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Archive for May 30th, 2008

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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