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Archive for March 13th, 2009

FT 13,024/Adamant

Posted by smiffy on 13th March 2009


Please excuse the drive-by blog, which I’ll aim to flesh out in a couple of hours.  (I can sympathise with the clue at 8D today.)  Not  much to explain, although I suspect that some of the loose wordplay structures might peeve some.

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Independent 6991/Phi

Posted by John on 13th March 2009


I found this unusually difficult — the two-word clues were a problem and one or two short answers are even now not totally clear. But apart from one or two quibbles, a typically pleasant crossword from Phi
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Beelzebub 994 (08/03/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on 13th March 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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Guardian 24646 / Auster

Posted by mhl on 13th March 2009


Quite a few nice clues in this fairly easy puzzle from Auster. (I’m a bit disappointed there’s are no Australian words or phrases this time, though. :))

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Independent 6986/Scorpion (Prize puzzle 07-03-09)

Posted by neildubya on 13th March 2009


Scorpion has a reputation as one of the tougher Indie setters but I found this pretty easy. Good fun to solve too, which is the most important thing after all. Just two queries – 3d and 17d. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 114 – Monkey Runs by Dysart

Posted by duncanshiell on 13th March 2009


We were told that the initial letters of extra words in twenty-two (of forty-seven) clues would spell out the source of a quotation explaining what happens to seven answers. These initial letters would also give us the author of the quote. We were told further that all but one of the twenty-two words came from the source, except one, a musically relevant proper noun.

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Enigmatic Variations 852 — Growth by Rustic

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 13th March 2009

Colin Blackburn.

I might be being unduly unfair but I was dissatisfied with this puzzle overall. On the plus side the idea was neat and simple and many of the clues were good and relatively easy. But enumerations were wrong in a couple of places, at least according to Chambers which was recommended for the theme words and so I would have though was the reference for the clue answers. One entry was a not a word and a couple of other clues were just unsatisfactory.

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