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Archive for December 24th, 2008

Financial Times 12,950 by Cinephile

Posted by Pete Maclean on 24th December 2008

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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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Financial Times 12,959 by Bradman

Posted by Gaufrid on 24th December 2008


A late blog today because this one caused me some problems, particularly in the NE corner. All the across answers are Biblical Characters and most lived BC. A number of them are obscure to say the least, well in my opinion anyway,  and some do not appear in the lists of biblical names that I have found on the web. A copy of the Bradford or Chambers crossword dictionary may have helped but unfortunately I don’t have a copy of either.

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Guardian 24,580 – Paul

Posted by manehi on 24th December 2008


Am solving and blogging now after a night out knowing that I won’t get up at a reasonable hour tomorrow/this morning.. surprisingly easy for a Paul, I felt, with a lot of easyish clues among the many nice ones. Merry Christmas all… anyone else get to open their presents by this afternoon :)?

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Independent 6924/Nimrod

Posted by John on 24th December 2008


Nimrod is undoubtedly very imaginative and some of the clues here are lovely, but there are, as I always find with this setter, one or two places where he seems to teeter on the edge of acceptability. The grid has only 22 clues, half of them with more unchecked letters than checked, and two of them simply 2 out of 5; some people (quite justifiably in my opinion) don’t like it when they have _E_E_ and there are hundreds of possibilities (178 actually, according to Word Matcher). 22 clues is about as small a number of clues as I’ve ever met in a 15×15 cryptic: Nimrod will probably take this as a challenge to provide even fewer. Read the rest of this entry »

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