Posted by mhl on 2nd February 2009
The hidden theme of this excellent crossword is “Composers”: most uses of the letter C in the clues should be read as “composer” for the clue to make sense. This perhaps wasn’t as tricky as the last couple of Genius puzzles, but a good challenge nonetheless. (To give credit where it’s due, solving this was a joint effort between me and my partner.) Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by NealH on 2nd February 2009
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone
A Groundhog Day themed puzzle, although the joke of having the phrase appear three times owed more to the Bill Murray film than the weather forecasting event. I think 3 Groundhog Days might have been 1 too many because, once you’d got the other two, it was all too obvious that there was another one. Also, it was a bit disappointing that Phil didn’t make an appearance anywhere.
||Groundhog Day: Ground + hog + ‘d + ay.
||Off Off Broadway: Off (= start in expressions like “from the off”) + off (=away) + broad + way.
||Nooky: Nook + y for yes, definition = “it”.
||Desai: Aides with the AI moved to the back.
||Hi De Hi: Hom of Heidi, hi.
||Deja Vu: Hidden, reversed in “helluva Jedi”. I’m not exactly sure that Deja Vu would be the theme for the Groundhog Day film, since it’s more of a vague sense of having been somewhere before rather than history repeating itself.
||Alamo: A La Mo (state abbreviations).
||Gibbon: A reference to Edward Gibbon.
||Limpid: Lid around I MP.
||Acids: As around CID.
||Aesop: A pose<.
||Disco: Didn’t really get this – “Tracing not very noisy club”. I imagine disco=club, but don’t follow the rest unless there’s some word like disco[ff].
||Full steam ahead: “Beats leading side as quickly as possible”. As quickly as possible is obviously the definition and “team ahead” is probably leading side but I’m not familiar with full meaning beat.
||Punxsutawney: (way next sun up)*, but not the nicest of clues to have to do on the train with no reference books to confirm the spelling.
||Groundhog day: Cryptic def (ground hog i.e. stop hog taking off).
||Off-road: Of (a ford)*.
||Nifty: I FT in NY.
||Hobble: Hobbe[s] (Thomas) around l[ogic].
||Gloria: (a girl o)* + &lit.
||Adder: double def.
||Groundhog Day: a rather weak cryptic def, I thought.
||Diana: (An aid)<.
||Basque: Base around qu.
||Pastern: P[anto] + a + stern.
||Cortex: Cox around RTE (an Irish TV station).
||Deja Vu: Jude* around AV (Authorised Version). I’m sure I’ve seen that before somewhere.
||Pilau: Lip< + a + u.
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Posted by C G Rishikesh on 2nd February 2009
Sometime ago a kind soul had given a tip (among the comments here) on how to marshal all the posts of a particular blogger. I found it useful.
Now I am unable to recall what is to be entered in the address field.
Following a disk crash, I lost the file in which I maintained a record of my Tuesday blogs. Hence this query.
Help will be appreciated.
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Posted by Andrew on 2nd February 2009
Three Guardian blogs in a row – people will be getting sick of the sight of me! Anyway, a nice gentle Rufus for this snowy morning. I particularly liked 15ac and 27ac for their clever wordplay, and have slight niggles with 16dn and 21dn for rather unhelpful clueing of unusual words. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by beermagnet on 2nd February 2009
Another fairly easy outing from Cyclops, particularly in comparison to his Saturday Prize Guardian Brummie (24-Jan) which I struggled with just before tackling this one, so I may be over-judging how easy this was. Nevertheless, with the Private Eye puzzle being more accessible of late, it is the ideal time for anyone unfamiliar with it to have a go. Read the rest of this entry »
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