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Archive for October, 2008

Enigmatic Variations No. 833 – Off Course by Glow-worm

Posted by Gaufrid on 24th October 2008

Gaufrid.

We are told that eight seven-letter terms radiate outwards from the central square which contains the initial of one whose outlook was 34 and whose name is spelled out in the shaded squares. We are also told that the definitions for these eight words are contained in eight clues in place of the correct definitions to which the wordplay (subsidiary indication in EV speak) leads. In a further eight clues the wordplay leads to the answer minus one or two letters which appropriately relate to the radiating words mentioned initially.

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Guardian 24527 / Gordius

Posted by mhl on 23rd October 2008

mhl.

As usual with Gordius’s puzzles, I found this one rather difficult, so there are quite a few questions below. It was very enjoyable, but something of a guilty pleasure considering the amount of time it took me… :)

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Independent 6871/Tees

Posted by neildubya on 23rd October 2008

neildubya.

Good puzzle, easy in places, tougher in others. I still don’t understand 3, 6 and 22d though. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent on Sunday 975 by Quixote

Posted by nmsindy on 23rd October 2008

nmsindy.

I found this one quite easy – solving time, 13 mins

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Enigmatic Variations No. 832 – Central Character by Oxymoron

Posted by Gaufrid on 23rd October 2008

Gaufrid.

Well, here it is, the first EV blog to appear on Fifteensquared!

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Financial Times 12,897 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 23rd October 2008

Uncle Yap.

From Monday Prize Crossword on 13th October 2008
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 12,896 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 23rd October 2008

Pete Maclean.

This is the prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 11
I found this Cincinnus a bit tougher than average and was stuck on 14D and 27A for a while.

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Independent 6870/Dac

Posted by John on 22nd October 2008

John.

Several quite brilliant long anagrams in Dac’s typically excellent crossword today
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FINANCIAL TIMES 12,905 by CINEPHILE

Posted by Gaufrid on 22nd October 2008

Gaufrid.

An interesting challenge from Cinephile today with the thematic answers all being Italian Renaissance artists. A couple (Lippi and Mantegna) I had not heard of before but these were easy to determine from the wordplay.

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Enigmatic Variations

Posted by neildubya on 22nd October 2008

neildubya.

From this week, we shall be blogging the Enigmatic Variations puzzle which appears in the Telegraph. Blogs for puzzles 832 and 833 will appear over the next few days, with 834 appearing the following week. Your bloggers will be Gaufrid and Colin, with a new team member hopefully joining in November.

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Guardian 24,526 (Paul)

Posted by diagacht on 22nd October 2008

diagacht.

Some great clues here. Very entertaining but not easy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6,869/Virgilius – In A State

Posted by Ali on 21st October 2008

Ali.

A nice, relatively gentle puzzle from Virgilius. There’s a mini-theme of people who share their name with US states, one of whom – 8/12A – got the better of me, largely due to a stupid error on 1D!

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Financial Times 12904 / Phssthpok

Posted by C G Rishikesh on 21st October 2008

C G Rishikesh.

I have been blogging every Tuesday since March 2008 but this is the first time I encountered a puzzle by Phssthpok.
I enjoyed solving this crossword, which is of average difficulty.
At the end of the alloted time, three clues remained to be solved – they are all in the bottom right corner.

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Guardian 24,525 – Chifonie

Posted by Uncle Yap on 21st October 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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Independent 6868 by Glow-worm

Posted by NealH on 20th October 2008

NealH.

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

A fairly straightforward puzzle with just one I didn’t entirely follow (17 down) and one I thought seemed a bit weak (19 across). Read the rest of this entry »

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