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Archive for January 9th, 2009

FT 12,970/Alberich

Posted by smiffy on 9th January 2009


It’s hard to say exactly why Alberich’s puzzles amuse me so much. They seem to exude a sense of attention to detail and cliche-avoidance, which suggest that the clue-writing process was a labour of love. Several clues do flirt with the verbose end of the spectrum, but without seeming to be overly clunky. Maybe the xwd editor agrees, as he appears to have provided a regular berth in the FT these days.

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Independent 6937 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on 9th January 2009


Excellent puzzle from Phi, thought it was going to be relatively easy when I got both 14-letter entries on first run through, but I found it was tricky in both SW and particularly NE corners. Solving time, 24 mins. Nina: see end

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Guardian 24,592 – Araucaria

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 9th January 2009

Ciaran McNulty.

An enjoyable Araucaria today, with a completely non-topical theme of the Proms, with a bit of Shakespeare thrown in.

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Independent 6932 / Nimrod (03/01/09)

Posted by neildubya on 9th January 2009


An enjoyable solve, this – very tough in places, easier in others. Not sure about the wordplay in 14 and I’m not confident I’ve got the right answer at 19 either. The grid had two Ms filled into two unconnected squares, each of which is the first letter in the word MOHAMMED which appears in grid in a diagonal direction (going up on the left-hand side and down on the right). Don’t know what the significance (if any) of this is though.

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Inquisitor 105, WARTIME SUSPENSE by Schadenfreude

Posted by Hihoba on 9th January 2009


The usual shudder occurred when I saw that it was Schadenfreude this week and I wasn’t disappointed! Not only misprinted clues, but also columns with a letter to be moved. This meant that even when the relevant down clues were solved, they didn’t necessarily help a lot with the across clues! Still an excellent crossword and a great sense of satisfaction on completing it.

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