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Guardian 24,397/Shed (Sat 24 May) – In the pink

Posted by rightback on 31st May 2008

rightback.

Solving time: 28:00, over half of which on 1dn, 10ac and 15ac.

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Independent 6741/Nimrod

Posted by neildubya on 30th May 2008

neildubya.

 Ran into a brick wall about halfway through this one and then spotted the Nina (referenced in 9), which got things moving again. Still don’t understand a few things here and there though. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6,746/Phi

Posted by Ali on 30th May 2008

Ali.

I struggled to get going with this, only solving one of the Across clues on my first pass. A few nice, long cryptic definitions eventually got the ball rolling and everything else then fell into place. Good stuff as usual, though the wordplay in one clue (22A) has me stumped, which is a rarity for Phi I must say!

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Financial Times no. 12,781 set by SATORI

Posted by Octofem on 30th May 2008

Octofem.

Not too troublesome today – one or two pleasing clues with a few rather obvious ones.

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Guardian 24,402 (Gordius)

Posted by diagacht on 30th May 2008

diagacht.
Across
1 DECIDED: CID in DEED
5 DELIBES: DLIBErateS without rate. Refers to Leo Delibes the French romantic composer
10 NEWCASTLE: anagram of LEWES CANT
11 OFF WITH HIS HEAD: from Lewis Carroll’s Queen in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Also much used by Shakespeare!
13 OARE: OAR + E
14 ALTARNUN: sounds like ‘alter none’
17 EYESIGHT: YES in EIGHT
18 RHEA: oveRHEAd without an anagram of ‘dove’
21 PERFECT EXAMPLE: PERFECT (grammatical tense) + EX + AMPLE (adequate)
23 TIGERWOOD: a kind of wood and the singular writing of the great golfer Tiger Woods
24 TENSE: anagram of SENT + E
25 YPSILON: I SPY (reversed) + half LONdon
26 SYCOSIS: sounds like psychosis
Down
1 DUDS: double definition
2 CASH FOR PEERAGES: CASH FOR PEE (toilet charge) + RAGES
3 DISOWN: IS (one’s) in DOWN
6 LOADSTAR: anagram of LAST ROAD
7 BETWEEN THE LINES: I think this is a double definition.
8 SHELDONIAN: anagram of IS ON HANDEL, for the Oxford theatre
12 HOMEOPATHY: HOME (in) + O (love) + PATH Y (unknown way)
15 DIHEDRAL: anagram of DR HAILED. I have no idea what the aerodynamic feature is. I know the word within the context of mathematics, referring to that bounded by two planes (not aeroplanes!)
16 SHUT DOWN: SH + UT + DOWN
19 EXODUS: Not confident of this one. EX (once) OD (in the red, as in overdrawn) + US (those on the Guardian team?)
20 EMETIC: reverse CITE ME (as in the setter)
22 TEAS: TEASe without the ‘e’, to chaff

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Inquisitor #73 METAMORPHOSIS by Dysart

Posted by Hihoba on 30th May 2008

Hihoba.

 A nice twist in a crossword with conventional clues (no misprints, extra words etc. to muddy the waters). The puzzle was made more difficult by the fact that I found the clues in the top half easier to solve than those in the bottom half, so the author only appeared late in my labours on the bottom line.

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Guardian 24,401 – Brendan

Posted by manehi on 29th May 2008

manehi.

My chronic lack of geographical knowledge slowed me down quite a bit in this puzzle with lots of varied and often rather clever uses of “capital”, both in definitions and wordplay. On reflection, this probably made me waste more time in those clues where the geographical capital could not possibly have been relevant, eg 4ac. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6745/Scorpion

Posted by neildubya on 29th May 2008

neildubya.

I found this easier than usual for this setter but there are still a few bits and pieces that I don’t understand. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent on Sunday 954 by Quixote (25 May 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on 29th May 2008

nmsindy.

Solving time, 22 mins.

* = anagram < = reversal

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Financial Times 12,780 – Flimsy

Posted by Uncle Yap on 29th May 2008

Uncle Yap.

Just a reminder about the common abbreviations that I use
*() = anagram (fodder)
cd = cryptic definition
dd = double definition
ha = hidden answer
ins = insertion
cha = charade

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Financial Times 12,771 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 29th May 2008

Uncle Yap.

This is another easily solved prize puzzle (from Monday 19 May 2008) with many anagram clues and cryptic definitions ala Dante. I suppose it is a less stressful way to begin a week and should encourage a large entry. By the way, I never time myself for any puzzle as I approach it primarily for its entertainment value. When I solve, say a clever cryptic definition clue, I savour the aha effect. I also try and rationalise the whole clue to unravel the word-play so craftily devised by the compiler….just like I would slowly enjoy a well-cooked meal prepared so painstakingly by a master chef .

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Financial Times 12,770 by Falcon (As Easy As Pi?)

Posted by Pete Maclean on 29th May 2008

Pete Maclean.

A mostly easy but excellent puzzle from Falcon with one clue (3D), the wordplay of which I failed to fully fathom. 21A was tricky because while I am familiar with expressions “as easy as pie” and “as sweet as pie”, I do not recall ever hearing “as nice as pie”.

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FT 12.779/ Cinephile

Posted by smiffy on 28th May 2008

smiffy.

I didn’t detect any over-arching theme in this puzzle, although the appearance of the word NINA in the sixth column could well mean that I’m missing something.

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Independent 6744 by Radian

Posted by nmsindy on 28th May 2008

nmsindy.

An excellent themed puzzle by Radian, timed, I expect, to coincide with Sebastian Faulks’ new James Bond book on the centenary of Ian Fleming’s birth, I think.    I got the theme almost instantly with the Czech town, BRNO, 24 across, making me look at 19 down and seeing DR NO.     Solving time, 21 mins, most completed in about 11 mins, with the last three or four taking a while to track down.

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Guardian 24,400 – Pasquale

Posted by Uncle Yap on 28th May 2008

Uncle Yap.

Common abbreviations used
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
ha = hidden answer
rev = reversed or reversal
cha = charade
ins = insertion

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