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Independent 6710/Phi

Posted by John on 18th April 2008

John.

The usual sound and enjoyable stuff from Phi – there don’t seem to be many novels here and I wonder if I’m missing anything. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24366/Shed – 20V

Posted by ilancaron on 18th April 2008

ilancaron.

A couple of unfamiliar words had me scurrying to the dictionary, e.g. PSITTACOSIS and I’m still not sure about a wordplay or two. Par for the course. Updated based on comments.

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Independent 6705/Morph

Posted by neildubya on 18th April 2008

neildubya.

Excellent puzzle from Morph with a theme that must be close to the heart of many a crossword solver: 10A. The ones I recognised were 4a,9a,27a,3d,4d,6d and 17d. I think I noticed what was going on around halfway through but it didn’t really help with the rest of the puzzle. The top-left hand corner in particular was proving very stubborn until I got 1a.

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Inquisitor 67 – Dissent by Hypnos

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 18th April 2008

petebiddlecombe.

Solving time: ages!

This was a classic example of the kind of themed puzzle for which solver A can spot the theme instantly and have the whole thing done in an hour or two, and solver B can grind away for hours before the penny drops. This time, I was definitely solver B! I should have read the title and preamble carefully, and then considered anniversaries. This might have helped me to remember that the first CND march to Aldermaston took place in 1958 (which I knew within a year or two). I would then have seen that Aldermaston was a destination with the right number of letters.

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Guardian 24365/Audreus – new setter to me

Posted by neildubya on 17th April 2008

neildubya.

This is a new setter to me, and I enjoyed the puzzle on the whole. It didn’t take long to do, and, if the week’s puzzles are to get harder as the week goes on, I would have this as a Tuesday rather than a Thursday.

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Independent 6709 by Nimrod

Posted by nmsindy on 17th April 2008

nmsindy.

I’ll have to admit defeat on this one. The two main features were a line of an Elton John song covering 5 clues and many clues linked to one word from it. When I finally tracked down the word “FUNNY” I Googled for the lyrics and found it. After an hour in all, with about six answers to go and, very pressed for time, went to ‘reveal’ for the others.

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Situation Vacant

Posted by neildubya on 17th April 2008

neildubya.

I’m looking for someone to join the Independent bloggers team. If you’re interested, please email me at [email protected].

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Independent on Sunday 948 by Quixote (13 Apr 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on 17th April 2008

nmsindy.

I found this harder than usual – solving time 39 minutes.

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Financial Times 12,734 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 17th April 2008

Pete Maclean.

You know what it’s like when your mind wants an answer to be a particular word and won’t let go in the face of ridiculous amounts of evidence? Well, my mind so thought that 18D had to be PRIMATES. But that permitted no circus performer (25A) that I could think of — never mind that it did not fit the word play. Argh!

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FT 12,743/ Satori

Posted by smiffy on 16th April 2008

smiffy.

Greetings earthlings! I’ve managed to resurface after something of a blogging exile – it turned out that the rehab clinic wouldn’t allow me wi-fi access during my (longer than anticipated) stay. 
Good to see several new FT bloggers/solvers on-board the site these days, however.   Anyhoo, this is meant to be all about Satori, not me….

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Independent 6708/Dac

Posted by neildubya on 16th April 2008

neildubya.

Dac was described last week as a “class act” by a fellow blogger – I couldn’t agree more. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24,364 – Paul

Posted by manehi on 16th April 2008

manehi.

A bit of an American theme, and quite a few container type clues from Paul this week. Not as tricky as Paul can be, but a couple of clues held me up for a while and I’m still unsure about one. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6707/Virgilius – Placeholder

Posted by tilsit on 15th April 2008

tilsit.

Full blog to appear soon…

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Guardian 24363/Brummie

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 15th April 2008

Colin Blackburn.

Several very easy hidden clues mingled in with some more difficult clues. One word I had to cheat on and look up, another I just couldn’t get despite it being easy, with hindsight! In addition there were a two themes running through the puzzle. The four outer entries all contained colours. The second theme was then based on 1a. However, the answer to this one brings back painful memories of a Listener failure in 2007 that I recently discovered through the annual statistics.

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Financial Times 12742 / by Highlander

Posted by C G Rishikesh on 15th April 2008

C G Rishikesh.
I breezed through this crossword, taking less than 15 minutes. This time around I solved all but a couple of Down clues first before looking at the Across set. When once these were put down, some of the Acrosses were correctly guessed even before reading the clues or before reading them fully.

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