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Guardian 24,320 (Arachne)

Posted by diagacht on 25th February 2008

diagacht.
Across
1 TESTAMENT: the male organ is presumably STAMEN but I can’t get offensive from TET
9 THE BEGGARS OPERA: anagram of A BERG’S GREAT HOPE
10 ROUT: gROUT firing German (g)
14 DIARRHOEA: anagram of A HORRID + EA (is EA an abbreviation for enema?)
16 SASHA: SAS and HA (Hawaii); I think this must be right but I thought the abbreviation for Hawaii is HI
18 TOLERANCE: anagram of TO CLEANER
20 EGO IDEAL: EGO + ID (physchological concepts) + EA (each) + L (last letter of theoretical)
25 PUT ON A BRAVE FACE: &Lit
26 REEVE: hidden in raRE EVErglades
27 TIGERS EYE: TIGERS (those who are determined) + EYE (to look); tiger’s eye is a chatoyant gemstone (apparently)
Down
1 TUTOR: TUT + OR (ordinary ranks)
2 SPECULA: U (head of urology) in anagram of PLACES
5 THREE BALLS: clearly right as it is the pawnbroker’s sign but ‘over half shunned’?
6 MOONRAKERS: MOONRAKER (Bond film) + S (singular); moonrakers are sails that fly above the skysail
7 SLEDGED: SL (Sri Lankan openers) + EDGED (to play a poor stroke in cricket)
8 STARSTONE: STARS + T (ultimately covet) + ONE (a particular kind)
12 BREAK DANCE: anagram of BAD NECK EAR
13 PORT TALBOT: PORT (left) + TALBOT (breed of dog)
14 DISTEMPTER: D (doctor) + IS (lives) + TEMPER (alleviate)
17 SCOTTIE: S (small) + COT (bed) + TIE (like perhaps a dicky bow)
19 NEONATE: NEON (gas) + ATE (corrosive)
22 THEME: T (time) + HEM (edge) + E (energy)
23 YANG: hidden in malaYAN Gkossary

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Guardian 24,313 (Sat 16 Feb)/Paul – A bit Pete Tong

Posted by rightback on 24th February 2008

rightback.

Solving time: 10 mins, one missing (13dn), one wrong (18ac)

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Azed 1,864

Posted by tilsit on 24th February 2008

tilsit.

Solved in three sittings totalling over 75 minutes.

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Guardian 24318/Rover – Flat Friday

Posted by neildubya on 22nd February 2008

neildubya.

I ended up feeling slightly deflated by this puzzle. There were a couple of clues which I really liked, and several that I thought were a bit pedestrian. Maybe it was me that was flat and not the puzzle. Any clarification on 7 down would be welcome.

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Financial Times 12,698 (Bradman)

Posted by diagacht on 22nd February 2008

diagacht.
Across
1 CONSCRIPTS: CON (study) + SCRIPTS
7 SEAN: SEdAN being heartless
10 DOLLS HOUSE: anagram of HULL DOES SO
11 CARPAL: CARP + ALl (almost all)
12 TWITCHER: WITCH in TER
13 ARMAGNAC: A RM (jolly) + A G (good) + CAN (reversed)
15 AIDE: A sIDE with the leader sacked
19 LOATHING: LO + A THING
22 COUPLETS: COUP + LETS (sanctions)
23 LEGION: LEG (on in cricket) + I + ON
28 TEMPORISES: TEMPO RISES
Down
2 OPEN-AIR: OP + E (last letter of done) + anagram of RAIN
3 SCRAP: double definition
4 REDOLENT: REDO LENT
5 POLITICAL ASYLUM: anagram of A PLUM LOCALITY IS
7 SLOWCOACH: WC (John) in anagram of A SCHOOL
14 A CAPELLA: A CAPP (being Andy Capp) + ELLA
16 WALLAROO: WALL + A ROOm (a space mostly is room without last letter)
18 MOOCHER: MOO + CHER
20 NEONATE: NEON + ATE
21 JET SET: double defintion
24 GENII: As in Gen (short for Genesis, the first book of the scriptures) Chapter 1, Verse 1, which is the first verse

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Independent 6662/Phi

Posted by John on 22nd February 2008

John.

Nothing very controversial I think – the usual excellent crossword from Phi. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6657/Monk – Bullet-proof!

Posted by neildubya on 22nd February 2008

neildubya.

A puzzle of two halves for me; the Downs were all pretty easy but the Acrosses less so. All good fun though. No Nina or theme that I can see but I might be missing something subtle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 59 – Commemoration by Hypnos

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 22nd February 2008

petebiddlecombe.

Solving time: no recorded – let’s call it 90 minutes

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Guardian, 24317 (Gordius)

Posted by diagacht on 21st February 2008

diagacht.
Across
1 JETSAM: SAM (American) after JET
8 ITCHIER: anagram of RICH TEa + I; you need to replace the “a” with an “i” (one for a)
9 HACKSAW: HACK (reporter) + SAW (has a point)
11 SWEEPING REFORMS: &Lit
13 SUPERSONIC: SIC (so) around U (classy) and PERSON
17 IDLE GOSSIP: anagram of PIGS SOILED
18 ESAU: USE (reversed) around A
20 CARBON FOOTPRINT: FOOT in CARBON PRINT
23 PINTADO: PINT (beer) + ADO (trouble); a pintado is a kind of sea bird
24 IN FANCY: a kind of double definition; to dream is to hold in fancy
25 BETTER: double definition
26 LAYMEN: anagram of MEANLY
Down
2 ECCLESIAL: I don’t get this one. I think it is ECCLESIAL; it fits and is connected to church.
3 STIRPS: STRIPS with the “I” and “R” swapped to follow the change of heart
4 MERINGUES: anagram of MINERS + GUESs (without the final “S”)
5 EPHOR: EP (record) + H (hard) + OR (other ranks?). An ephor was a magistrate in ancient Greece.
6 PACIFIST: CAP (reversed) + I FIST
8 ITS A FAIR COP: &Lit
10 WEST COUNTRY: anagram of COWS YET TURN
14 EDITORIAL: sounds like EDDY and TORY and AL (does it?)
15 NESCIENCE: anagram of NICE SCENE, meaning ignorant
16 IGNORANT: I GRANT around NO
19 SPIFFY: SP (childless, sine prole) + IFFY (dubious)
21 RONTE: presumably referring to Bramwell Bronte, a brother of Anne, Emily, and Charlotte. The initial “B” needs to be dropped. Ronte is another word for runt, although it’s a new one on me.
   

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Independent 6661 by Eimi

Posted by nmsindy on 21st February 2008

nmsindy.

Some very good and varied material here – quick progress early on, but slow to finish.

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Independent on Sunday 940 by Quixote (17 Feb 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on 21st February 2008

nmsindy.

I found this a little harder than usual from Quixote. Solving time: 27 mins.

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Financial Times 12,687 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 21st February 2008

Pete Maclean.

Another beauty from Cincinnus. Don’t you love 27A? Also great are 12A and 26D.

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Independent 18.02.08 by Dac

Posted by tilsit on 20th February 2008

tilsit.

Apologies for the lateness of posting, but some intravenous drugs managed to lay me low for a little while longer than expected today.

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Guardian 24,316 Taupi – Lanstriterate

Posted by neildubya on 20th February 2008

neildubya.

Quite straightforward, with a pleasing lack of green dolphins (see yesterday’s puzzle)

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Guardian 24315/Orlando – about midnight

Posted by ilancaron on 19th February 2008

ilancaron.

Well, according to my local clock it’s still today Tuesday. So by the letter of the law, this isn’t late. I like Orlando’s clean Ximenean sensibility which means precise, albeit sometimes surprising clues. This puzzle was no exception. Not sure about a couple of defs, but I trust someone to illuminate.

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