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Archive for June 27th, 2008

Independent 6770 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on 27th June 2008

nmsindy.

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

ilancaron.

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

Hihoba.

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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