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Archive for February 6th, 2009

Guardian 24,616 – Puck

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 6th February 2009

Ciaran McNulty.

Puck seems to be in a thirsty, miserable mood, with a number of references to drinking / being drunk as well as depression in the clues. Quite a few tricky ones today, I found, that even with all the checking letters took a while to sort out.

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Beelzebub 989 (01/02/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on 6th February 2009

Simon Harris.

Hello again, everyone. I’d like to re-introduce Beelzebub to Fifteensquared, as I think it’s a splendid – yet often overlooked – crossword.

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Independent 6956/Bannsider (Prize puzzle 31-01-09)

Posted by neildubya on 6th February 2009

neildubya.

Excellent puzzle. You could pick out 3 or 4 top-notch clues by closing your eyes and randomly pointing with a finger but I especially liked 11 and 1d. I can usually explain everything in a Bannsider puzzle but not this one: 15a, 18, 19, 7 and 15d all need further explanation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Enigmatic Variations 847: Fields of Action by Dysart

Posted by Dave Hennings on 6th February 2009

Dave Hennings.

The grid represents some “fields of action”, and so long as they’re not football or rugby fields I should be OK. The subsidiary indication in each down clue has an extra letter; these spell out some key words which identify a quotation whose author is unclued at 16D. Part of the quotation is represented in the grid and must be highlighted, as must something else thematic lurking at the end of a thematic barrier. Sounds fun, and hopefully won’t be too difficult.

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Inquisitor 109 – TRANSACTION by Lato

Posted by Hihoba on 6th February 2009

Hihoba.

An excellent offering from Lato. Some odd words and a clever and (we thought) pretty taxing theme. Entertaining though!

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FT 12,994/Viking

Posted by smiffy on 6th February 2009

smiffy.

A fairly benign workout – I even managed to solve this on-screen without too much difficulty (my printer having thrown another late night tantrum). A few of the clues (e.g. 26A, 19D) struck me as good examples that a simple clue to a pedestrian word need not necessarily be an inelegant one.

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Independent 6,961 by Phi

Posted by Simon Harris on 6th February 2009

Simon Harris.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.

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