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Guardian 24324/ Araucaria Friday Fun

Posted by neildubya on 29th February 2008

neildubya.

I thought this was a terrific crossword, witty, entertaining and erudite. The bad news was that though I solved it I feel that sometimes I had answers without full understanding. So, more than usual, I look forward to comments and explanations from those that have them and would be good enough to post them.  
Across
1  SEANCES – amusing clue which was just the start of a really entertaining puzzle.

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Independent 6668/Phi

Posted by neildubya on 29th February 2008

neildubya.
Across
1 (WAS)* in DON – Les DAWSON, my favourite comedian when I was young.
10 WING,C,HAIR
11 TO[-l]KE[-i]N – Tolkein was the first name that sprung to mind when I saw “fantasy writer” but I thought that “bumping off a couple of characters” meant taking two from the beginning or end of the clue so I dismissed it and started thinking of alternatives.
13 NOT in MOO,NOUS – MONOTONOUS doesn’t look like a word you could do an awful lot with so I think Phi has done really well here: “Dull, low intelligence, not internalised”.
15 MATE in AU,R
16 A,PEELS< – another good clue with a smooth surface reading.
19 OR in MASS – we’re used to seeing “men” indicate OR but “standard servicemen” does the job and also helps with the deception in “bog standard”.
25 PI[-p]ER
29 (EVEN)* in NERD
 
Down
1 DOWN,O in LAD – shouldn’t the definition be “podcast, say” as a podcast in one of many types of DOWNLOAD?
2 (NEW IN)*,BAG,O
5 (O,A[-s],A,RULE)* – AUREOLA. Looks easy now but at the time I had all sorts of problems parsing this.
14 (DANE I REACT)* – DERACINATE. Not an easy anagram.
17 [-cr]EDIBILITY – another one I had problems with as I thought I was looking for a word beginning C,R followed by something meaning “lacking in confidence”
21 I,C in POLY
22 BIG (going up),BON[-e]
26 hidden in “capitaL IM Assured”.

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Independent 6663/Scorpion

Posted by neildubya on 29th February 2008

neildubya.

I have a number of crossword wishes waiting to be carried out by the crossword genie and one of them is for Scorpion puzzles to appear more often. Yes, they are very tough but I find them very satisfying to solve. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every Scorpion puzzle I’ve solved and this was no exception. Lots of great clues to savour here but, for me, 14d is simply brilliant, and brilliantly simple. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 60 – Proceedings by Zero

Posted by duncanshiell on 28th February 2008

duncanshiell.

The title – Proceedings – alludes to ‘Carry on’, so this crossword was an entertaining romp down the history of ‘Carry On …….’ films, of which there were twenty-nine original and one compilation made between 1958 and 1978.

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FT 12,703 by Viking

Posted by nmsindy on 28th February 2008

nmsindy.

An excellent puzzle, with great manipulation of letters in anagrams in many cases to give &lit clues where the whole clue, as well as providing the wordplay, also gives the definition of the answer.   The highish proportion of anagrams made it a reasonably fast solve for me, 22 mins.

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Independent 6667 / Nimrod

Posted by tilsit on 28th February 2008

tilsit.

Solving time: 25 minutes.

 Quite devious from young Nimrod today with a couple of ambiguous solutions until you get the intersecting answers.  Very enjoyable with a couple of forehead slapping moments.

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Independent on Sunday 941 by Quixote (24 Feb 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on 28th February 2008

nmsindy.

The usual pleasing puzzle from Quixote. Quite easy, I found, solving time, 14 mins. Would recommend these puzzles to beginners, clues self-contained with little cultural knowledge required (either classical or modern) to solve.

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Guardian 24,323 Shed : Apologies to Dafydd Gonzales …

Posted by neildubya on 28th February 2008

neildubya.

… the Hispanic Welshman who would have been insulted by both 9a and 4d.

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Financial Times 12,693 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 28th February 2008

Pete Maclean.

An easier-than-usual Mudd this week.

Across
1. SHELLAC – HELL (very hot) in SAC (bag)
5. MINARET – ERA (time) reversed in MINT (perfect)
9. GRUFF – [ribbin]G + RUFF (frill)
10. REPUGNANT – UP backwards in REGNANT (ruling)
11. AMPERSAND – [h]AMPERS + AND
12. TOTAL – TOT (little one) + AL[l]
13. REAR-VIEW MIRROR – REAR (bring up) + VIEW (opinion) + MIRROR (newspaper)
18. OUT OF ONES DEPTH – double definition
20. ORDER – double definition
22. SHORTHORN – THOR (God) in SHORN (no wool)
24. STAINLESS – anagram of SALTINESS
25. READY – READ (US major) + [arm]Y
26. LOTTERY – OTTER (swimmer) in LY (limits of lucky)
27. NOWHERE – double definition

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Independent 6666 by Math

Posted by nmsindy on 27th February 2008

nmsindy.

A very, satisfying, toughish, puzzle with the puzzle number used thematically. Solving time, 29 mins.

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Guardian 24322/Chifonie – one letter at a time

Posted by ilancaron on 27th February 2008

ilancaron.

Many clues with the parts of speech and/or meanings in the wordplay and surface surprisingly different which made this quite an enjoyable puzzle. Quite a few single letter abbrevs as well — not all of which I was comfortable with.

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Guardian 24321/Paul

Posted by linxit on 26th February 2008

linxit.

Solving time 16:22

Another feast of libertarianism from Paul, but I thought the long answer starting at 17 was just brilliant. Some rather whimsical answers too today – 21D had me scratching my head for a while.

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Independent 6665/Dac

Posted by John on 26th February 2008

John.

Rather harder than usual for Dac, I thought, but as usual it’s full of very nice clues. Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 12,701 (Quark)

Posted by diagacht on 26th February 2008

diagacht.
Across
1 SECOND THOUGHTS: SECOND (back) THOUGHTS (ideas)
9 ERSATZ: anagram of RATES + Z (last letter)
10 BANDSMAN: &Lit
13 ARCANE: CAN in anagram of ERA
15 SHED: double definition
16 CROUTON: anagram of COUNT OR
25 AMATOL: hidden in drAMA TO Liven
26 BRICKBAT: RICK (stack) in BBAT (f-flier)
28 RETAINER: double definition
29 CRUISE: I in CRUSE (vessel)
30,31 WRONGFUL ARREST: &Lit
Down
1 SEEDCASE: SEE (observe) + DC (current) + anagram of SEA
2 COSTLIER: anagram of STORE L (left) I (one) C (about, circa)
3 NOTIFY: anagram of IF TONY
5 HEAR: approval might be indicated by HEAR-HEAR
6 UNDERDOG: anagram of grounded
7 HYMNAL: &Lit
8 SINKER: StINKER (difficult task). Take out ‘t’ (time) to get a SINKER, a US doughnut.
11 REPROOF: REP (traveller) + ROOF (on top)
17 ENCODING: CO (commanding officer) in ENDING
18 BOMB SITE: anagram of I BET MOBS
19 MALTREAT: MALT (liquor) + anagram of RATE
22 BARROW: double definition
23 TATTOO: double definition
27 MENU: MEN (people) + U (university)

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Independent Crossword 6664 by Mordred

Posted by NealH on 25th February 2008

NealH.

* = anag, < = reversed, () = dropped letter

A good mixture of clues, with some quite tough ones (like 8 across) and some fairly easy. I quite enjoyed it, but it might require a bit too much general knowledge for some people. Read the rest of this entry »

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