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Financial Times 13,000 / Satori

Posted by Gaufrid on 13th February 2009


I thought we might be in for a hard time today what with this being puzzle number 13,000 and it being Friday the 13th but no, the only problem seems to be the absence of the scheduled blogger. Another enjoyable FT puzzle with some pleasing clues, though 30a may have flummoxed those who haven’t met this device before.

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Independent 6967 by Tyrus

Posted by nmsindy on 13th February 2009


I could not finish this, essentially because I’d never heard of the 39 letter phrase at the heart of  the puzzle.    However, as it bounces up on Google, I may be in a small minority in that.  Quite a hard puzzle, with some excellent clues.

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Guardian 24,622 – Orlando

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 13th February 2009

Ciaran McNulty.

Straightforward for a friday but very pleasing with a nice agricultural theme.

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Beelzebub 990 (08/02/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on 13th February 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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Independent 6962/Nimrod (Prize puzzle 07-02-09)

Posted by neildubya on 13th February 2009

6 hidden reversed in “lIETh”
7 ROB in SINS in NORM< – MRS ROBINSON. Credit where it’s due – Mrs Dubya got this one.
10 A in RODS in BIDE – BROADSIDE. Last one in, and took a bit of thinking about to work out what was going on.
11 hidden in “idylliC AROMa” – which is a shot in billiards, or a form of billiards played on a table with no pockets.
12 FA THE RING – FA is the fourth note of the major scale and THE RING is the cycle of operas by Wagner.
14 “thE QUiz”,US – EQUUS. The play by Peter Shaffer now famous as the one where Harry Potter gets his kit off.
15 R,UR – I thought this was a variant spelling of Ruhr but apparently not. It’s a tributary of the Meuse and runs through Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.
18 K in IS< – not sure why K is “best man”. Something to do with chess perhaps, as K is an abbreviation for King.
19 PACER – “recap” reversed.
20/2 down (TO PUT NORTH THREE)* – THE HUTTON REPORT. “N3 in full” is NORTH THREE and “to the sword” is the anagram indicator.
23 NY,A,LA – a large antelope.
24 FRIED,RIC[-e],H – excellent clue, loved the surface reading.
27 KEY – a double def I think. A KEY is a way into something, and tonal music is that which is in a certain key.
1 STAB – “go” is the definition, “mad, getting strung up” the wordplay.
3/17 across COME WHAT MAY – another way of saying “attend in the spring of which year”.
7 MI(D)G,E
12 FOR OPENERS – not really sure how this one works: “more than one 27 [key]” could be OPENERS but is “reason” FOR? And why “is cut?”
16/9 RI(CHAR)D,ART< in SUSS – RICHARD STRAUSS. Not really sure how SUSS can mean “arrest”.
17 WAR DANCE – cryptic def.
21 UND,ID – I think “German joiner” is UND because it’s the German word for “and”.
22 T,RICKY – cleverly done. “East Ender” is T (the end of east) and RICKY Butcher was (maybe still is) a character in Eastenders.
24 [-o]F,OLD
25 H,I[-n],Y,A

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Inquisitor 110 – Tragedy by Schadenfreude

Posted by duncanshiell on 13th February 2009


On my last blog, Inquisitor 106, Pared Down by Kea, I commented that I was lucky to have to blog only twenty-one clues. I shouldn’t have celebrated so much as I have lurched to the other extreme with this offering by Schadenfreude which boasts a grand total of fifty-three clues.

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Azed 1,914 Leers Laen

Posted by tilsit on 13th February 2009


Apologies for the delay.  i had been waiting for someone to put me wise on formatting, but I haven’t heard anything back.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 848 – Substitution by Raich

Posted by Gaufrid on 13th February 2009


There is no point in repeating or paraphrasing the preamble here because solvers and any other interested parties will have already read it. I made slow but steady progress with this puzzle though a few clues were solved only after determining the quotation given by the extra letters. Finding the originator of the quote in the grid was no problem but locating the word to be substituted took a little longer because, though I scanned the grid for ‘B’s, I initially missed the one at 26.

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