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FT 12,635/Sleuth

Posted by smiffy on 7th December 2007

smiffy.

A well-balanced, but not too daunting puzzle. Just what the Doctor ordered for the morning-after-the-office-party, in my case.

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Guardian 24254/Taupi

Posted by linxit on 7th December 2007

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I’m a bit short of time today so this will be a less detailed than usual entry. Apologies in advance etc…

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Independent 6592/Phi

Posted by neildubya on 7th December 2007

neildubya.

I’d read four or five clues before I realised that something odd was going on and at first I thought the wrong grid had been printed. Then I spotted that there was no Across or Down, just “Clues”. And it was only when I’d completed the grid that I saw the Nina: the unchecked letters in the top row and along the bottom (starting from the 25 square) spell out ADVENT CALENDAR. I’m guessing it wasn’t possible to create a workable grid that had 25 entries as that would have replicated an advent calendar exactly – one clue per door. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6597 – Phi - O God …

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 7th December 2007

petebiddlecombe.

Solving time: 10 minutes when I gave up …

… trying to work out 6D. I don’t know quite enough gods and ?A?A?A?A doesn’t help much. I guess the story is a SAGA, the Hindu god could be RAMA, and the Egyptian one could be RA, but that’s too much material it seems. So after searching a couple of god lists in vain, I surrender and wait for the name of the unknown god, or the revelation that I’ve completely misunderstood the clue. “Nice easy Phi”, thought I when I saw that this blogging slot was free. Serves me right! Part of the problem may be what an old Times champs rival of mine calls “vocalophobia” – a fear of vowels as the only checking letters, especially repeated common vowels.

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Beelzebub 928/Phi (25-11-07)

Posted by neildubya on 7th December 2007

neildubya.
Across
11 PROO[-f] – PROOfing something is a form of protection and PROO (or “pruh”) is a Scottish word used to direct or summon cattle.
13 E,MEN in EAST
14 (POTTER A GENIE)* – PRENEGOTIATE. With POTTER being part of the anagram, “harry” must have been irresistible as the anagram indicator.
17 RI in RUNG – RI is Rhode Island.
18 E,I,N E in NITS< – “eccentricity” has to be E but it’s not in the dictionaries I currently have access to. I assume it’s in Chambers but it seems like an odd thing to abbreviate.
21 HAR[-e] in MATAI – MATA HARI went in fairly quickly but the clue itself took a bit of working out.
23 WIT,HES – I think this is right. A WITHE can be a number of things but one of them is a handle for a tool, designed to lessen shock. I guess that counts as “protections for hands”.
25 (A MALAISE TOO C)* – Here’s how this clue got solved:

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Inquisitor 48 – But how is it done? by Phi

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 7th December 2007

petebiddlecombe.

Solving time: about 90 mins, mostly without books.

A fairly easy puzzle this, without anything too fiendish as a last step. My biggest problem was leaving my copy on a train after writing up about half of this report. A couple of other Inquisitor bloggers came up trumps, so my panic was fairly brief.

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