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Guardian 24,491 – Auster

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 11th September 2008

Ciaran McNulty.

The setter’s name doesn’t ring a bell, but I enjoyed the style.

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Independent 6835/Scorpion

Posted by neildubya on 11th September 2008

1 ASS,ASS,IN – I liked “rears” to indicate the two ASSes.
9 B(I,OP)IC – writers aren’t always people.
10 BAN< in WANE – I’m pretty sure I haven’t come across WANNABE in a puzzle before and I thought it was nicely handled in this clue.
12 KIN in GUN< – NUKING is a bit of informal slang that’s made its way into the dictionary.
13 YELLOW JERSEY – which is what the leader of the Tour de France and other multi-day cycling Tours wears. I guess this is a reasonably well-known phrase so you shouldn’t need to be a cycling fan to have heard of it.
16 NORMAN WISDOM – very strange clue, consisting of two sentences that don’t really seem to have much to do with each other: “William’s prudence lofting arrows in battle? His quick-fire delivery had us doubled-up”. The second sentence immediately suggested a comedian to me but I didn’t understand what the first part of the clue was on about at all. Once I had a few letters in the answer suggested itself and it became clear that “William” must be a reference to William the Conqueror, who led the Normans, although I still don’t know what “lofting arrows in battle” is supposed to be about: was that a sign of this particular Norman’s wisdom?
19 S,EC,ON,D – “old money” is S for shilling and D for sixpence and EC is the postcode for much of the Square Mile in the City of London.
23 RESIST – “resits” with the T moving forward.
24 hidden in “tO WEDding”- very cleverly done. “Due” is easy to overlook as the definition and “some get carried away” is a great way of suggesting a hidden answer.
25 D,MANY LSE< – DES LYNAM. I really liked this one too, especially “numerous economists” for MANY LSE (LSE is the London School of Economics).
4 SECOND,WOR(L)D,WAR – “Nineteen” is a reference to the answer at 19a.
6 LACKEY in SEB (going up) – BLACK EYES.
7 SI,EN,NA – not really sure how “couples placed constantly” indicates the middle pair of letters in “casino, frenzy, Monaco”.
8 ONO,(RENTS WOMENS)* – ON ONE’S OWN TERMS. I did briefly wonder whether YOKO might have been part of the anagram fodder.
14 LAND OF NOD – why “where crawling creatures live”?
15 CORAL SEA – don’t understand this one: “Exam once left space for another answer – ‘part of Pacific ocean'”. “Exam” looks like it could be ORAL but that’s all I can work out.
17 [-t]ANNOYED
18 (WHEN PE[-t])* – NEPHEW.
21 PUSSY – or pus-sy.

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Financial Times 12,870 set by Falcon, Sep 11th 2008

Posted by Octofem on 11th September 2008



A rather dull and obvious puzzle I am afraid – the sort where you see the answers as the sheet is coming off the printer.  I have struggled to make anything interesting out of the blog.

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Independent on Sunday 969 by Quixote (7 Sep 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on 11th September 2008


Solving time, 12 mins.

* = anagram < = reversed

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Financial Times 12,860 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 11th September 2008

Pete Maclean.

I found this more challenging than the typical Cincinnus puzzle but just as enjoyable and satisfying. I failed to fathom the wordplay in one clue, 16A. I especially liked 9A, 10A, 2D and 23D.

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Financial Times 12,861 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 11th September 2008

Uncle Yap.

From Monday Prize Puzzle on 1 September 2008
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

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