforward, but a bit muddling was the use of INDIGO both as the missing colour and as part of the blue sequence.

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Independent 6574/Nestor

Posted by neildubya on 16th November 2007

neildubya.

I’d be interested to know how everyone else got on with this as I found it very easy – solved in just over 11 minutes, far and away my quickest ever time for a Nestor puzzle. Lots of fun though, as we’ve come to expect, and some very subtle and deceptive wordplay to be found. I missed a lot of it while I was solving (which is probably why it got finished so quickly) so it was good to have the opportunity to look at it again while I was writing this up. Read the rest of this entry »

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