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Archive for July 31st, 2008

Guardian 24,455/Araucaria – Toil and Trouble

Posted by manehi on 31st July 2008


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


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



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


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


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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