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Archive for August, 2008

Independent 6822/Dac

Posted by John on 27th August 2008

John.

The usual excellent crossword from Dac, hard enough (it took a while to get started), but not too hard. Everything, apart from one answer, went in slowly but regularly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6,821/Virgilius – Numbers game

Posted by Ali on 26th August 2008

Ali.

This was a belter of a puzzle, with every clue containing the word ‘number’. The fact that this word can be interepreted in, ahem, a number of different ways (quantity, music, anaesthetic, etc.), coupled with the fact that this is the first day after a long weekend (drinking, lack of sleep, etc.), made for a pretty tough solve for me. Some grey areas along the way, but very entertaining, very clever stuff from Virgilius. 23D is as good a clue as you’ll see anywhere. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24,477 – Araucaria

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 26th August 2008

Ciaran McNulty.

A bit later than normal today sorry, I had noticed I was meant to be solving on Tuesday but had internalised this as ‘the second day of the week’, which the Bank Holiday managed to throw into disarray.

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Financial Times 12856 / Quark

Posted by C G Rishikesh on 26th August 2008

C G Rishikesh.

I completed left top corner first and then the right top. At the end of the allotted time, some gaps existed in the left bottom corner (22a, 29a, 18d). 26d was also yet to yield itself. I minimised the crossword grid on my machine and started writing the first segment of my blog. When I returned to the grid, three more fell one after the other. 

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Guardian 24,469 (Sat 16 Aug)/Taupi – Leave of absence

Posted by rightback on 25th August 2008

rightback.

Solving time: Forgot to write down, but about 8 minutes I think

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Independent 6820 by Hypnos

Posted by NealH on 25th August 2008

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed

I found this very difficult, particularly the bottom right hand corner. There were two or three I didn’t understand and a few obscure words (tosh, lig) that I hadn’t come across before. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24,476/Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 25th August 2008

Andrew.

A straightforward Rufus for Bank Holiday Monday. A couple of nice cryptic definitions, and a couple more I’m not so keen on.

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Azed 1890 – Placeholder

Posted by tilsit on 25th August 2008

tilsit.

I’ll be back a bit later today with the blog on this puzzle.

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FINANCIAL TIMES 12,853 by VIKING

Posted by Gaufrid on 22nd August 2008

Gaufrid.

It’s now well past 7pm and the scheduled blogger hasn’t put in an appearance so here is a substitute. As this has been prepared in some haste there are not many comments.
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Independent 6,818/Phi

Posted by Ali on 22nd August 2008

Ali.

A mercifully gentle end to a tough week. There were one or two answers I wasn’t immediately sure about, but solid clueing as always from Phi. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6813/Nimrod

Posted by neildubya on 22nd August 2008

neildubya.

I somehow managed to finish this, despite the half dozen or so clues that I filled in without really knowing why. Offers of enlightenment gratefully received. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24,474/Gordius

Posted by Andrew on 22nd August 2008

Andrew.

I don’t much like this grid, with its four almost-isolated corners. Luckily there were enough easyish clues in each corner to get me going, though the SE corner held me up for a while. Some niggles on a couple of clues, but quite fun overall, with some amusing surface readings.

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Inquisitor 85 LOTTERY by Schadenfreude

Posted by Hihoba on 22nd August 2008

Hihoba.

Good stuff from Schadenfreude. Educational too! I spotted BARTHOLOMEW and hence the theme for the “complete set” early which made it fairly simple to fill in the most of the lights. The exception was 19D which I didn’t solve until I found out who the “loser” was. The rest of the puzzle was pretty tricky. It made me read the Bible carefully, and not many things cause that nowadays!

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Independent 6817 by Tees

Posted by nmsindy on 21st August 2008

nmsindy.

This was very tough indeed.   I found the NW quadrant absolutely fiendish, but got there in the end.   Solving time, 67 minutes.    As in previous puzzles by Tees, this draws on very wide and sometimes unusual cultural references.

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Financial Times No. 12,852 Set by FLIMSY, August 21, 2008

Posted by Octofem on 21st August 2008

Octofem.

I have to say I found this a boring puzzle with some clues so obvious that I yawned.  6d made me think for
a while, and 13a held me up until I remembered that setters do love cricket!
ACROSS

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