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Archive for July, 2008

Guardian 24,445 – Enigmatist

Posted by Uncle Yap on 26th July 2008

Uncle Yap.

From Saturday Prize Crossword 19 July 2008

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Independent 6,794/Math – KAPOW!

Posted by Ali on 25th July 2008

Ali.

So now we know why Phi was ousted from his usual Friday slot. Today sees the release of the much-advertised new Batman movie, The Dark Knight, and the completed grid here has a number of references to title, cast, etc. Lead actors Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger have names which can be nicely dealt with across multiple clues. (Gary) Oldman gets a nod too, but Maggie Gyllenhaal and Aaron Eckhart understandably don’t get a look-in!

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Guardian, 24450/Gordius

Posted by mhl on 25th July 2008

mhl.

I found this a pretty tough puzzle for my first posting here. There were lots of interesting and satisfying clues, though, and several words that were new to me. Read the rest of this entry »

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FINANCIAL TIMES 12,829 by VIKING

Posted by Gaufrid on 25th July 2008

Gaufrid.

Not quite as difficult as Wednesday’s CINEPHILE but some slightly tricky wordplay in places particularly, for me, 16d. However, once I had worked this out I had to smile at its cleverness.

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Independent 6789/Phi (19-07-08)

Posted by neildubya on 25th July 2008

neildubya.

Spot the Nina time: the top and bottom rows of unchecked letters have SHOPPING PRECINCT. Inside the grid, there’s MARKS and SPENCER, along with BOOTS and BORDERS (although I guess one or both of those two could have been happy accidents). Has anyone spotted any more shops?

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Inquisitor 81 – QUESTION AND ANSWER by Quixote

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 24th July 2008

Colin Blackburn.

A fairly light puzzle from Quixote this week, though I don’t mean that in a bad way. I worked through the puzzle very quickly, for me, getting stuck on just one of the cryptic clues. This in turn meant not being able to fully resolve two of the unclued rows.

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Independent 6793 by Morph

Posted by nmsindy on 24th July 2008

nmsindy.

This was a very clever themed puzzle, the theme of which became clear to me only at the very end.   Solving time, 51 mins

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Guardian 24,449, Brendan – A Shaw Thing

Posted by golgonooza on 24th July 2008

golgonooza.

A great themed puzzle from Brendan for my first blog – based around George Bernard Shaw and My Fair Lady. I really enjoyed doing this but had recourse to wikipedia for some of the characters and references, not being a massive fan of the film or Shaw.

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FINANCIAL TIMES No. 12,828, Set by Orense

Posted by Octofem on 24th July 2008

Octofem.

DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY, BABY. 
 
An easier puzzle after Gaufrid’s task yesterday with his Tiffany cats.  Rather a lot of anagrams again, but
 some ingenious ways of signalling them.

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Independent on Sunday 962 by Quixote – 20 Jul 2008

Posted by nmsindy on 24th July 2008

nmsindy.

A good deal harder than usual, I thought – solving time, 32 mins.

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FINANCIAL TIMES 12,818 by Cincinnus (12 July)

Posted by Gaufrid on 24th July 2008

Gaufrid.

Not much to comment about in this one. A couple of relatively obscure words but not too difficult to determine from the wordplay. Some enjoyable clues, I particularly liked 3D.

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Guardian 24,448 (Puck)

Posted by diagacht on 23rd July 2008

diagacht.

Apologies for a very late post!

Across
1 QUOTATION MARKS: QUOTATION (estimate) + K in MARS (next door planet)
11 TOERAGS: TOE (digit) + RAGS (newspapers)
12 TRIPLEX: a kind of double definition
13 ORGAN: OR (men) + NAG (reversed)
15 DECAPODAL: A POD in DECAL (transfer)
17 MAELSTROM: anagram of MORE MALTS
20 RHEUM: first letter of Recurring Hourly Ending Up Monthly
21 RUN-OFFS: HE + A TRASH
23 STEWPOT: STEW (fix) + TOP (reversed)
25 CONCRETE: CON (tory) + CRETE
27 INVERTED COMMAS: anagram of VARIED COMMENTS
Down
1 QUESTION MARK: anagram of MUSKET ON IRAQ
2 OF USE: F in OUSE (river)
3 ALL SAINTS: Cleary a girlie goup but although referring to the gospellers not sure that it could encapsulate ‘all saints’
4 INFUSED: F (sex) in anagram of UNDIES
5 NILOTIC: pertaining to the river Nile. Nil-O + TI (half-time) + C (Charlie)
6 AIOLI: a garlic mayonnaise; every second letter of mAn Is OiL rIg
7 KNOWLEDGE: K + NOW + L + EDGE
10 EXCLAMATIONS: anagram of CAN A MOL(e) EXIST. Moles live underground so delete final ‘e’
14 GREENHORN: GREEN + HORN(y)
16 PARLEYVOO/strong>: anagram of POLO and A VERY
18 RESPECT: PEC in REST
19 MISDEED: anagram of DID SEEM
22 FICHE: hidden in terriFIC HEroism

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Guardian 24,448 – placeholder

Posted by diagacht on 23rd July 2008

diagacht.

(From Neildubya: I’m not sure if today’s blogger is available today so here’s your placeholder for you to start discussing the puzzle. 

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FINANCIAL TIMES 12,827 by CINEPHILE

Posted by Gaufrid on 23rd July 2008

Gaufrid.

After yesterday’s breeze, I found this the hardest FT for many weeks, not helped by the fact that musicals are my least favourite form of entertainment. At least they were all well-known ones. Having said that, it was an enjoyable challenge with some good clues and not an anagram anywhere to be seen!

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Independent 6792/Dac

Posted by neildubya on 23rd July 2008

neildubya.

After the surprise of Phi on a Tuesday, order is restored to crossword universe today. As ever with Dac this was mostly easy, completely fair and a pleasure to solve. I don’t understand the definition at 13 though. Read the rest of this entry »

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