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Azed 1891 – Plain

Posted by John on 30th August 2008

John.

In Azed’s crosswords there is always an enormous amount of Chambers-checking meanings of words. If this blog were to contain all the unusual definitions it would be three times as long. I’ll assume that if you’re bothered enough to do the crossword and read this blog, then you’ll have Chambers to hand, so will confine myself to Azed’s wordplay. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24,475 (Bank Holiday special, Sat 23 Aug)/Araucaria – Bird’s Nest

Posted by rightback on 30th August 2008

rightback.

Solving time: 75 mins, four wrong before using a dictionary (43ac, Q, X and Y).

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Independent 6824 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on 29th August 2008

nmsindy.

Typical Phi crossword in which everything stacks up.   Solving time, 16 mins.

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Guardian 24,480 – Rover

Posted by Uncle Yap on 29th August 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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Financial Times, 12,859 Set by Falcon. August 29,2008

Posted by Octofem on 29th August 2008

Octofem.

At first glance rather daunting with so many literary allusions.  However, the word play was very simple in most cases, and kind Google came to my aid with details.  Alan seemed to be a favourite name!

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Independent 6819/Bannsider (23-08-08)

Posted by neildubya on 29th August 2008

neildubya.

Another superb puzzle from Bannsider with some very original and rigourous clueing. Very tough too, but always a pleasure to solve. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 86 – Unfinished Business by Loda

Posted by duncanshiell on 29th August 2008

duncanshiell.

I am not at all sure that I have got this puzzle right, as my solution to the final step does not seem to meet all the criteria that I would expect it to meet. However, I can’t find an viable alternative, so I have submitted this answer.

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FINANCIAL TIMES 12,858 by MONK

Posted by Gaufrid on 28th August 2008

Gaufrid.

A crossword from Monk is always a challenge and this was no exception. One or two clues did appear to be recycled, however this was offset by some fine, and sometimes misleading, cluing elsewhere. It took me a little while to determine the wordplay in places (25a and 20d in particular) but I like to be stretched and Monk invariably provides this mental stimulation.

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Independent 6823/Nimrod

Posted by neildubya on 28th August 2008

neildubya.

Something of a rarity for me: a Nimrod puzzle where I understand every clue! Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24,479/Pasquale

Posted by golgonooza on 28th August 2008

golgonooza.

Another great crossword from The Don. I find he pitches them just right for daily cryptics – this wasn’t really tough but did require switching on the rusty old brain cells for some very elegant clueing.

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Independent on Sunday 967 by Quixote (24 Aug 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on 28th August 2008

nmsindy.

Solving time, 16 mins

* = anagram  < = reversed

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Financial Times 12,848 – Cincinnus

Posted by Uncle Yap on 28th August 2008

Uncle Yap.

From FT Saturday Prize Puzzle on 16 August 2008
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

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Financial Times 12,849 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 28th August 2008

Uncle Yap.

From Monday Prize Crossword 18 August 2008

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

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FT 12,857/Dogberry

Posted by smiffy on 27th August 2008

smiffy.

A liberal smattering of general knowledge items (operas, chess players, Roman poets), of the type that one is either likely to know readily or have never heard of. I started off at a fair clip , but progress slowed to a crawl on the last two or three clues (particularly 17D).
PS: Belated apologies for absence from blogging last Friday. I carelessly forgot to remove myself from the roster before heading off on holiday.

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Guardian 24,478 (Quantum)

Posted by diagacht on 27th August 2008

diagacht.
Across
1 IGNITION KEY: & Lit
9 OCTOBER: O + (TO BE in CR)
10 ERASURE: ERA + anagram of USER
11 WHIRLWIND: HIRL (sounds like ‘hurl’) in W-WIND
12 SISAL: anagram of SAILS
13 BEDS: double definition
14 WHEEL CLAMP: anagram of CALM HELP WE
16 DAY TRIPPER: (T in AYR) in DIPPER
21 PANIC: a double definition of sorts
22 UNHELPFUL: UN + HELP + anagram of FLU
24 CLASSIC: CLASS +IC(e)
26 EXPEDIENTLY: anagram of EXTEND I YELP
Down
1 IN THIS DAY AND AGE: & Lit
2 NOBEL: N + O + BE + L
3 TURKISH: double definition
4 OVERDUE: OVER + DUE
5 KNAPSACK: KNAP (sounds like ‘nap’) + FIRE (sack)
6 YOURS FAITHFULLY: & Lit
7 COBWEB: double definition (see A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
8 DEWLAP: another double defintion: a fold of skin and a means of marking cattle
15 CRACKS UP: C + RACKS UP
16 DEPICT: anagram of PC TIDE
17 POUNCED: OUNCE in P (quiet) D (end of wooD)
18 ENHANCE: EN (two points) + (c)HANCE (not 100)
20 BALLAD: ALL in BAD

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