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Archive for January, 2008

Independent 6633/Nimrod

Posted by neildubya on 25th January 2008

neildubya.

Having just blogged Nimrod’s Thursday puzzle (6637) I can say that I found this one the easier of the two. I’m not really a big fan of long anagrams and I was lucky to get the two here reasonably early on. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 55 SLOPING OFF by Kea

Posted by Hihoba on 25th January 2008

Hihoba.

This was a corker!! I’m still not completely convinced that we’ve got it right, but here goes.

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FT 12,674/Bradman

Posted by smiffy on 25th January 2008

smiffy.

As one has come to expect from Bradman (or any other of his pseuDONyms), flawless technical merit receives a healthy dollop of creative/lateral thinking. ‘Twas ever thus, it seems.

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Independent 6637/Nimrod – Double Trouble

Posted by neildubya on 24th January 2008

neildubya.

Some clever grid construction here as one phrase appears twice in the grid and there’s a Nina too (see 5a below for an explanation). I found this quite hard going in places – I guessed a few answers and I couldn’t get 27a at all. I also don’t understand 28a. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24293 Brummie : Tree or False

Posted by neildubya on 24th January 2008

neildubya.

As previous discussed, I’m not a nature-boy, but ”False Acacia” seems a tad obscure - oh well, thanks for the Botany lesson, Brummie.  Otherwise quite a blood-thirsty set of clues todays with some great wordplay.

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Independent on Sunday 936 by Quixote (20/01/2008)

Posted by nmsindy on 24th January 2008

nmsindy.

Some unusual words made this one a little harder for me than some recently from Quixote.

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Financial Times 12,663 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 24th January 2008

Pete Maclean.

A moderately easy and thoroughly splendid offering from Cincinnus this week. It is a bit heavy on double-definition clues but there’s nothing wrong with that especially since only one of them is a plain and simple example; the others are decidedly clever.

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Guardian 24292/Paul – The truth hurts: money talks

Posted by ilancaron on 23rd January 2008

ilancaron.

A classic Paulene challenge though no Araucarian cross-refs nor complex multi-word anagrams. But still some charming and clever clues… as per usual I always feel entertained and gratified having solved Paul. Lots of clever cryptic definitions and allusions in the wordplay.

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Independent crosswords now online

Posted by neildubya on 23rd January 2008

neildubya.

The cryptic puzzle is here and the concise/simple puzzle is here.

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Independent 6636 by Dac

Posted by nmsindy on 23rd January 2008

nmsindy.

This had everything you could ask from a daily cryptic from this top setter.   Excellent misdirection, great variety, and all with everyday words.  Flawless construction.  Solving time, 25 mins.

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Independent 6635/Virgilius

Posted by John on 22nd January 2008

John.

A tour de force from Virgilius. Somehow he has managed to get some reference to a topic that continues to increase in importance into every clue, either in the answer or in the clue itself, sometimes more than once. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24291/Gordius

Posted by linxit on 22nd January 2008

linxit.

Quite a lot of general knowledge required to complete this one, although the trickier answers all had friendly wordplay so it can’t be accused of unfairness.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 356 – Beetle or Beatle

Posted by beermagnet on 22nd January 2008

beermagnet.

Sorry this is late. I should have posted this yesterday but simply forgot.
This seemed so small after the Xmas monster. I’m not sure I’ve chosen correctly on 29A. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 1859 (Plain)/ Tricky Stuff

Posted by tilsit on 21st January 2008

tilsit.

Solving Time: around 75 minutes.

A tough challenge from Azed this week with some straight-forward stuff, but one or two really tricky clues that took me a while to work out. 

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Independent 6634 (Glow-Worm)

Posted by NealH on 21st January 2008

NealH.

A solid puzzle by Glow-Worm, but I didn’t really understand the logic behind either of the 12 clues. Read the rest of this entry »

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