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Independent 6929 by Dac

Posted by nmsindy on 31st December 2008

nmsindy.

New Year’s Eve puzzle by Dac (appeared in the paper but not on the website apparently).   Solving time, 28 mins.

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Independent – Review of 2008

Posted by nmsindy on 31st December 2008

nmsindy.

The Indy under its editor, Eimi, who took over early in 2006, continued in 2008 its pattern of puzzles, many of which have themes and/or Ninas.  A Nina is a hidden message in  the grid not necessary for solving but which can certainly speed it up if you see it emerging!   (Named after the American artist Al Hirschfield who liked to incorporate the name of his daughter Nina into his sketches.)

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Guardian 24584 / Enigmatist

Posted by mhl on 31st December 2008

mhl.

This was rather tough going until we got the Hogmanay message around the outside (FOR THE SAKE OF AULD LANG SYNE), but good fun nonetheless. There are a few bits of devious wordplay that took quite a while to work out.

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Financial Times 12,963 by Cinephile

Posted by Gaufrid on 31st December 2008

Gaufrid.

What better way to end the year than with a Cinephile? Perhaps by not having the solution printed on the same page (with the number for tomorrow’s puzzle rather than yesterday’s)! Methinks someone has started celebrating the New Year rather early.

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Independent 6,928/Glow-Worm

Posted by Ali on 30th December 2008

Ali.

Good stuff from Glow-Worm, whose recent Listener puzzle is still on my to-do pile. There’s a mini theme here, with 4 answers contaning the word PLUS and a further reference at 1A. I struggled with some less common words which I’m guessing were needed to fit the theme. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24,583 – Brendan

Posted by Uncle Yap on 30th December 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 12962 / Jason

Posted by C G Rishikesh on 30th December 2008

C G Rishikesh.

Two words (12a, 17d) were new to me but both were easily obtainable from wordplay.

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Independent 6927 by Punk

Posted by NealH on 29th December 2008

NealH.

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

An enjoyable puzzle with a good mix of clues. The only one I didn’t follow was 21 down. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian No 24,582 / Araucaria

Posted by Eileen on 29th December 2008

Eileen.

What a treat! I have been so looking forward to my first Araucaria blog but didn’t expect to get it on a Monday. [That's not to say I wouldn't have been glad to get the usual Rufus!] This was not one to rush: there was so much to savour – both old favourite plays to revisit and elegant clues to delight in. Classic Araucaria. [I initially thought there were no anagrams but there was just one - and a bit.]

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Independent 6,925/Radian

Posted by Ali on 26th December 2008

Ali.

Happy Boxing Day y’all. I found some of this quite tough, possibly because I initially got 5D wrong and am unsure on a few others. Some nice clues though from a new-ish setter who is improving with every puzzle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 103 – The Top Ten by Charybdis

Posted by duncanshiell on 26th December 2008

duncanshiell.

Solvers were told that nine clue-answers had to be jumbled to form new real-word grid entries. We were also told that the first letters of these nine clues would spell a word, referred to as X. There were two unclued entries at 1 across and 12 down. We were then advised that we would have to determine ’12 down X 1 across’ The next instruction was fairly cryptic – viz, the top ten of ’12 X 1′ may read (3,7). Further, the probable all-time world number one (8) had to be highlighted as had the full version (8,5,9) of the acronym in the top three, and their only UK number one (6). On the first read though the preamble was therefore fairly obscure. to say the least. However all became clear as pennies dropped throughout this enjoyable puzzle.

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Independent 6921 by Nestor – 20/12/2008

Posted by Gaufrid on 26th December 2008

Gaufrid.

This was the first Saturday Indy that I have attempted and so I cannot say how it compares with the usual fare. I found most of it easy, with nearly 90% of the answers going in within a few minutes. The remaining 10% or so took about the same amount of time again.

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Independent on Sunday 984 by Quixote (21 Dec 2008)

Posted by nmsindy on 25th December 2008

nmsindy.

Christmas puzzle, with one 47-letter answer over 5 normal grid entries – this made it a more difficult puzzle than usual from Quixote, but I was eventually able to work it out as crossing letters helped along with the anagram fodder. Solving time, 32 mins.

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Financial Times 12,951 – Alberich

Posted by Uncle Yap on 25th December 2008

Uncle Yap.

MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR
Monday FT Prize Crossword on 15 December 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 12,950 by Cinephile

Posted by Pete Maclean on 24th December 2008

Pete Maclean.

FT Weekend prize puzzle from December 13
I found this a nicely challenging puzzle although I was left with three clues whose wordplay I did not initially understand. Since the deadline for entries was earlier than usual, I could have published this blog yesterday but I failed to notice in time. My apologies if you were anxiously waiting!

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