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Archive for May 29th, 2008

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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