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Archive for September 5th, 2008

Independent 6830 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on 5th September 2008

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An elegant puzzle by Phi – solving time 17 mins.    A theme/Nina to it, which I refer to after the clue explanations.

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Posted in Independent | 2 Comments »

Inquisitor 87 – SQUADS by Hypnos

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 5th September 2008

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Solving time: maybe 10 hours

Many readers of crossword blogs will know by now that I had surgery on a brain tumour near the end of July. After taking a while to rebuild my confidence on blocked puzzles, this was my first serious attempt at a barred-grid thematic since (I found a sub for the one just after I came out of hospital), and it was quite a struggle from about last Friday until everything fell into place late on Wednesday evening.

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FINANCIAL TIMES 12,865 by SLEUTH

Posted by Gaufrid on 5th September 2008

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After yesterday’s slog, a more enjoyable offering from Sleuth for my scheduled blog this week. One or two words or usages I had not come across before (boss, Jewry) but otherwise fairly straightforward.

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Posted in FT | 6 Comments »

Guardian, 24486/Paul

Posted by mhl on 5th September 2008

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As ever, a very enjoyable crossword from Paul, with lots of animals (mostly pigs and cows), a few communists and a couple of computer references.

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Independent 6825/Nestor (Prize Puzzle 30-08-08)

Posted by neildubya on 5th September 2008

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Another very tough but very satisfying Saturday puzzle, this time from Nestor. Lots of great stuff here but I can’t work out the wordplay in 3, 15 and 17. I filled in 11 without really knowing why but finally got it when I sat down to write this; 16 was the last to go in and 24 and 7 gave me problems too. Read the rest of this entry »

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