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Archive for October 3rd, 2008

FT 12,889/Mudd

Posted by smiffy on 3rd October 2008

smiffy.

This puzzle seemed, frankly, a little underwhelming compared  to Mudd’s usual standard. Not that there is anything wrong with it, per se; just seems a tad light on imagination or inspiration. I suppose that’s the down side of publishing setters’ identities – it can start to frame certain expectations in the longer run.

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Inquisitor 91 – Open Wide by Nutmeg

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 3rd October 2008

petebiddlecombe.

I forgot to solve this puzzle when I should have done, but when I recieved a “where’s that blog?” e-mail, decided I ought to be able to solve the puzzle, given that I (a) work for a dental software company and (b) have also been to the dentist lately.
I did so with a little help, mainly from the ‘ho’ in hihoba, and a bit more use of reference books than usual. Total time was maybe 4 hours.

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Guardian 24510/Arachne

Posted by mhl on 3rd October 2008

mhl.

Is is just me being dense, or was this rather difficult today? I could do with some help with explaining 18d (HACKSAW). That said, there are lots of marvellous surface readings here (too many to pick out any particular favourites) that made it very enjoyable, albeit time-consuming.

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Independent 6854/Phi

Posted by neildubya on 3rd October 2008

neildubya.

I found this much tougher than most Phi puzzles and two clues (18 and 22) had me completely stumped as the wordplay in each of them led to an answer that didn’t really seem connected to the definition. Thanks to nmsindy for explaining both of these to me. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6849/Nestor (Prize puzzle 27-09-08)

Posted by neildubya on 3rd October 2008

neildubya.

I enjoyed this one a great deal. I had the grid filled in reasonably quickly but then had to go over half a dozen or so clues where I’d filled in the answer without fully understanding what was happening. A mistake at 16 held me up but not for too long and 11 was the last to go in and also the last clue I deciphered. Read the rest of this entry »

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