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Inquisitor 99 THE MAN OF THE HIGH CASTLE by Phi

Posted by Hihoba on 28th November 2008

Hihoba.

My apologies for the late arrival of this blog. I have been having problems getting into Google Calendar and so was not aware that it was my turn!

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Independent 6902/Phi

Posted by John on 28th November 2008

John.

A nice 4-based crossword from Phi today.

Across
1 THE MOONSTONE — them (not so)* one — OK once one has 4
8 FLORIDA — (fair old)* — excellent &lit.
9 V AUNTED — ref. Bertie Wooster‘s aunts Agatha and Dahlia
11 I M(PR)OVE
12 LE(I)T RIM
13 EERIE — {w}e((ire)rev.)e{k}
14 CAFETIERE — (fact eerie)* — ‘brewing centre’ misleads nicely
16 NARCISSUS — (Sus(si(c)r)an)rev.
19 CIRCA — (a cric{k})rev.
21 MINEOLA — (a lemon I)* — had never heard of it
23 EN(L ACE)D
24 NAVVIES — the v of navies is doubled
25 SUPREMO — R.E.M. in (opus)rev.
26 B(RIGHT ON)ROCK
 
Down
1 TROOPER — 0 in (report)rev.
2 EPITOME — (pie)* to me
3 OPALESCES — (poses lace)*
4 NO(V)EL
5 TO(UR IS)T
6 NUT T(R)EE — the definition is Hazel, which seemed a bit inadequate until I saw that a hazel is a tree, rather than, as I had thought, a nut
7 OF MICE AND MEN — (commend a fine)*
10 DOMBEY AND SON — do (man’s beyond)*
15 FOSTERS ON
17 R(UN)OVER
18 {A}IR(ON)ING
19 CALYPSO — (plays)* in co
20 REC{IPE} HECK
22 ASSET — SS in (tea)rev.

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Guardian 24558 / Chifonie

Posted by mhl on 28th November 2008

mhl.

I normally find Chifonie very difficult, so I was pleased to get through about half today’s puzzle very fast – the rest of the clues (mostly in the bottom half) took quite a bit longer though… There are lots of very enjoyable clues here. [Links to the puzzle as: HTML, PDF and Java applet]

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Independent 6897/Phi (22-11-08 Prize Puzzle)

Posted by neildubya on 28th November 2008

neildubya.

It’s not often we see a preamble in an Indy puzzle, and I’m not really sure we needed one here. If the X in the thematic clues was replaced by 7 then surely that would make it clear what was going on? That’s a minor gripe though, and it certainly didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the puzzle, which I thought was first-rate. It’s a shame Benjamin Britten couldn’t have been fitted into the grid as he was actually born on 5/6′s Day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 12,937 by Sleuth

Posted by Gaufrid on 28th November 2008

Gaufrid.

Smiffy is busy enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday today so you will have to put up with me instead. There was nothing particularly difficult in this offering from Sleuth so I haven’t seen a need to add much explanation to the wordplay but if anyone needs some clarification then please post a comment.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 838 – Definition or by Xanthipe

Posted by Gaufrid on 28th November 2008

Gaufrid.

Overall, a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours on wet Sunday afternoon. I thought some of the normal clues were a little on the easy side but this was compensated for by the thematic ones, as reflected in my split of time spent on the two types (normal 35%, thematic 65%).

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