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Guardian 24652 – Araucaria

Posted by manehi on 20th March 2009

manehi.

Really struggled with this at first, but almost got there in the end – couldn’t get 7dn without cheating. Not sure I have time now to do all of the clues justice, but I liked a lot of them.

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Financial Times 13,030 / Alberich

Posted by Gaufrid on 20th March 2009

Gaufrid.

What can I say!? For me an almost perfect crossword with excellent surfaces for virtually all the clues, a pleasing degree of variety and a good balance between ‘starter’ clues and the more difficult ones. There are too many good clues for me to list them all here but I will mention 6a which, though it was easy to solve, reads so smoothly and 3d for the use of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. Though it took a little longer than usual, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience solving this puzzle.

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Beelzebub 995 (15/03/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on 20th March 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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Independent 6,997 by Phi

Posted by Simon Harris on 20th March 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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Independent 6992/Nimrod (Prize puzzle 16-03-09)

Posted by neildubya on 20th March 2009

neildubya.
Across
7/25/4 NINE TILL FIVE – “when on duty” is the def, and “Norma Bolton” is a reference to the clue numbers of those answers – 9d and 5d respectively.
8 (I FOUND CLUE)* – FLUID OUNCE
11 THREE TIMES THREE – “Crowds” for THREE and THREE is a nice touch (“three’s a crowd”) but I’m not keen on the surface reading.
12 S(HINDI)G
13 S(ANT)AFE – SANTA FE
14 HELEN WILLS MOODY – Helen of Troy had, according to Christopher Marlowe, a “face that launched a thousand ships”.
17 MUD BATH – I did wonder for a while whether ICE might have been a band in the 70s.
20 CHARGED – must be a double def I guess.
22 MILLY-MOLLY-MANDY – can’t fathom this one out at all: “Children’s favourite with silly lolly – handy 3000 for old heads”. “Silly lolly” probably indicates anagram fodder but that’s as far as I can get.
24 D(ASK,A,PIT)AL – DAS KAPITAL.
 
Down
1 S,[-r]ETINU[-e] (going up) – UNITES.
2 (LET IN AIR)* – INERTIAL
3 FLYING FISH – “Fly Fishing” is the fictional book by the fictional J R Hartley in the much-parodied Yellow Pages ads from the 1980s. For readers too young to know what I’m on about or those not in possession of an idiot-box: Youtube is your friend.
5 BOLT-ON
6 (EM CEE TRY)* – CEMETERY
9 hidden in “paraNORMAl”
10 LEAD-ON
13 SAL,T,CELLAR – is SAL an abbreviation for “salmon”.
14 H(MEMO<)ADE[-s] – HOMEMADE. Nicely disguised split between def and wordplay in “Hell’s Kitchen produced this”
15 (AS IM MA)* – MIASMA
16 ORGAN,DIE – I wondered how “long” could be DIE but then the phrase “to die for” came to mind – perhaps that what it’s referring to?
18 D,ALES – “d ales” could be 500 ales.
19 ANYWAY – “all roads lead to Rome”.
21 (LADY DO)* – DAY-OLD. “Thrilled” seems to be stretching things as an anagram indicator.
23 O,BIT – an angler’s bad day might be one where “nothing bit”.

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Enigmatic Variations 853: Deepest Affections by Kruger

Posted by Dave Hennings on 20th March 2009

Dave Hennings.

Clues were given in alphabetical order and had to be entered where they would fit in the grid. When arranged in convetional order the initial letters would give instructions, and you then had to show complete understanding of the theme and express DEEPEST AFFECTIONS in three words to be entered below the grid. I immediately felt a bit apprehensive about this last step, and I was almost proved right to feel so.

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