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Archive for December 5th, 2008

Financial Times 12,943 by Bradman

Posted by Gaufrid on 5th December 2008

Gaufrid.

A reasonably gentle end to the working week, with only a couple of relatively obscure words (18a and 11d). OK, 18a isn’t perhaps all that obscure because I knew it from previous crosswords but I had not come across 11d before.

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Guardian 24,564 / Brendan

Posted by Eileen on 5th December 2008

Eileen.

The usual entertainment value from this Brendan puzzle, with its elegant surfaces, clever anagrams and cunningly hidden answers. It included four reiterative phrases neatly placed around the perimeter, plus another one at 13ac, which made some of the solving that bit easier. Nothing too tricky [apart from a minor query at 10ac]

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Independent 6908 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on 5th December 2008

nmsindy.

Everything I associate with a Phi puzzle, bullet-proof clues with excellent surface readings , references to classical music and matters astronomical.   As there were 4 15-letter entries around the perimeter, I said I’d start with them and was lucky enough to get two straightaway in the first row and column which gave starting letters of many other words.  So this turned out to be a quick solve for me, 16 mins.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 839 — Two Words by Piccadilly

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 5th December 2008

Colin Blackburn.

A very brief introduction today. This was an excellent puzzle with a tough twist at the end. Oddly my other blog today, IQ100, is also about the puzzle name. Here variations of ENIGMATIC made up each of the rows and columns making up the central 9 by 9 square. This final jigsaw was quite a feat, I’m not even convinced I have it right but it looks okay. The outer rows and columns were entered normally as was 18ac. I assume his last one was to force a unique solution.

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Independent 6903/Monk (Prize puzzle 29-11-08)

Posted by neildubya on 5th December 2008

neildubya.

It’s been a while since we last saw Monk in the Indy so this was, for this solver at least, a welcome return. Just one query at 3. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 100 — I ASK YOU! by Schadenfreude

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 5th December 2008

Colin Blackburn.

Schadenfreude usually fills me with a mild dread. He can produce some very tough puzzles in the Listener series and so I was expecting a tougher than usual Inquisitor. The title, at the moment, doesn’t suggest anything but the puzzle number, 100, might lead to a theme. The recent Listener 4000 was cause for a celebratory theme so why not Inquisitor 100?

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