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Independent 6853 by Punk

Posted by nmsindy on 2nd October 2008

nmsindy.

Pleasing puzzle from this imaginative setter which I found on the easy side, but made one mistake – thank’s for explaining it below, Geoff.

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FT, 12,888, set by Jason, October 2, 2008

Posted by Octofem on 2nd October 2008

Octofem.

It’s a fair cop!  Theme of  ‘places of confinement’  today, but a light-hearted puzzle in spite of its subject.

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Independent on Sunday 972 by Quixote (28 Sep 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on 2nd October 2008

nmsindy.

Note that in (another) relaunch, the crossword has moved back towards the end of the main paper p. 101 of 104 in my edition. Solving time, 17 mins.

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Guardian 24,509 (Shed)

Posted by diagacht on 2nd October 2008

diagacht.
Across
1 FORGERY: ER in F ORGY
5 RUSSIFY: reversed and hidden in rockY FISSURe
10 VICE: double definition
11 CARCINOGEN: anagram of CIGaR ONE CAN without an ‘a’ (wanting)
12 GANNET: ANN in GET
13 GRUESOME: RUES in GO (game) + ME (setter)
14 GANGPLANK: GAN (NAG back) + GP + LANK (presumably long and thin, lacking substance, body)
16 POINT: double definition
19 CUSTOMISE: anagram of MUSCOvITE withe the ‘v’ (five) replaced by ‘S’ (heart of rusSify)
23 SCHMALTZ: SC (that is) + MALT in HZ
24 INDEED: D (gorDius heart) in I NEED
26 CONTINENCE: C + ONCE around (TINE (spike) + N (point))
27 CUSP: C (Claurinet’s first) + USP (unique selling point)
28 ANARCHY: &Lit
29 SELLING: EL in SLING
Down
2 OKINAWA: A WAN I KO, all reversed
3,17 GREEN GRASS: GREEN (snooker ball) GRASS (pot), refers to song written by Claude Putnam
4 RECITAL: I in RECTAL
6 UNIQUE: anagram of QUEUINg without ‘g’ (endlessly)
7 SNOWSTORM: NOW in SS + TO RM
8 FREEMAN: FR (friar, brother) + anagram of ENEMA
9 EROGENOUS ZONE: anagram of O (old) GREEN (3a) + US in OZONE
15 GASOMETER: SO (thus) in GAMETE + R
18 RACCOON: CCOO (202, in a kind of a way) in RAN
20 TRIREME: R (beginning of reveille) in MERIT (reversed) + E (oriental, east)
21 STETSON: STET (don’t change) + SON
22 CLINCH: L (learner) in CINCH
25 DUCAL: C in DUAL

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Financial Times 12,878 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 2nd October 2008

Pete Maclean.

Mudd gave us a few sterling clues in this puzzle (2D, 18D, 26D), one that I think is weak (19D).

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Financial Times 12,879 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on 2nd October 2008

Uncle Yap.

From Monday Prize Puzzle on 22 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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