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Archive for February, 2008

Independent 6659/Virgilius

Posted by neildubya on 19th February 2008

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Make the most of this puzzle, we might not see a Virgilius next week, unless he has a few puzzles in the pipeline. Not sure if this constitutes a theme but lots of answers have Is or Ts in them (see 15/18). Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6658 by Tees

Posted by NealH on 18th February 2008

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* = anag, < = reversed

Another very tough Monday puzzle by Tees with a slight theme of political party leaders (although Nick Clegg was either overlooked or just couldn’t be fitted into the puzzle). Since the online crossword is now appearing the same day as the paper version and it has a reveal function to show the answer, I can’t see the point of skipping any clues, so I’ll give all the answers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24314/Rufus

Posted by linxit on 18th February 2008

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One of Rufus’s easier offerings for the most part, with some real beginners’ clues. Look at the first 4 across clues – you have easy examples of the 4 basic clue types: anagram, charade, cryptic def, double def. I’m sure that must have been deliberate. There were a few more difficult words however, so it wasn’t a complete doddle. Solved in about 8 mins, mainly due to hesitation over 18d as I only knew the archaic meaning of almsgiver.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 358 – Hello Sailor!

Posted by beermagnet on 18th February 2008

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A lot of comedic sailors in the puzzle answers this time, what with PRATFALL crossing with SLAPSTICK and a raft of TARS, SALTS, SAILORS, RATINGS and SEAMEN. Strangely, I hadn’t noticed this mini-theme until writing this blog. Also strange in the circumstances – no sign of Ted Heath. Read the rest of this entry »

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AZED 1863

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 17th February 2008

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Solving time: not recorded, but I did finish this without looking anything up. 8/11 were the last two to go in. A couple of quibbles at 12 and 35, and some of the puzzlement that you can easily get if you think too hard about the def’s in Chambers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24,307 (Sat 9 Feb)/Araucaria – Water torture

Posted by rightback on 16th February 2008

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Solving time: About 30 mins; two missing, one wrong.

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Independent puzzles online – an update

Posted by neildubya on 15th February 2008

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Good news for those of you wanting to try the Independent cryptic – puzzles are now available online on the same day as they appear in the newspaper (Saturday puzzles are still a week late though).

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Independent 6656 / Phi – Fairly straightforward

Posted by tilsit on 15th February 2008

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Solving time: 12 minutes

After yesterday’s tough Nimrod, and a generally tricky week all round in most papers, this made a nice change with a straightforward Phi challenge. 4ac was a bit of  a tease with either of two answers able to go in, and I went for the wrong one first!

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Guardian 24312/Brummie

Posted by linxit on 15th February 2008

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Solving time – 17:05

This started out fairly straightforward and I made good progress, thinking I was going to finish inside 10 minutes for a while. Then I got stuck in two places, with the pair at 8d/10a, and three crossing at the bottom 18d, 23a/d. Still, today’s Times took me twice as long, so I can’t grumble.

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Independent 6651/Nestor

Posted by neildubya on 15th February 2008

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I found this very tough but a thoroughly enjoyable solve. Lots of great clues (my personal favourite is 12a), and a very clever touch at 19 and 20d. I’m still unsure about 17a, 21a and 18d though. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 58 – EVE by Schadenfreude

Posted by duncanshiell on 14th February 2008

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The preamble to the puzzle indicated that it included 12 unclued entries, four of which (11a, 35a, 22d and 24d) would represent a recent sequence in the correct order.

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Guardian 24311/Quantum

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 14th February 2008

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Too many cryptic definitions for my taste. The answers I’ve not blogged are probably CDs. Quantum’s best clues here are the short simple clues rather than the CDs.
* = anagram
< = reversal
“…” = homophone
dd = double definition

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Independent 6655/Nimrod

Posted by neildubya on 14th February 2008

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I found this very tough but fun. There are still a few clues that I don’t fully understand though – 10a, 25a,27a and 18d. There’s also a Valentine’s Day Nina in the unchecked letters in the first and last columns of the grid: IVE GOT MY EYE ON YOU. I didn’t spot this until the last couple of answers were filled in, which was annoying as an extra letter here and there would have been a big help for some of the clues. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent on Sunday 939 by Quixote (10 Feb 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on 14th February 2008

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Not too difficult a puzzle, I thought. Solving time, 15 mins. All the four 15-letter entries were direct anagrams.

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Financial Times 12,681 by Falcon

Posted by Pete Maclean on 14th February 2008

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I do not recall coming across Falcon before and am almost sure I have not done a Weekend FT puzzle by this compiler. I found this particular one very easy which is a little curious because usually with a new compiler I find I need a little time to feel my way into his/her style. I especially liked clues 10A and 7D. 15D is also clever but the reference is perhaps a bit obscure for us non-Londoners.

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