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Independent 6690 by Dac

Posted by nmsindy on 26th March 2008

nmsindy.

Very tough today, and some excellent misdirection by Dac.  Solving time, 39 mins.    A little rushed today- one not fully understood yet, but verified using ‘Reveal’ that I got it right.

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Guardian 24,236 Araucaria – Mano A Mano

Posted by neildubya on 26th March 2008

neildubya.

<Insert my usual hero-worshipping gush about how great Araucaria is here>

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Financial Times 12,725 (Cinephile)

Posted by diagacht on 26th March 2008

diagacht.
Across
1 VERBAL: hidden in oVERBALance
5 PERISHED: PERI + SHED
9 STRAIGHT: double definition
10,29 BREATHTAKING: &Lit
12 HONORARY: NOR (and not) in HOARY
14 WATER BUFFALO: anagram of WAFFLER ABOUT
18 TRANSMISSION: anagram of SINS IN A STORM
22,28,27 IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE: John Reid and Liam Fox are both MPs and also doctors
25 ANYWAY: double definition
Down
2 ESTATE: double definition
3 BLACK SWAN: B + LACKS + WAN
4 LOGARITHM: GARI (the ginger served with sushi) in LOTH (alternative spelling for loath) + M (monsieur); John Napier the Scotsman ‘discovered’ logs
5 PITCHER: double definition
6 ROBIN: as in robing without the g
8 ENTIRELY: anagram of NET (network) + I RELY
15 UNIVALENT: VALE in UNIN (union without love) + T
16 FANCYWORK: &Lit
17 PROSPERO: PROS + PER + O
19,13 SEE OFF: SEE (diocese) OFF (office without the ice)
20 SPARTAN: ART in SPAN
23 HABIT: use in a convent
24 RIDER: double definition

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Not about crosswords (again)

Posted by neildubya on 26th March 2008

neildubya.

A year ago today I posted a message to this blog saying that my wife had just given birth to our first child. This was him then:

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Independent 6689/Merlin

Posted by John on 25th March 2008

John.

I didn’t do this quickly, although looking at it now I bet some people did. One problem was that I wrote an answer in the wrong place, and when I transferred it to the right place wrote it in backwards, so there were some delays. Merlin makes use of the latitude afforded by The Indy to do things that a Times setter couldn’t do: to use “a” for one (3dn) and to refer to living people (2dn, 25 ac). Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times / 12724 by Jason

Posted by C G Rishikesh on 25th March 2008

C G Rishikesh.

I took longer to solve this puzzle than the others that I have done here before. To tell the truth, I have all except 18dn (where, of course, I can guess the second word of the phrase); 29ac: I can guess the word from the crossings and also from “Destroy” part of the clue, but the full annotation/explanation eludes me at the moment of writing. While in the earlier FT crosswords I found full justification for every clue, here I am floundering. 

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Guardian 24345/Gordius – The Pope’s a rapist?

Posted by ilancaron on 25th March 2008

ilancaron.

A mix of the easy and the hard. I had to trawl Google a bit here and there. Finding one of my answers on this very site (see 24A). Questions about some of the last downs … lots of useful comments have clarified things!

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Guardian 24344/Rufus

Posted by linxit on 24th March 2008

linxit.

Solving time 14:43

I raced through the top half in a couple of minutes, but then struggled with the bottom half and really struggled with the SE corner. Nothing particularly difficult and all seemed pretty straightforward once I got them, so it was just down to me losing the plot rather than the clues being tougher. Really good surface readings throughout, not a shaky one to be seen.

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Independent No 6688 by Punk

Posted by NealH on 24th March 2008

NealH.

* = anag, < = reversed, () = dropped

The bird theme made this crossword the easiest Monday puzzle for some time, but the clues were all well-constructed and there were some good cryptic definitions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 63: 20 Across by Schadenfreude

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 23rd March 2008

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Solving time: about an hour

I solved a fair number of clues cold and then wondered what was going on, but then saw that all the answers with different lengths to the grid entries were one letter shorter and contained IT. Possibly with the help of some checking letters, the phrase RUN FOR IT was then a fairly obvious candidate to fit 20A. The double replacements in the centrally placed HOSPITALITY and CASSITERITE are a nice touch, as is the high proportion of answers with the transformation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 1868 – Carte Blanche

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 23rd March 2008

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Solving time: about 2 hours – with one answer wrong, it turns out

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Guardian 24,337 (Sat 15 Mar)/Brummie – Called to the Bar

Posted by rightback on 22nd March 2008

rightback.

Solving time: lost.

A nice change from Araucaria, and a pretty standard Guardian puzzle with nothing too difficult, although a couple of harder words; 3dn held me up the most. There’s also a mini-theme in the perimeter (WASHING THE CAR, MOWING THE LAWN, WALKING THE DOG and finally GOING TO THE PUB).

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Guardian 24342/Chifonie

Posted by linxit on 21st March 2008

linxit.

Solving time 9:09

A pretty straightforward puzzle from Chifonie today – I don’t often finish non-Rufus Guardian puzzles in under 10 minutes. Still, there were some good clues and a few less familiar words in there, along with a couple of old chestnuts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6686/Eimi

Posted by John on 21st March 2008

John.

So now we see why Phi was on Tuesday: Eimi had ready a nice 28ac crossword. I hesitate to say that it was tough, but it took me ages, and some of the references were so obscure that I had to use Google. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6681/Math

Posted by neildubya on 21st March 2008

neildubya.

I wonder if anyone will solve this without realising there’s a theme? There are a number of 6d 14a in the grid (highlighted in bold below) as well as in almost every clue, along with non-16d 14a and singers. In the Across clues the only ones without a thematic reference were: 1,5,12 and 18. In the Downs, the following all contained a band, singer or song: 2,3,5,7,13,16,19,20,23 and 25.  Also, 6d 14a is To get all that thematic material into a 15 x 15 puzzle and yet still be accessible to every solver is quite a feat. Read the rest of this entry »

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