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Independent 6,948/Nestor

Posted by Ali on 22nd January 2009

Ali.

This seemed to be one of those days where I filled in a lot of answers without fully understanding them. Some will hopefully become clear as I blog, but there’ll no doubt be a few question marks. That aside, I enjoyed this one.

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Financial Times 12,981 / Sleuth

Posted by Gaufrid on 22nd January 2009

Gaufrid.

Not a lot to say about this one. One minor quibble (16a), a few neat clues but nothing that really stands out.
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1 INCOME  IN (popular) CO (firm) M[assiv]E
4 TRAGIC  *(TRACI[n]G)
8 DEANERY  *(YEARNED)
9 ACQUIRE  homophone of ‘a choir’
11 BLOODY MARY  *(BY OLD MAYOR)
12 MINT  hidden in ‘calM INTellectual’
13 BREED  RE (about) in BED – ‘about to enjoy retirement’ = ‘in bed’
14 LIPSTICK  LIP (backchat) STICK (criticism)
16 DIPLOMAT  DIP (creamy mixture) MA (master) in LOT (crowd) – MA is the abbreviation for ‘Master of Arts’ not simply ‘master’
18 ARGUE  R[egatta] in AGUE (fit)
20 VAIN  homophone of ‘vein’ (humour)
21 GROGGINESS  GROG GIN (drinks) [m]ESS (dining area)
23 CROESUS  *(COURSES) – the king of Lydia renowned for his wealth
24 SOJOURN  JOUR (day, in French) in SON (child)
25 CUTLET  CUT (economy) LET (allowed)
26 SPRAIN  [tou]R in SPAIN (country)

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Guardian 24,603/Araucaria

Posted by Andrew on 22nd January 2009

Andrew.

A themed puzzle from Araucaria, with 13 wordplay-only clues for capital cities (highlighted in blue below). I caught on to the theme early on by a lucky guess at PRAGUE, but still found the puzzle reasonably hard going. There are a couple of clues I don’t understand, so I await enlightenment from my learned friends in the comments
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Independent on Sunday 988 by Quixote (18 Jan 2009)

Posted by nmsindy on 22nd January 2009

nmsindy.

I found this quite easy. Some answers that were new to me I worked out from the friendly wordplay. Solving time, 13 mins.

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Financial Times 12,972 – Mudd

Posted by Uncle Yap on 22nd January 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 12 January 2009
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 12,971 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 22nd January 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 10
A few minor challenges here made a typically enjoyable puzzle. Cincinnus came up with some great anagrams for the long downers. (Yeah, I know “downers” are something else and acrossers don’t even exist.)

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