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Archive for March 20th, 2008

Guardian 24,341 – Quantum

Posted by manehi on 20th March 2008

manehi.

Apologies for the brief blog, but a host of things came up and I’ve only just found time to solve this. It was quite tricky, and I haven’t the time to think some clues through or google them, so please correct me/ help me out. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6685 by Nimrod

Posted by nmsindy on 20th March 2008

nmsindy.

Nimrod’s puzzles have a very individual style, rarely more exemplified than here. Found it very hard, but got there in the end, but decided I’d better verify in some cases by using the new free ‘reveal’ facility which confirmed my answers.

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Independent on Sunday 944 by Quixote (16 Mar 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on 20th March 2008

nmsindy.

Not too difficult – solving time, 18 mins

* = anagram

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Independent 6684 – Dac

Posted by tilsit on 20th March 2008

tilsit.

Solving time:  23 minutes 

Apologies for the late hour of posting, but a long day of hospital treatment left me rather zonked.   This was a typical enjoyable Dac puzzle with elegant surface readings and clever devices, although a couple of petty quibbles.

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Financial Times 12,721 (Adamant)

Posted by diagacht on 20th March 2008

diagacht.
Across
1 DEMOCRATIC: DEMOCRAT (like Hillary Clinton) + IC (in charge)
9 OPAL: OP (work) + A L (a beginner)
10 FENESTRATE: anagram of ERNEST in FATE
11 STATUS: S US (South America) around TA T (thanks to time)
12 RENEGADE: anagram of ANGERED + E (end of truce)
13 DYNAMITE: MANY (reversed) in anagram of TIDE
18 BANISTER: &Lit
22 POIGNANT: PO (river) + IGNANT (ignorant without or)
23 REMEDY: hidden and reversed in buY DEMERara
25 PENICILLIN: anagram of NICE PILL IN
27 NAVY: VAN (reversed) + Y (yard)
28 YESTERDAYS: refers to Alice Rock a two piece band (not sure I see the cryptic bit unless it is purely &Lit)
Down
2 EMPATHY: anagram of THEY MAP
3 OWLET: &Lit
4 REFUSNIK: REFUS (refuse cut short) + KIN reversed
5 TEN GREEN BOTTLES: &Lit
6 CASINO: A SIN (an evil) in CO (company)
7 EGREGIOUS: EG (for example) + REG (king) + IOUS (debts)
14 AMBIGUITY: BIG U (large university) in AMITY
16 ENTRANCE: anagram of CENTRE A N (new)
18 CHOLERA: HOLE in anagram of CAR
21 CAVITY: A V (a very) in CITY (finance centre)
24 MATED: as in to mate, to win a hand, and to win a game of chess

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Financial Times 12,711 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 20th March 2008

Pete Maclean.

Here is Mudd in fine form. I found 16D difficult and still do not quite see how “go” is clued.

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