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FINANCIAL TIMES No.12,841, set by SLEUTH

Posted by Octofem on 8th August 2008

Octofem.

Rather a rush today with mouths to feed etc., and I made things difficult for myself
 by expecting clues to be more complicated than they were! 

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Independent 6801/Nestor

Posted by neildubya on 8th August 2008

neildubya.

I found this mostly quite easy but the bottom left-hand corner gave me no end of difficulties. Eventually I filled in 20, 15 and 16 without really knowing why, along with 21. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian, 24462/Paul

Posted by mhl on 8th August 2008

mhl.

A fun golf-themed crossword from Paul (one of my favourite Guardian setters) with a few of his rather suggestive clues as usual. :) There’s lots to enjoy in this puzzle, but I particularly liked 18a, 16d and 19d.

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Financial Times crossword August 8

Posted by Octofem on 8th August 2008

Octofem.

Sorry  everybody from Octofem.  My blog will be late today – unexpected visitors!!

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Independent 6806/Radian

Posted by neildubya on 8th August 2008

neildubya.
Across
1 NS in (PETRA)*,T – “Troy” is a reference to the system of weights rather than the city, which is why it can be abbreviated to T.
5 BOATER – sounds like “Botha”.
9 I in (AN ACTOR)* – RAINCOAT.
10 ER in LOTS (all reversed)
13 PODCASTING – I was surprised to find this in the COED; I guess it’s been around longer than I thought.
18 (HAS)*,KO – SHAKO was new to me but easily gettable from the wordplay.
20 H(EIGHT)ENS – I hope I wasn’t the only one wondering how the answer at 8d would be connected to this clue
22 T,R in (AIR FRAME)* – TERRA FIRMA. A well-worked clue I thought.
27 W,EIGHT – a reference to the postcode in that part of London: W8.
28 INCH,A in (TOE)* – INCHOATE. “Part of foot” does a nice job of misleading here, especially as “toe” appears a couple of words on in the clue.
30 VEN(O,MO)US
 
Down
1 (THE LOW HITTER WON)* – THROW IN THE TOWEL. Nice clue, with a boxing-related surface reading and answer.
4 PE(A SOU)P
6 O?T?S – couldn’t get this one: “Popish plotter? Sounds like it”.
7 T(E[R]MIN,ATE)
11 S(CU)T – this was also new to me but, again, easy enough to guess.
16 (VERGING ON)* – GOVERNING.
18 initial letters in “Sex Outlets Have Obscure”
21 MEN in (SEMI)*
26 (SOHO)* – SHOO

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Inquisitor 83 – Rockery by Charybdis

Posted by duncanshiell on 8th August 2008

duncanshiell.

The preamble for this puzzle was fairly short, comprising only two sentences.

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