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Archive for January, 2008

Guardian 24299/Orlando – calling for a fatwa?

Posted by ilancaron on 31st January 2008

ilancaron.

Well-phrased wordplay and clues on the whole. I struggled with several, to my mind, esoteric refs (SQUEERS, OSBERT, TREVELYAN) but I’m sure someone better educated (in Britain!) than myself would not have been challenged.

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Independent 6643 by Tees

Posted by nmsindy on 31st January 2008

nmsindy.

I found this a very tough puzzle, esp the lower half but also the long 20-letter phrase in the top half which was new to me.    But I got there in the end and there were some excellent clues.   Solving time, 61 mins.

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Independent on Sunday 937 by Quixote (27/01/2008)

Posted by nmsindy on 31st January 2008

nmsindy.

A little harder than usual from Quixote, I found. Solving time, 31 mins.

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Financial Times 12,669 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 31st January 2008

Pete Maclean.

A fairly routine puzzle from Mudd here. I completed it fairly quickly because I found the clues for the three long answers easy. Still, 11A and 5D took some puzzling over.

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Guardian 24298/Araucaria

Posted by linxit on 30th January 2008

linxit.

Blimey, that was tough! It didn’t help that I’m nursing a hangover from last night (beer tasting event) but I think I’d have struggled anyway. Took about 45 minutes, but I had to use reference books to finish it.

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Independent 6642/Dac

Posted by John on 30th January 2008

John.

One of Dac’s easier puzzles I think, but none the worse for that. Consistently excellent clueing as usual. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24297/Brendan

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 29th January 2008

Colin Blackburn.

An absolutely superb Brendan. Many of the clues were outstanding, in fact the weaker ones were the thematic clues. The theme was a rambling one connecting John DONNE (10) and Ernest HEMINGWAY (14) starting from the ISLE OF MAN (9). Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6641/Virgilius

Posted by neildubya on 29th January 2008

neildubya.

Another thematic tour-de-force from Virgilius; this time almost every clue or answer has a royal flavour to it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardia 24,296, Rufus: I hope you like jam in too

Posted by michod on 28th January 2008

michod.

As Bob Marley used to sing, though I don’t think that’s what he put in his cylinders. That one at 8down’s my favourite cryptic definition in a mixed bag. Overall, though I think the best clues are the very economic charades/containers like 2dn, 17ac and 24ac, rather than the CDs and anagrams.

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Independent 6640 (Mass)

Posted by NealH on 28th January 2008

NealH.

Initially I thought this was going to be very easy. I got through most of the clues fairly quickly but then got hopelessly stuck on 8 across, 25 across and 24 down, some of which was self-inflicted because I’d incorrectly written “plot” for 2 down.

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Azed 1860

Posted by linxit on 27th January 2008

linxit.

Solving time 47:10, with one clue left (which I eventually got while writing this blog entry).

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Guardian 24,289 (Sat 19 Jan)/Araucaria – Horseplay

Posted by rightback on 26th January 2008

rightback.

Solving time: Gave up on 10ac and 7dn after 18 mins, with 9dn also wrong.

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Independent and FT Crosswords for new solvers

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 26th January 2008

petebiddlecombe.

This post is a short guide to Independent and FT cryptic crosswords for those trying them out in their new free online forms. It’s particularly directed at any US-based solvers who haven’t seen these particular puzzles before. (It started out as a guide for the Indie ones, but then I remembered that the FT puzzles are currently available for free too. The information about FT puzzles is less detailed, as I’ve never been a regular FT solver myself.)

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Independent 6638 / Phi Where was Les SylPHIdes?

Posted by tilsit on 25th January 2008

tilsit.

Pirouetting into sight today is Phi with a puzzle containing some well-known (and not so well-known) ballets.

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Guardian 24,294, Taupi: Poetic licence

Posted by michod on 25th January 2008

michod.

Easier than it looked at first glance. Some nice clues, with concise and convincing surfaces. One or two slightly loose definitions, but I guess you can put that down to 8down!

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