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Archive for June 3rd, 2008

Independent 6,749 – Punk

Posted by Ali on 3rd June 2008

Ali.

Inventive stuff as per usual from Punk. A nice mix of clues – some easy, some harder, some cheeky and some just downright inspired. I struggled with the NW corner and there are few answers I can’t quite piece together, but a very enjoyable puzzle nonetheless.

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Financial Times 12,777 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 3rd June 2008

Uncle Yap.

From FT Monday 26 May 2008
Common abbreviations used
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
* = anagram

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Financial Times 12784 / Neo

Posted by C G Rishikesh on 3rd June 2008

C G Rishikesh.

Across

9 ISHERWOOD – isher (anag. of ‘hires’) + wood
10 AMONG – hidden in ‘jAM ON, Going’ :: The clue suggests a crush in a pressing crowd
11 RUNAWAY – two def.
12 (Not solved)
14 GREENMANTLE – green, man + tle (anag. of ‘let’) :: Is this anno correct? I read Buchan’s more famous book “The Thirty-Nine Steps” when in school.
17 DOGGO – two def? :: I solved this from the crossings – the first def is ‘quiet and hidden’ (see Chambers.) I am not sure about the rest of the clue.
18 SEE – SE, E (Spanish, from Espanol)
19 ORIEL – two def
21 PLEISTOCENE – anag. of ‘telescope in’ :: geological period
27 SCOURGE – ‘co’ (company, firm) in ‘surge’
28 ATTIC – two def
29 ESPERANTO – anag. of ‘n’ (noun) and ‘operates’ :: Zamenhof devised this international language

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Guardian 24405/Orlando – gobsmacked!

Posted by ilancaron on 3rd June 2008

ilancaron.

I like Orlando’s clean and precise cluing style — in this case, several instances of cheeky definitions probably deserving of a questionable indicator and more than one of working the answer out from the definition while still struggling with the wordplay.

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