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Archive for February, 2009

Independent 6977 by Dac

Posted by nmsindy on 25th February 2009

nmsindy.

Not too difficult, I found, solving time 22 mins.

* = anagram    < = reversed

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Guardian 24632 / Gordius

Posted by mhl on 25th February 2009

mhl.

A very rushed post today, since I’m about to get on an aeroplane, and I’m afraid that as a result I won’t be able to update it with corrections until much later. There are a few I don’t understand here… Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6976/Eimi

Posted by John on 24th February 2009

John.

One or two that I can’t understand, but plenty of nice clues today. No doubt there is a Nina staring me in the face, but apart from several references to pans and to cakes I can’t see anything. Eimi has certainly made work for himself with 36 clues — the most I’ve ever seen in a daily cryptic. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24,631 / Paul

Posted by Uncle Yap on 24th February 2009

Uncle Yap.

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 13009 / Moodim

Posted by C G Rishikesh on 24th February 2009

C G Rishikesh.

Across

1 LOSS ADJUSTER – los (sad, just) er

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Guardian 24630 – Rufus

Posted by manehi on 23rd February 2009

manehi.

sorry if this is a bit terse, internet went down at home so am solving/blogging between lectures. I got through this quickly with a few niggles. Liked 18ac.

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Independent 6975 by Virgilius

Posted by NealH on 23rd February 2009

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def
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Azed 1916/who is Aled J?

Posted by ilancaron on 22nd February 2009

ilancaron.

A typical Azed outing involving quality time with The Big Red Book: a couple of wordplays still to be decoded and the requisite mystery clue. Thanks to Andrew all is clear now!

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Guardian 24,623/Paul

Posted by Andrew on 21st February 2009

Andrew.

Not, as I’d expected, a St Valentine’s Day special, but a theme based on famous Belgians, of whom there are supposedly very few, though for its size Belgium in fact does pretty well. The online solution says that the list “includ[es], for these purposes, the Flemish”, to allow for those who lived before Belgium existed as a country (early 19th Century). As always a lot of enjoyable clues from Paul, with, I think, a larger than usual number of double definitions, most with very short clues,

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Inquisitor 111 – Piano Practice by Nutmeg

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 20th February 2009

petebiddlecombe.

In each row’s pair of answers, one letter moved from one clue to the other, the moving letters giving two words, thematically described by 4 down. There were four unclued downs also matching the theme, and then two more to bew found in the grid and highlighted. The moving letters gave MOHS, CHROMATIC and 4D turned out to be SLIDING SCALES, so the theme words were types of scale – Mohs is one of rock-hardness. The unclued downs were RICHTER (earthquakes), BEAUFORT (winds) , DIATONIC (musical) and MUNSELL (colours). The two two be found in the grid were BURNHAM (teachers’ pay in UK state schools) and CELSIUS (temperature).

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Independent 6,973/Phi

Posted by Ali on 20th February 2009

Ali.

A tougher Phi than usual, I thought. A nice easy hidden reversal to start, but I struggled with the rest of the across clues on my first run through. The down clues were a bit easier, so I finally got going. Had to cheat with 3D though!

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Beelzebub 991 (15/02/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on 20th February 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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Guardian 24,628 / Pasquale

Posted by Eileen on 20th February 2009

Eileen.

What a delight to see Pasquale back – fully recovered, I hope. There are several slightly unusual words but they are scrupulously well-clued and there are some lovely surface readings. A highly enjoyable puzzle.

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Independent 6968/Phi (Prize puzzle 14-02-09)

Posted by neildubya on 20th February 2009

neildubya.

An excellent themed puzzle for Valentine’s Day where the keyword – HEART – was unclued and appeared, appropriately, in the middle of the grid. Read the rest of this entry »

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Enigmatic Variations 849 Dawn by Oxymoron

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 20th February 2009

Colin Blackburn.

Minimal blog crammed in between a busy work week and a holiday. That also means I’ll be unable to comment on comments so mistakes and omissions will go uncorrected.

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