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Financial Times 12,993 / Falcon

Posted by Gaufrid on 5th February 2009

Gaufrid.

What can I say? Nothing controversial today, nothing too difficult and nothing to quibble about. There were a couple of obscure words (9a & 8d) but these were easy to determine from the wordplay.
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1 MOONLIGHTER  MO (second) ON[e] (one for the most part) LIGHTER (not as arduous)
7 TAB  BAT (club) reversed
9 RATEL  *(LATER) – a South African 6-wheeled armoured vehicle according to Collins
10 UNCOVERED  dd
11 TRENCHANT  TRENCH (deep ditch) ANT (worker)
12 REIGN  G[eorges] in REIN (check)
13 MACBETH  *(MATCH BE)
15 SKIT  S (saint) KIT (Christopher)
18 ERIC  ERIC[a] (girl wanting a)
20 FUNFAIR  F (loud) UNFAIR (ugly, not pretty)
23 AITCH  H (i j k …..)
24 RAISE CAIN  RAISE (mention) C (key) I (one) in AN (article)
26 HARMONICA  HAR[p] (incomplete instrument) MONICA (girl)
27 RUCHE  CH (child) in RUE (regret)
28 MAY  MA[n]Y (lots giving away new)
29 MACKEREL SKY  *(MAKES CLERK) [qua]Y

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Independent 6960 by Mordred

Posted by nmsindy on 5th February 2009

nmsindy.

In terms of time taken to solve, I found this the hardest of the year so far, 75 mins.   There’s also a Nina which I refer to after the clue explanations

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Independent on Sunday 990 by Quixote (1 Feb 2009)

Posted by nmsindy on 5th February 2009

nmsindy.

I found this a very fast solve indeed, solving time, 11 mins

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Guardian 24615 / Rover

Posted by mhl on 5th February 2009

mhl.

A mixture of very easy clues and some that are rather tricky to explain. I’m slightly doubtful about my explanations for 11a, 12a and could do with some suggestions for 28a and 20d. Update: Thanks to everyone’s suggestions, I think we have satisfactory interpretations of all of these now.

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Financial Times 12,984 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 5th February 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 26 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 12,983 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 5th February 2009

Pete Maclean.

Weekend FT prize puzzle from January 24
I found the top-left quadrant of this puzzle to be a challenge to complete. I was not familiar with the Battle of Solferino and was thwarted for a good time by the wordplay in 1D.

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