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Archive for September, 2008

Guardian, 24503/Rover

Posted by mhl on 25th September 2008

mhl.

This was quite a fast puzzle to do, despite some of the vocabulary or meanings being unfamiliar to me, particularly in the north-east corner. There are couple of clues I wasn’t wild about, which I’ve learned typically means I’ve missed some subtlety that people will help with in the comments. :)

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FT No.12882, Set by Viking, 25 September, 2008

Posted by Octofem on 25th September 2008

Octofem.

Some interesting clues this morning, and the left bottom corner gave me pause.  27d particularly troublesome.

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Independent on Sunday 971 by Quixote (21 Sep 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on 25th September 2008

nmsindy.

Solving time, 17 mins.

* = anagram < = reversed

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Financial Times 12,872 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 25th September 2008

Pete Maclean.

The Weekend Prize Puzzle from 13 September 2008
It must be obvious that I am fairly good at FT puzzles but I am not a particularly fast solver. It does happen once in a while but it is rare that I sit down and dash one off in 15 or 20 minutes. This puzzle was one of those however. It gives me some good satisfaction when I manage it….but then what do I do for the rest of the weekend??

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Financial Times 12,873 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 25th September 2008

Uncle Yap.

From Monday Prize Puzzle on 15 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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Independent 6846 by Dac

Posted by nmsindy on 24th September 2008

nmsindy.

The usual excellent puzzle by Dac – solving time. 16 mins

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FINANCIAL TIMES 12,881 by CINEPHILE

Posted by Gaufrid on 24th September 2008

Gaufrid.

A themed offering from Cinephile today with the instruction that ‘the parts share the stage’. This meant that having determined the first character (in my case Marcellus) the rest were relatively easy to uncover. All the characters are from Hamlet. I was going to add notes as to the role of each one but why repeat information readily available elsewhere. For anyone interested, details can be found here:

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Guardian 24502/Orlando

Posted by Eileen on 24th September 2008

Eileen.

I think I’m fortunate to have been allocated a reasonable puzzle for my first blog – straightforward and fair without being too easy to be interesting. A couple of old crossword favourites, 12ac and 24dn, but no words I hadn’t met before. There were some ingenious anagrinds, too.

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Independent 6,845/Virgilius

Posted by Ali on 23rd September 2008

Ali.

A very interesting puzzle indeed. The theme is Ambrose Bierce’s ‘Devil’s Dictionary’, from which 8 clues/answers are word-for-word definitions/entries. It’s perhaps a bit much to expect people to be able to get these without a copy of the dictionary or online help, but many of them are similar to the jokey, cryptic definitions you see in crosswords anyway, so they’re guessable if all checking letters are in place. That said, I was struggling, so I cheated as soon as I worked out the theme and this helped quite a lot with opening up the grid for the the non-thematic answers. Some people might argue that this kind of thing should be restricted to thematic puzzles (or Araucaria!), but I’ve no problem with it whatsoever. I’d never even heard of Ambrose Bierce, so was glad of the education.

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Guardian 24,501 – Gordius

Posted by Uncle Yap on 23rd September 2008

Uncle Yap.

dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

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Financial Times 12880 / Neo

Posted by C G Rishikesh on 23rd September 2008

C G Rishikesh.

An enjoyable crossword with a couple of clues having intricate elements in wordplay. Since I began blogging here, this is the third Neo puzzle that I solved, the other two being 12719 and 12784.

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Independent 6844 by Hypnos

Posted by NealH on 22nd September 2008

NealH.

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

I found this extremely difficult. Hypnos seems to have an ability always to come up with the synonym or phrase that I would never think of and this was no exception. Examples that defeated me here are haze for bully, one for drink and tart for baggage. I was also thrown by the missing apostrophes in Palme D’Or and O’Neill. Read the rest of this entry »

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A to Z of Crosswords

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 22nd September 2008

Colin Blackburn.

Now that many crossword devotees have bought Jonathan Crowther’s book, Collins have decided to remainder it. It is now available for the knock-down price of £5.99 from the online, high quality, remainder bookshop Postscript. I’d recommend this book for anyone with a serious interest in tougher cryptic crosswords, especially the thematic puzzles. The book contains biographies of many prominent setters, some puzzles, from those setters, and an introduction by the author where he spells out his ideas on fairness in cryptic clues.

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Guardian 24,500/Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 22nd September 2008

Andrew.

I found this harder than the average Rufus, with the SE corner (especially the 24s) causing some delays.

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Azed 1894 – all mixed up

Posted by bridgesong on 21st September 2008

bridgesong.

I must confess that my heart sank when I saw the special instructions for this puzzle, but in the end it turned out to be only a little more difficult than usual. For those that didn’t see it, the difference was that in the across clues the definition led to the answer to be entered in the grid, and the cryptic part led to an anagram or reversal of the answer. The down clues were the other way round. This obviously made the puzzle more difficult. However, one obvious defect of this format of puzzle is that it doesn’t matter whether in fact you correctly obtain the anagrams of the answers, although I have shown them in the blog (in brackets) for completeness’s sake. In the circumstances, I haven’t said much about the wordplay in the across clues, where it leads only to an anagram of the answer.

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