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Archive for October 10th, 2008

Guardian 24,516 – Orlando

Posted by manehi on 10th October 2008


Nothing too difficult but certainly some very clever clueing and nice surfaces throughout. Loved 24ac. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by Gaufrid on 10th October 2008


Smiffy has had to get his priorities right and put business before pleasure today so unfortunately we won’t be seeing his cheerful avatar.

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Independent 6860 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on 10th October 2008


I found this quite tough, esp SW corner. Solving time, 26 mins.

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Independent Saturday Prize No 6855 (Monk)

Posted by bridgesong on 10th October 2008


This was my first attempt at completing an Independent prize crossword (I’m substituting for Neil, who’s on holiday). With one or two exceptions I didn’t find it too difficult, finishing all but one or two clues in the course of a day (22 across came to me in the small hours of the morning, when the penny finally dropped). I thought that on the whole it was a fair puzzle with one or two excellent clues, but I did feel that 11 and 19 across were more suited to a general knowledge crossword than to a cryptic one.  If there was a Nina, or hidden theme, then I’m afraid that I failed to detect it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 92 — THE RIVER by Loda

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 10th October 2008

Colin Blackburn.

A very nice puzzle as usual from Loda. Ignoring 1a and 38, I plugged away at the clues hoping to spot a few misprints as I went. Luckily I had KEN… very quickly. There aren’t many authors called Ken, and very few that were around 100 years ago. Kenneth Grahame sprung to mind, was 14 letters long and Wind in the Willows was published a century ago. Sometimes knowing the misprints can help, sometimes not. 21 was a case of the latter as I corrected the wrong ‘louse’ and spent too long on a dead end. However, before long I had most of the answers in place and could look at the thematic elements.

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