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Archive for April, 2009

Financial Times 13,064 / Adamant

Posted by smiffy on 30th April 2009

smiffy.

I couldn’t spot anything here that required more than a cursory explanation, but please leave a message after the tone if you disagree…..beep….

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Independent 7032 by Nimrod

Posted by nmsindy on 30th April 2009

nmsindy.

Hard as Nimrod usually is, solving time, 58 mins. Very hard to break into, but seeing 1 down was a breakthrough helping with the LHS of the grid.

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Guardian 24687 / Araucaria

Posted by mhl on 30th April 2009

mhl.

A typically difficult puzzle from Araucaria, but with some very pleasing clues.

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Independent on Sunday 1002 by Quixote (26 Apr 2009)

Posted by nmsindy on 30th April 2009

nmsindy.

Great minds are still puzzling as to how Quixote has crossword 1002 in the 1000th issue of the paper which contained many articles and reminiscences to mark that occasion. The puzzle itself was very easy , I found, solving time 12 mins.

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Financial Times 13,055 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 30th April 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 20 April 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 13,054 by Cinephile

Posted by Pete Maclean on 30th April 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of April 18
A nice, moderately difficult puzzle from Cinephile with a memorable clue in 3D. I was stumped on 10A for a while as I was unfamiliar with the term “pack drill”.

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Guardian 24686 / Auster

Posted by mhl on 29th April 2009

mhl.

I really enjoyed this one; quite easy on the whole and only a few quibbles.

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Independent 7031/Phi

Posted by John on 29th April 2009

John.

What’s Phi doing on a Wednesday? There must be something devious lined up for Mayday on Friday, and no doubt we’ll be seeing Dac on Saturday. Or perhaps he just needs a holiday, for he certainly deserves one. In any case his sub today has maintained the usual Wednesday high standard with a good crossword that I found fairly easy, but which every now and then I perhaps didn’t fully appreciate. Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 13,063 / Cinephile

Posted by Gaufrid on 29th April 2009

Gaufrid.

Another grid that is effectively four separate crosswords, loosely linked. I found the NE and SE quadrants reasonably straightforward but took a little longer over the other two. With hindsight, most of the answers are obvious but they didn’t seem that way when I was trying to solve some of the clues.

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Financial Times 13,062 / Neo

Posted by Agentzero on 28th April 2009

Agentzero.

Another good puzzle from Neo. Some good cryptic definitions in this one. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 7,030/Radian

Posted by Ali on 28th April 2009

Ali.

Radian’s certainly developed a fairly unique and often fairly tricky style in his short time as an Indy setter, but I’m a fan. There’s some nice stuff here. There’s a kinda theme too I think, with the word AND (or a variation on A N and D appearing in an awful lot in the answers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24,685 – Chifonie

Posted by Uncle Yap on 28th April 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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Independent 7029 by Punk

Posted by NealH on 27th April 2009

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def
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Guardian 24,684/Arachne

Posted by Andrew on 27th April 2009

Andrew.

A non-Rufus Monday with a puzzle from Arachne that I found quite hard going, with some very involved wordplay. There are a couple of clues that I still don’t understand, but I’m sure commenters will soon point out how obvious they are..

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Private Eye/Cyclops 389 – Mock election

Posted by beermagnet on 27th April 2009

beermagnet.

One of those where I couldn’t get the last couple for days.   22D was the bugbear.  The eureka moment when I finally thought of RAG for “mock” was nice, but I’m glad I didn’t have to blog this as a daily because there’s no way I could’ve got this without coming back to it fresh.   I suspect that’s where I differ from the fast or competitive solvers – sometimes when I get  stuck on a clue and can’t see it what it’s saying from the right perspective, I need a big long break in order to look at it anew without going down the same train of thought yet again.

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