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Archive for November, 2008

Financial Times 12,935 by Cinephile

Posted by Gaufrid on 26th November 2008


I felt slightly underwhelmed having finished this one as, overall, I did not think it was up to Cinephile’s usual high standard. The surface in some clues left something to be desired and, as far as I can determine, one definition was incorrect (4d). The ‘cooler’ (prison) theme may have required a degree of compromise in some of the clues but I felt that a few of them seemed ‘forced’. I needed to google to confirm 25d.

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Guardian 24,556/Boatman

Posted by Andrew on 26th November 2008


I blogged what I think was Boatman’s first puzzle a few weeks ago, and here he is again. The consensus then seemed to be that he was a promising addition to the stable, and again in this puzzle there are some very nice clues, including a couple of brilliant “anagram &lit”s, but I also have a few nitpicks.

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Independent 6,899/Virgilius – It’s all about U

Posted by Ali on 25th November 2008


Great stuff as ever from the V-man. There’s a theme running through this one, with 9/25A kicking things off and then numerous references to the letter “U” in both clues and answers. I found some of this a little trickier than usual, but got there in the end with a few guesses.

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Guardian 24,555 – Paul

Posted by Uncle Yap on 25th November 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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Financial Times 12,934 / Phssthpok

Posted by C G Rishikesh on 25th November 2008

C G Rishikesh.

This puzzle is none-too-easy. In the allotted time, four clues are still to go. Can’t put on the thinking cap all the time! I am sure my friends will fill me in.

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Guardian 24,554 – Rufus

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 24th November 2008

Ciaran McNulty.

Straightforward monday puzzle, lots of typical Rufus cryptic definitions.

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Independent 6898 by Radian

Posted by NealH on 24th November 2008


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

This was mostly fairly easy, but had a couple of clues that I struggled to understand even after I’d got the answer. My only criticism would be that there was perhaps a slight overuse of the alternate letters style of clue, which can be quite effective when it crops up occasionally as a surprise tactic but becomes regulation when it appears three times in the same puzzle. Having said that, the idea of having a NINA and making use of it in one of the clues was quite novel. Read the rest of this entry »

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Private Eye/Cyclops 378 – Guidelines

Posted by beermagnet on 24th November 2008


The theme this time is the recent 25A perpetrated by 5A/21 and 15A/8 which 8D and embarrassed the 11A. One of them has jumped ship before he 1D. The other has been suspended in a 14D move by 11A. They were probably 12D. No doubt a few 3Ds chipped in with soundbites.

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Crossword Ends in Violence (5)

Posted by neildubya on 23rd November 2008


I’ve received an email from James Cary, a TV and radio comedy writer, who has written a novel about the crossword controversy surrounding the D-Day landings (which was talked about in the recent BBC4 program about cryptics). The hero of the story is modern day professional crossword setter called John Fellowes.

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Azed 1903

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 23rd November 2008

Colin Blackburn.

A relatively easy Azed for me this time around. That means I did it easily in one evening after dinner, I suspect Peter B could have polished this one off within 30 minutes. There was a lot of computing and science in here, which might have helped me a little along the way—1dn for instance came in an instant and opened up half the grid. I did think I had caught out Azed with one erroneous definition but it turned out to be me not reading Chambers well enough. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24,547 (Sat 15 Nov)/Araucaria – Playing Cat and Mouse

Posted by rightback on 22nd November 2008


Solving time: 13:40

An enjoyable puzzle from Araucaria, with a couple of strange clues thrown in. Several clues refer to the Suffragette movement.

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Independent 6,896/Nestor

Posted by Ali on 21st November 2008


It’s not often that I think that Nimrod isn’t the hardest weekday puzzle, but I really struggled with this one! I only solved 3 clues on my first pass and it took me far too long to get some of the longer down answers which help open up the grid. A nice challenge to end the week nonetheless, and there are some truly outstanding and entertaining clues in here.

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Guardian 24,552 – Gordius

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 21st November 2008

Ciaran McNulty.

Quite easy for a friday, I thought.  Straightforward and well constructed, with a lot of anagrams.

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Independent 6891/Virgilius (Prize puzzle 15-11-08)

Posted by neildubya on 21st November 2008


A rare treat: Virgilius on a Saturday. About the same level of difficulty as we’ve come to expect from Virgilius and a theme of course: this time, it’s centred around two well-known phrases at 3/28 and 1/7. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 98 – Favourite by Loda

Posted by duncanshiell on 21st November 2008


LODA is a regular contributer to the Inquisitor series and his (?) puzzles cover a wide range of subjects. This one took us into deepest Peckham in London. We were told that the wordplay in each of the fifty five clues would lead to the answer plus an additional letter. Of the fifty five clues, eighteen had no definition and the extra letters in these spelt out the theme of the puzzle. The remaining thirty seven clues led to six thematic names. Finally we were told that two additional thematic names had to be highlighted in the grid.

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