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Archive for December 11th, 2007

Independent 6600/Virgilius — The Man Killers

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 11th December 2007

Colin Blackburn.

Another highly thematic puzzle from Virgilius. In this case all the down answers can be seen as dangerous women. Corrections and clarifications are in italics.

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Guardian 24257 / Chifonie Labour of Love

Posted by tilsit on 11th December 2007

tilsit.

Solving time: 12 minutes. 

Solving a Chifonie puzzle often seems to me like a labour of love.  Nice when you finish, but you don’t get the feeling of accomplishment that you do with other setters.  I’m not sure why.  I regularly solve and enjoy Times puzzles which never have a theme to them, but this just seems a bit bland.

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Language and libertarianism

Posted by michod on 11th December 2007

michod.

I think we need a new term for a particular kind of clue – the ones which rely on a word in the clue being split into its component parts, in the way that all crosswords treat the words being clued. The most common example is using ‘indeed’ to clue a word going DE____ED.

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Guardian 24256/Rufus

Posted by linxit on 11th December 2007

linxit.

Solving time 10:07

Sorry for the lateness of the post, but I’ve been away from the computer all day and only just got round to solving it.
Typical Rufus with lots of cryptic definitions, and there were some good ones today. I especially liked 20A and 17A.

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