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Archive for July, 2008

Guardian 24,455/Araucaria – Toil and Trouble

Posted by manehi on 31st July 2008

manehi.

Raced through a few easier clues, and then struggled a bit with this. Eventually got the four longer references to 22 (RHYME) around the edges of the grid, which helped a little. Had to check a few things after – 1, 24 and 26 ac and 7dn were all new words to me. Didn’t get 12ac. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6799/Mordred

Posted by neildubya on 31st July 2008

neildubya.

An impressive puzzle where every clue has a sporty feel to it (although 2 and 3 seem to be stretching things a bit). Some very clever stuff here and more than one excellent surface reading. Two clues that I can’t work out though – 1 and 14. Read the rest of this entry »

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FINANCIAL TIMES, no.12834 set by SATORI, July 31 2008

Posted by Octofem on 31st July 2008

Octofem.

A WEEDY PADDOCK

This one gave me a few headaches, particularly the word play of 30a, and SATORI led me cleverly astray in a few clues.

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Independent on Sunday 963 by Quixote (27 Jul 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on 31st July 2008

nmsindy.

Solving time, just under 20 mins.

* = anagram  < = reversed

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FINANCIAL TIMES 12,824 by Mudd (19 July)

Posted by Gaufrid on 31st July 2008

Gaufrid.

Perhaps slightly harder to get into than some FT crosswords but once started there were no major difficulties, apart from 26a which took me a while to see the wordplay even though the answer was obvious. In fact initially I thought there might be a typo in the clue and that ‘miles’ should have been ‘males’. This would have been quite plausible as a clue but would have been somewhat male chauvinistic, particularly given the presence of the question-mark.  

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Financial Times 12,825 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 31st July 2008

Uncle Yap.

From FT Monday Prize Crossword 21st July 2008
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

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Independent 6798/Dac

Posted by John on 30th July 2008

John.

One or two I’m not quite sure about but a typically high-class thing from Dac. Read the rest of this entry »

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FINANCIAL TIMES 12,833 by IO

Posted by Gaufrid on 30th July 2008

Gaufrid.

The on-line image was smaller than usual today and I couldn’t read some of the clues either on-screen or when printed out (normal size or enlarged) so I had to actually buy a copy of the paper!

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Guardian 24,454 – Pasquale

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 30th July 2008

Ciaran McNulty.

* = anagram
() = removed
[] = charade
“” = homophone
cd = cryptic definition
dd = double definition

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Independent 6,797/Virgilius

Posted by Ali on 29th July 2008

Ali.

I found this pretty tough going, not least because I completely failed to see what was going on until very late on. The theme is the Old Testamant (6D), books of which can be found scattered around the grid. I counted 7 after a quick Wiki (Job, Genesis, Kings, Ruth, Numbers, Samuel and Judges). I guess that 3D is also related. Not sure if John, Peter and Agnes have any thematic connection, though they all appear elsewhere in The Bible I’m sure. Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 12832 / by Quark

Posted by C G Rishikesh on 29th July 2008

C G Rishikesh.
I solved Ac 7,10,12,15,18,20,24,25,29 when I had to move to the Dn set where I got 6,7,8,15,25,16,19,29 before all the others. The top left corner was the last to be completed.

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Guardian 24,453/Paul – pride of place

Posted by Andrew on 29th July 2008

Andrew.

Paul’s name always tells us that the puzzle will be tough but fun, and so it was with this one. It looked particularly daunting at first with some long answers and lots of cross-references, but (as is often the case) it was fairly easy to spot the phrases once a few crossing letters were filled in, after which the rest yielded without too much trouble.

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Guardian 24,452 – Arachne

Posted by Uncle Yap on 28th July 2008

Uncle Yap.

dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

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Independent 6796 by Merlin

Posted by NealH on 28th July 2008

NealH.

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

An anagram-heavy puzzle from Merlin with some good long anagrams and a couple of excellent &literals. There were a couple (17 across and 19 down) I didn’t completely follow. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 1886

Posted by bridgesong on 27th July 2008

bridgesong.

Solving time : about a day (but it was my birthday, so I was distracted).  Loads of unfamiliar words this week, and some excellent surface readings (e.g. 19 across).  I found the south-west corner particularly difficult, with doubts over 30 and 34 across.  Apologies for any formatting oddities: I composed the blog on one computer and then emailed it (in two sections) to my home computer, and something odd appears to have happened en route.  I’ll be away and without access to the net when this blog appears, so won’t be able to respond to any comments for a few days but please don’t hesitate to write in with any comments. Read the rest of this entry »

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