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FT 12,804/Orense – Twin Shocks

Posted by smiffy on 26th June 2008

smiffy.

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

John.

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

nmsindy.

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

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Guardian 24,425 (Shed)

Posted by diagacht on 26th June 2008

diagacht.

Apologies for a rather brief blog today.

Across
1 DEVILS ADVOCATE: DEVIATE around anagram of CALVADOS (without an ‘A’)
9 UKRAINIAN: UK RAIN + IAN
10 PROMO: PRO + MO
13 DIASTOLE: AID (reversed) + STOLE (liturgical garment)
14 CAVEAT: AVE in CAT
19,12 CABERNET SAUVIGNON: anagram of SOT CRAVING BEAUNE + N (drop of Niersteiner)
22 UPPERMOST: PERM in anagram of POUTS
25 CALVE: L in CAVE
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!’
Down
1 DOUBLE DECLUTCH: DOUBLE DUTCH around CE (backwards) + L
2 VERBENA: VERA around BEN
3 LEICESTER: ICE in LESTER
4 ACID SALT: anagram of CAST LAID
6 CAPRI: half CAPRIcious
8 GOING TO THE DOGS: &Lit
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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