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Archive for April, 2008

FT 12,755/ Satori

Posted by smiffy on 30th April 2008

smiffy.

A rare outing for the full-perimeter (4×15-letter answer) grid. Although that does mean that quickly solving either 1A or 1D offers generous checking and a flying start.

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Independent 6720/Dac

Posted by John on 30th April 2008

John.

Although there are one or two I’m not sure about, this was not one of Dac’s most difficult. Which doesn’t prevent it from being well up to his usual standard. Is there some kind of a cinematic theme? Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24376 Araucaria -“Inconsiderate Service Order”

Posted by neildubya on 30th April 2008

neildubya.

So glad the luck of the draw gave me this benign but pleasant Araucaria to blog rather than yesterday’s Gordian nightmare.

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Guardian 24375/Gordius – ance upon a time

Posted by ilancaron on 29th April 2008

ilancaron.

This was hard work – with some answers really belonging in an advanced weekend puzzle — I found myself pulling out Chambers more than zero times, which is too many for a daily. I only fully understood the pair of 19 and 24 once I’d completed the puzzle — probably since I didn’t grow up in England in the 80s.

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Independent 6719 by Virgilius

Posted by nmsindy on 29th April 2008

nmsindy.

Another excellent themed puzzle from Virgilius, the theme becoming apparent to me only quite late on.

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Independent 6718 by Scorpion

Posted by NealH on 29th April 2008

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=rev.

Very tough puzzle by Scorpion, I thought.   There were three I didn’t fully understand.

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Financial Times 12,754 / by Jason

Posted by C G Rishikesh on 29th April 2008

C G Rishikesh.

After thirty minutes with the puzzle, I didn’t get 21ac and 24ac and 16dn. Any of my readers may please post the answers.

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The blog, yesterday.

Posted by neildubya on 29th April 2008

neildubya.

Apologies for the problems you all experienced yesterday in trying to reach the blog – it was out of action for pretty much for the whole day. Unfortunately the problem was at the server end, that is, with the company that hosts the site rather than with the blog itself, so there was nothing I could do to fix things, which was somewhat frustrating. I’m now trying to find out from the hosting company what the problem actually was and if it was solved satisfactorily.

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Guardian 24374 / Auster Holding things together

Posted by tilsit on 28th April 2008

tilsit.

Solving time: 12 minutes

Pleasant thematic start to the week, reminiscent of Altair’s puzzles, for those of an age.  A nice puzzle for those wanting to find their way into cryptics and themed puzzles.  With my purist’s hat on, I have a few reservations.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 363 – Taboo

Posted by beermagnet on 28th April 2008

beermagnet.

Last time I wondered if C had gone a step too far with his capitalisation.
This time I wonder if he has gone a C too far. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed blogging vacancy

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 27th April 2008

petebiddlecombe.

If you would like to write an Azed report about once a month, there’s a space going – one of our current bloggers wants to drop out. If you’d like to have a go, drop me a line – peter at biddlecombe dot demon dot co dot uk.

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Azed 1873

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 27th April 2008

petebiddlecombe.

Solving time: not recorded

I can’t remember how long this took or how much I used Chambers. But I made a wrong guess at the first letter of 17D, which suggests that the rest was solved without Chambers.

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Inquisitor 68 – A Very Big Mistake by Kruger

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 26th April 2008

Colin Blackburn.

For a blog of the puzzle see Duncan’s comment below. Many thanks Duncan.

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Guardian 24,367 (Sat 19 Apr)/Araucaria – Doodah doodah day

Posted by rightback on 26th April 2008

rightback.

Solving time: 11:58

The clueing in this puzzle was more ‘down the line’ than normal for Araucaria, I thought. Nothing too obscure either, although a couple where the wordplay helped me out.

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Independent 6716 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on 25th April 2008

nmsindy.

As usual, an excellent puzzle from the ever-reliable Phi. Solving time, 21 mins.

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