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Financial Times 12,722 / by Quark

Posted by C G Rishikesh on 20th May 2008

C G Rishikesh.

I am rather late today as the real world caught up with me this morning. I could not give undivided attention to this crossword. I must admit that I had a slow start but clues fell one by one gradually. At the time of writing this blog, I had three to go but I am afraid the distractions won’t allow me to persist and ponder.

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Independent 6737/Monk

Posted by neildubya on 20th May 2008

neildubya.
Across
1 PAL,(NIMROD)*,E – “sees” is an example of a PALINDROME.
9 ANT,AR(C)TIC,A – “artic” is short for articulated lorry.
12 CONSTITUTION – I know this is right because I checked it using Reveal but I don’t understand the reference to “Old Ironsides”.
15 THE MET,UNE
18 CIVIC – I think “old cardinals” must a reference to the fact that C,I and V are all Roman numerals.
20 STEEP,(CHELSEA)* – STEEPLECHASE. As for the surface reading of the clue, we’ll see if that’s true tomorrow night.
24 IOTA – the ninth letter of the Greek alphabet.
26 [-f]LUSH
 
Down
2 [-k]LUTZ – couldn’t get axel or salchow out of my head but eventually remembered the LUTZ.
3 NARROW ESCAPE – you’ll find the ESCAPE key on the top-left hand corner of your keyboard.
4 initial letters of “Reserves Are Telling England Stars”
5 (MINE SUCKS)* – MUCKINESS.
7 VE[-t] in (TERRIERS)* – RETRIEVERS.
8 FLAN,NELL,ED
14 (REVISE)*,(TEST)* – SERVIETTES. Excellent clue with a misleading surface and well-hidden definition.
16 (PUT)*,HE,ANTE
23 E, last letters of “laY tO resT”

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Guardian 24393/Paul

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 20th May 2008

Colin Blackburn.

This is my last regular blog of daily puzzle here at Fifteensquared. I have enjoyed the last 18 months very much and it was great to be in on things at the beginning and to see the blog blossom into the success it now is. Despite feeling that I spent most of my time railing against poor and excessive cryptic definitions I have enjoyed solving almost all of almost every puzzle! The blog gave me reason to sample puzzles from every setter in both the Guardian and Independent stables where in the past I might have set the paper aside for some setters. I will continue to read and comment on the blog avidly, contribute the occasional blog from the subs bench if the occasion arises and to post occasional blogs for Azed and Inquisitor puzzles.

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