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Archive for August 14th, 2008

Independent 6,811/Scorpion

Posted by Ali on 14th August 2008


This was a stiff challenge for a weekday I thought, particularly the right-hand side of the grid which was all but empty after my first attempt. Managed to chip away at it eventually, but admittedly needed to check one or two answers along the way. A pat on the back for the setter though, there are some very neat clues here with some excellent surface readings. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent on Sunday 965 by Quixote (10 Aug 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on 14th August 2008


Solving time, 18 mins

* = anagram


1 Actor Kevin SPACEY – in a dreamy state (adj) – N American usage

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Guardian 244,67/Araucaria

Posted by Andrew on 14th August 2008


Yet another very enjoyable offering from Araucaria. I got 25/26ac immediately and the various types of pear followed quickly. Several clues involved bits of what is perhaps slightly obscure general knowledge (e.g. 18ac, 5d), but luckily for me they largely happened to overlap well with my own random store of facts. I can’t explain 23dn – any suggestions?

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FT 12,846/Bradman

Posted by smiffy on 14th August 2008


I found this less challenging than usual for Bradman. Nothing fundamentally wrong with that; the clueing is as watertight and scrupulously fair as ever. And the fact that I’m uncertain whether I have 8D correct must mean there is still more than enough je ne sais quoi floating around in here!

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Financial Times 12,836 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 14th August 2008

Pete Maclean.

I purchased my copy of the FT containing this puzzle at the railway station in Wörgl, Austria, a place I had never heard of until I found myself changing trains there while heading to Munich from my vacation spot in the Tyrol. How splendid, thought I, that I can buy my favourite weekend paper in such a place and enjoy starting the puzzle as I sped through the Bavarian countryside. And enjoy it I certainly did — I think this puzzle shows Cincinnus at his finest with a couple of very juicy cryptic definitions.

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Financial Times 12,837 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 14th August 2008

Uncle Yap.

From FT Monday Prize Crossword 12,837 – 4th 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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