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Archive for December 19th, 2007

FT 12,644/Neo

Posted by smiffy on 19th December 2007

smiffy.

A far later posting than anticipated. Just realised that I should probably have followed blogging best practice and posted a placeholder here earlier in the day, especially as I actually solved the thing this morning [note to self….].  Anyhoo, yer ’tis.
Smiffy-ness update: Seem that I accidentally managed to save this as a draft, rather than publish it, last night – so now the posting is even later! Apols.

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Guardian 24264/Araucaria

Posted by linxit on 19th December 2007

linxit.

Solving time – 26:40

I struggled to get going on this, and after 10 minutes only had half a dozen answers in, but gradually managed to work up from the bottom right-hand corner and finish it.

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Independent 6607/Dac

Posted by neildubya on 19th December 2007

neildubya.
Across
1 PACK, L in CAB (all reversed) – the BLACKCAP is a small songbird.
9 INDI[-a]’S,POSITION – I found this very tough and only got the answer by finding a word that fit the letters I had and working back from there.
10 W,AGE FREEZE – “frees”. This was deceptive too as, to me at least, “relieves” sounded like it was part of the definition.
12 KENS,IT – Patsy. Is she in some soap or other these days?
14 T,I,B in MALES
24 ZA in TARN
25 (THE RACES)* – CHEATERS. Wasn’t sure about this at the time of solving but dictionaries confirm that CHEATERS is a slang word for spectacles or glasses.
 
Down
2 AIR in LAGE[-r] – I think LAIRAGE is right although it’s not in any dictionary I currently have access to (which doesn’t include Collins or Chambers).
3 R in CADE – was a bit unsure about this one too but a bit of searching finds that Jack CADE led a rebellion of men who tried to force reforms on the government of Henry VI.
4 CAST,RATED – was definitely not expecting “having lost balls” to be the definition here!
5 (STINT TOP TEACHER)* – PROTESTANT ETHIC.
6 JU[-st]ICE
8 (UNNAMED)* – I can’t believe how long it took me to spot “suspect” as the anagram indicator. But what a good clue though: “Unnamed suspect with no distinguishing features”.
17 BANK,I’S<,A – I’m hopeless with plants, flowers and whatnot but this wasn’t too tricky.

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Financial Times 12,636 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 19th December 2007

Pete Maclean.

Last week we had an unusually difficult puzzle by Cincinnus. This week we have an unusually easy one by Mudd.

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