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FT 13,035/Bradman

Posted by smiffy on 26th March 2009

smiffy.

A well-balanced smattering of general knowledge categories (and at the Trivial Pursuit, rather than Mastermind, level). A couple of Oxbridge college names cropped up early on while solving, which lured me briefly into a wild goose chase for a non-existent theme.

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Independent 7,002/Nestor

Posted by Ali on 26th March 2009

Ali.

I found this pretty tough going, though Thursdays are generally the hardest weekday. I made a flying start with some of the across clues, but then slowed up, mainly because I thought that 25A was SNAILED and therefore talked myself out of 7D being an anagram! Nevertheless, some very nice clues here and I enjoyed the challenge.

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Guardian 24,657 – Paul

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 26th March 2009

Ciaran McNulty.

Quite easy for a thursday I thought, but I was left with a couple of quibbles and uncertainties. These were balanced by the highly enjoyable 9ac, 11ac and 25ac.

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Independent on Sunday 997 by Quixote (22 Mar 2009)

Posted by nmsindy on 26th March 2009

nmsindy.

Some excellent misdirection in the definition parts in this puzzle. Solving time, 22 mins.

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Financial Times 13,026 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on 26th March 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 16 March 2009
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 13,025 / Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 26th March 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of March 14
Cincinnus gives us some particularly splendid double definitions this week (20D, 24D) and a generally excellent puzzle as usual.

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Financial Times 13,034 / Cinephile

Posted by Gaufrid on 25th March 2009

Gaufrid.

A belligerent puzzle from Cinephile today or, perhaps, not so much a puzzle as a lesson in military history. This post is a little later than usual because I have been trying, unsuccessfully, to resolve 31a and 7d. The puzzle itself was somewhat of a ‘battle’ in places, particularly the more obscure thematic entries, but overall quite enjoyable.

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Independent 7001/Dac

Posted by John on 25th March 2009

John.

Everything typically elegant and natural today.

Across
1 FEAT HERB RAINED — One of the signs of a good charade clue is that the long word is split into components that are not themselves suggested by the word. At first I wasn’t sure about ‘on’ and it looked like one of those rather cumbersome link-words that is there only for the wordplay, but in fact I think it’s just ‘rained’ = ‘poured water on’ — just
8 DR OP I N
9 ARMY ANTS — (many rats)*
10 FA(L LSO)FF
11 IN CANS
12 REP ENT{r}ANCE — this film‘s English title
14 B ASH
16 laST YEar
17 CO(L LATER)AL
19 FA(THE)R
21 CHARTIST — refers to Da Vinci’s Mappamundi
23 WIND DOWN — 2 defs
24 A STRID{e}
25 THE WEAKEST LINK — (he{c}k Kate Winslet)*, ‘being’ a noun
 
Down
1 FIRM A (MEN) T
2 APPAL — “a Paul”
3 HANG-OUT — 2 defs I think — seems a bit loose and perhaps I’m missing something
4 ROAD-FUND LICENCE — (red could finance)*
5 R O MAINE
6 IRASCIBLE — (Blair sic {on}e)*
7 ELTON — L in (note)rev, ref Ben Elton and Elton John
13 EYE SHADOW — “I” S(HAD)OW
15 SLAPSTICK — (pals)rev stick
17 CORDOBA — (cab door)*
18 ADAM ANT
20 chAP IS Handling
22 T{a}U{n}T{s} TI{me}

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Guardian 24656 / Brendan

Posted by mhl on 25th March 2009

mhl.

A fun puzzle from Brendan with a theme of name changes. I’m afraid I’m not likely to be able to update this post with any corrections until much later today.

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Independent 7,000 by Virgilius

Posted by Simon Harris on 24th March 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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Guardian 24,655 – Araucaria

Posted by Uncle Yap on 24th March 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 13,033 / Neo

Posted by Agentzero on 24th March 2009

Agentzero.

Although these clues were not difficult, a number of them had admirably smooth surfaces.   Dumas and Shakespeare turn up a few different times, but probably not enough to count as a theme. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 1921 – Tips for Eightsome Reels

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 23rd March 2009

petebiddlecombe.

This is one of the easiest of the regular Azed specials for me – even though this explanation may sound complicated.

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Independent 6999 by Glow-worm

Posted by NealH on 23rd March 2009

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def
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Guardian 24,654 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on 23rd March 2009

Eileen.

Another gentle start to the week from Rufus, with, typically, perhaps more cryptic [some rather more so than others!] and double definitions than some would like but some clever anagrams and nice surfaces.

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