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Archive for February 5th, 2008

Guardian – 24303(Araucaria) By George!

Posted by neildubya on 5th February 2008

neildubya.

My first blog and — as luck would have it — it’s the monkey-puzzle man himself. At first, I was regretting that third tequila last night but once the triple espresso kicked in, things started falling rapidly into place. Once you have the plays of George Bernard Shaw theme, the puzzle was fairly straightforward, though it included the usual Araucaria gems and literary references.

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Independent 6647/Punk

Posted by John on 5th February 2008

John.

I had been expecting a comparatively easy ride today; evidently we have a treat in store on Saturday. Although this took a long time, as Punk’s crosswords always do, it was very good: some excellent clues and no apparently weak ones. But I’m still bewildered by the 16 11 thing. OK it’s Scottish football teams, but how does “Scottish lienal” give that? Obviously some devilish cryptic idea that passed me by but which somebody will explain.

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Financial Times 12,683 (Armonie)

Posted by diagacht on 5th February 2008

diagacht.
Across
5 BASSOON: BAS(s) and SOON
9 EXTRA: EX and ART reversed
10 GOLDCREST: G and OLD and C and REST
11 ARISTOTLE: anagram of TRIES A LOT
13 EXTOL: in sussEX TOLkien
15 WINDSWEPT: WINDS and WEPT
18 PORTRAYAL: RAY (as in Charles) in PORTAL
19 ROUND: double meaning
21 ROGUE: G in ROUE
23 SIGHT-READ: SIGH and TREAD
25 ORIGINATE: anagram of TO NIGERIA
26 TEASE: T and EASE
27 ENTITLE: NT (National Trust) in anagram of ELITE
28 NANKEEN: NAN and KEEN
Down
1 PEERAGE: EER in PAGE
2 OUTFITTER: OUT and FITTER
3 EXACT: EX and PLAY
4 RIGHT AWAY: RIGHT (repair) A WAY
5 BILGE: G in BILE
6 SUCCESSOR: SUCCESS and OR
8 NOTELET: ETON (reversed) and LET
14 LARCENIST: anagram of IN SCARLET
16 NILE GREEN: anagram of IRENE GLEN
17 ENUMERATE: I think this must be right but haven’t spotted the wordplay
18 PURPOSE: PO (post office) in PURSE
20 DUDGEON: DUD and G and EON
22 GLINT: G and LINT
23 SHAKE: S and HAKE
24 TITAN: TIT(i)an without the i

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