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Archive for April 3rd, 2008

Independent 6697 by Bannsider

Posted by nmsindy on 3rd April 2008

nmsindy.

A very tough puzzle by Bannsider.   Solving time, 64 mins.    Tremendous rigour and invention in clueing.   Just two that I do not fully understand, though I got them from definitions and crossing letters.   I’ve verified them using ‘reveal’.     Don’t think I could do puzzles like this every day, but they’re a real pleasure when they come around.

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Independent on Sunday 946 by Quixote (30 Mar 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on 3rd April 2008

nmsindy.

Solving time, 24 mins.

* = anagram < = reversed

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Financial Times 12,732 (Phssthpok)

Posted by diagacht on 3rd April 2008

diagacht.

This was by no means easy, with some unusual words, and some unsolved wordplay. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian Genius 57: Arachne — home economics

Posted by jetdoc on 3rd April 2008

jetdoc.

There were three kinds of clue here:
13 were ‘beset by inflation’ — they each included an extra letter.
13 were ‘beset by recession’ — a character string (not necessarily a whole word) within the clue needed to be reversed before solving.
The rest were normal, but their solutions had to ‘suffer property repossessions’ before being entered in the grid. This meant that a word for a property had to be removed. Nice idea, though I think some were a touch sub-prime execution-wise, when what was omitted was half of a two-word phrase (although, to be fair, at least all entries were proper words).

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Guardian 24,353 Paul – Torture : 1970′s Style

Posted by neildubya on 3rd April 2008

neildubya.

Satisfyingly diverse bunch of words here and some great wordplay. Paul’s clues are short and without a wasted word – like Bach to Araucaria’s Mozart . A few straight anagrams made it easier than the average Paul puzzle.

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Financial Times 12,722 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 3rd April 2008

Pete Maclean.

Here’s what I like: a puzzle that is challenging but so good I finished it fairly easily. For all that, I fail to fully understand 7D.

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