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Archive for June, 2008

Independent 6772 by Eimi

Posted by NealH on 30th June 2008


*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed

Eimi crosswords tend to send me scurrying for the reference books and there were quite a few words in this that were new to me (13 across being particularly obscure, I thought). Overall though, it was an enjoyable puzzle with some good surface meanings (21 across, 4 and 5 being excellent). Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6765/Tees (21-06-08)

Posted by neildubya on 30th June 2008


Apologies – I wrote this up last week and then forgot to publish it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24428/Rufus

Posted by ilancaron on 30th June 2008


Pretty good offering from Rufus: quite a few clues with a surprising twist in the surface. And not a cryptic definition in sight (OK, not many).

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Azed 1,882 “Cherchez la Femme” – Tough search

Posted by tilsit on 29th June 2008


This was probably Azed at his toughest and I am grateful to Peter B and the Cryptonuts for helping fill-in my gaps.

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FT No.12,805 Set by VIKING, June 27 2008

Posted by Octofem on 28th June 2008


Sorry for the delay – the crossword was only accessible to me this morning.
Rather a lot of anagrams, I thought.

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Guardian 24,421 (Sat 21 Jun)/Paul – Knap hand

Posted by rightback on 28th June 2008


Solving time: 15:55

Don’t take too much notice of my time – I was at least three-quarters asleep when solving this. Reasonably straightforward for Paul, I think.

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Independent 6770 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on 27th June 2008


Each of the Indy setters has their own distinctive talent – with Phi it’s immaculately constructed clues that I always find I can understand. This was a typical example, where I was able to work out from the wordplay two words that were completely new to me, verifying them after. These were both in the lower half of the grid which I found much trickier than the top half. Solving time, 19 mins.

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Guardian 24426/Arachne – TGIF

Posted by ilancaron on 27th June 2008


Some tough stuff here that had me using Chambers (not something I like to do on a Friday morning getting ready for work but I tend to have a bit more time). Bit of a disheartening experience discovering I didn’t know what SPINNERET (Arachne spinning her web?), BREADHEADS and CAVATINA meant — nor a couple of unusual meanings for ALSO and GRAM. Good clues though with surfaces that held together nicely. And I feel a barrage of explanations about to descend for all the things I didn’t understand.

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Inquisitor 77 ONE TOO MANY by Raich

Posted by Hihoba on 27th June 2008


Easy to solve the grid (with some rather underwhelming clues), much harder to find the phrase made up of the extra letters.

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FT 12,804/Orense – Twin Shocks

Posted by smiffy on 26th June 2008


In the interests of timely publication, I’ve kept annotations to a minimum today.  Nothing too untoward here, although the repeated use of “shock”=hair seems a touch gratuitous, and a couple of the single letter/abbreviation indicators are in questionable territory.

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Independent 6769/Nimrod

Posted by John on 26th June 2008


My goodness me. What a mountain to climb. Well, at least I’ve filled everything in, but one or two I don’t quite understand; when they are explained no doubt I’ll be full of admiration, but in some cases I think I do understand and am a bit sceptical. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent on Sunday 958 by Quixote (22 June 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on 26th June 2008


Fairly straightforward puzzle, I thought – solving time, 16 mins

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Guardian 24,425 (Shed)

Posted by diagacht on 26th June 2008


Apologies for a rather brief blog today.

1 DEVILS ADVOCATE: DEVIATE around anagram of CALVADOS (without an ‘A’)
13 DIASTOLE: AID (reversed) + STOLE (liturgical garment)
19,12 CABERNET SAUVIGNON: anagram of SOT CRAVING BEAUNE + N (drop of Niersteiner)
22 UPPERMOST: PERM in anagram of POUTS
26 BASTINADO: T (turnip top) in BASIN + ADO
27 O TEMPORA O MORES: anagram of ROOM ROOM (double room) A STEEP. A quotation from Cicero’s First Speech against Catiline. It means ‘Oh what a time! Oh what customs!’
1 DOUBLE DECLUTCH: DOUBLE DUTCH around CE (backwards) + L
4 ACID SALT: anagram of CAST LAID
6 CAPRI: half CAPRIcious
15 AVERROISM: AVER + IS in ROM. Reference is to the 12C philosopher Ibn Rushd
16 FANTASIA: U in CAPLET. Reference to Romeo and Juliet
18 CAPULET: A DIG in PARM(a) (Italian city lacking a)
20 NOT FAIR: IR (one river) + AFTON (Scottish river) all reversed
21 BOOBOO: BOO BOO (repeatedly voice disapproval)
24 RHEUM: HE (explosives) in RUM

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Financial Times 12,794 by Falcon

Posted by Pete Maclean on 26th June 2008

Pete Maclean.

So, I am getting to know Falcon now. This was a little more difficult than the few of his I have done before. Clue 5A in particular took me a while.

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Azed 1881

Posted by bridgesong on 25th June 2008


I offered to do this blog, then discovered that I had thrown out my copy of the solution, which doesn’t yet appear to be available on the Guardian/Observer website, so I had to solve it for a second time, but without an up to date Chambers. This time it took about half an hour, but it was much longer the first time. Quite a lot of unfamiliar words this week.

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