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Archive for April 15th, 2009

Sloggers and Betters 5

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 15th April 2009


At long last, our 5th social gathering for the writers and fans of this blog and the puzzles behind it. Well actually “these blogs” – it’s equally open to folk from fifteensquared, Big Dave’s Telegraph blog, Tony Sever’s RTC3 and anyone else interested.

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Guardian 24,674 – Araucaria

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 15th April 2009

Ciaran McNulty.

It’s fun to tackle Araucaria on a wednesday, he’s a bit less vicious but still as inventive as ever. I particularly enjoyed the pair of tricky anagrams in 5ac/7dn, the triply-defined 11ac, and 1dn just because I’m a fan of the books.

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Financial Times 13,051 / Cinephile

Posted by Gaufrid on 15th April 2009


A themed Cinephile for our entertainment today in which we were told that BP had the same meaning throughout. Once the theme had been determined (in my case from solving 7,8) the remaining clues became a lot easier than they appeared on the first read through. The theme was confirmed by 2d. A most enjoyable start to the day.
1 AMBUSH  AM BUSH (he’s ex-president)
4 INTIFADA  AD (publicity) A FIT (an appropriate) NI (Ulster) reversed
9 KIDNEY  KID (child) NEY (soldier) – Michel Ney, Marshal of France
10 SCOTLAND  COT (little house) in SLAND[er] (a lot of bad-mouthing)
12 APPARENT  A (first) PP (two pages) AREN’T (seem not to be)
13 PRIMAL  RIM (edge) in PAL (friend)
15,20 DARTMOOR  ROOM (accommodation) TRAD (traditional) reversed
16 BEWITCHING  WIT (intelligence) CHIN (BP) in BEG (ask)
23 CLOUDY  C (cold) LOUD (noisy) [part]Y
25 FREE HAND  FREE (without charge) HAND (BP)
27 HUGUENOT  U (university) in HUGE (large) NOT
28 LIVERY  dd
30 CHEEKS  dd

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Independent 7,019 by Dac

Posted by Simon Harris on 15th April 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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