Fifteensquared

Never knowingly undersolved.

Archive for February 26th, 2009

Independent 6,978/Punk

Posted by Ali on 26th February 2009

Ali.

More enviably entertaining, inventive stuff from Mr Cryptica. There’s plenty to admire here as always, with 21A and 20D being the standouts for me. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Independent | 7 Comments »

Financial Times 13,011 / Bradman

Posted by Gaufrid on 26th February 2009

Gaufrid.

I always enjoy one of the Don’s crosswords and this was no exception. Some clever clues and I particularly liked 28a even though it went in on the first pass. 19a, 22a, 5d, 7d and 20d are also worthy of a special mention.
.
.
.
Across
1 COUNTERBID  COUNT (noble) *(BRIDE)
7 CORE  homophone of ‘corps’ (division of army)
9 DONG  DON (Bradman) G (good)
10 ON THE CARDS  *(HOT DANCERS)
11 BARSAC  BAR (pub) homophone of ‘sack’ (another, white wine)
12 LOCATION  AC (bill) reversed in LOTION (skin preparation)
13 CALLISTO  CALL (name) I (one) ST (way) O (round)
15 IOTA  O (nothing) in ITA (child’s alphabet)
17 PANG  PAN (face) G[rimace]
19 TOILETTE  TOIL (hard work) TT (avoiding booze) in EE (middle of week)
22 BURNOUSE  BURN ‘OUSE
23 PADAUK  PAD (home) AUK (bird)
25 SEPARATIST  A RAT (a deserter) IS in SEPT (clan)
26 BLIP  B[looming] LIP (cheek)
27 STAY  ST[r]AY (wander off not right)
28 TREE-HUGGER  both ‘Thelma’ and ‘Sasha’ contain the name of a tree

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in FT | 6 Comments »

Guardian 24,633 – Araucaria

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 26th February 2009

Ciaran McNulty.

An interesting theme today, and luckily for me something I managed to guess early on – I suspect it’d be somewhat impenetrable if you can’t guess what BG stands for (I’ve assumed British Game [It's been pointed out in the comments that 'ball game' is more likely]), and there’s precious little else to help you along until you get there!

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Guardian | 43 Comments »

Independent on Sunday 993 by Quixote (22 Feb 2009)

Posted by nmsindy on 26th February 2009

nmsindy.

I found this trickier than usual, solving time, 26 mins.   RHS much harder than LHS

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Independent | No Comments »

FT 13,002 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on 26th February 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 16 February 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in FT | 2 Comments »

Financial Times 13,001 by Gozo

Posted by Pete Maclean on 26th February 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of February 14

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in FT | 3 Comments »