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Independent 6692 Phi / Weekend Warm Up

Posted by tilsit on 28th March 2008

tilsit.

Solving time: 29 minutes

I found it quite a challenge today and a suitable warm-up for the new Listener¬†due in a wee while.¬† Am a bit baffled about parsing 9 down, my guess is shown, but I think I’m wide of the mark.

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Independent 6687/Virgilius (22-03-08)

Posted by neildubya on 28th March 2008

neildubya.

4/14 provided the theme for this enjoyable puzzle, which I found a bit tougher than usual for this setter. What’s a bit strange though is that I count 13 men’s names in the grid: LUKE, JOHN, EDDIE, NICHOLAS, BASIL, ANDREW, JAMES, GEORGE, DAVID, PAUL, PETER, LAWRENCE and MARK. Which makes me wonder if I’ve got one of them wrong…? [Edit: as eimi points out below, Eddie is not a thematic answer as the other twelve are all saints] Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24,348 (Shed)

Posted by diagacht on 28th March 2008

diagacht.
Across
1 RIDICULE: CID (reversed) in RULE containing I
9 ANIMUS: NIM (old game) in AUS
10 AGATHA: AA aroung GATH (gun)
11 HIGH JUMP: a field event and what the doomed man is in for
13 MARASCHINO: anagram of O (old) + CHAIRS + MAN
15 REVAMPS: AVER (reversed) + MPS
16 TRIBADE: IB (I was expecting ‘ibid’) in TRADE
18 CHAUCERIAN: CHAN (as in Jackie Chan) around AIR + ECU (reversed); the ecu was a form of european currency
19 TOYS: being TOnYS without the N; reference is to the Antoinette Perry Awards for Theatre
20 ENTANGLE: E + NT (books) + ANGLE
22 BREWER: B (bishop) + RR (right revd, therefore bishop) around EWE
23 SELECT: SECT around EL (Chicago Elevated Train)
Down
1 RINGS THE CHANGES: anagram of GINS GRETCHEN HAS
2 TINTINNABULATES: 1 part 1 is ring, the definition; TINTIN (cub reporter) + NATES (buttocks) around ABUL (as in ABdUL without the d, the heart). This was the last clue I filled in.
3 SUGAR MAPLE: MAGUS (reversed) around R + APLE (hollow ApPLE)
4 LECHERY: LEERY around CH (Order of the Companions of Honour)
6 SIR JOHN BETJEMAN: anagram of HM JESTER IN BANJO
7 SUMMONED BY BELLS: as in Betjeman’s autobiography and Pavlov’s experiment
14 SPINGBUCK: SPRING BUCK (more usually springbok)
17 DIVERSE: VID (reversed and shortened form of video) + ERSE (language of lowland Scots)

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Inquisitor 64 GENERAL HOSPITAL by Arachne

Posted by Hihoba on 28th March 2008

Hihoba.

Excellent crossword! Quite testing and certainly fun, with enough continuous progress to keep you interested.

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Last call for S & B 4

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 28th March 2008

petebiddlecombe.

Just a quick reminder that some of us are gathering for another pub & grub session next Friday.

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