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Archive for April 16th, 2009

Financial Times 13,052/Aardvark

Posted by smiffy on 16th April 2009

smiffy.

I found a few of the clues in this either flirted with verbosity and/or led to quite clunky wordplay. By way of redemption, we do have a couple of laudable clues (e.g. 12 & 14A) and the coincidental appearance of Clanger and Ivor (which allowed me to wax briefly nostalgic about Oliver Postgate).

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Independent 7020 by Merlin

Posted by nmsindy on 16th April 2009

nmsindy.

A puzzle in the quirky and individual Merlin style.   Some gems.   I found it ranged from very easy indeed to extremely difficult, with the SW corner taking me much longer than the rest of the puzzle put together.   Solving time, 27 mins.    Very satisfying to finish and appreciate the clues.

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Guardian 24,675/Brendan – Make a note of this

Posted by Andrew on 16th April 2009

Andrew.

A typically clever Brendan puzzle where every clue contains (in fact ends with – thanks Colin) the word “note”, used in various senses. With almost no obscure words or references (I’d vaguely heard of “brevet”, but couldn’t remember what it meant) and sound clueing throughout it was fairly easy to solve, though none the less enjoyable for that.

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Independent on Sunday by Quixote (12 Apr 2009)

Posted by nmsindy on 16th April 2009

nmsindy.

Solving time, 19 mins.

* = anagram < = reversed

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Financial Times 13,044 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 16th April 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 6 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 13,043 by Cinephile (meaty but puzzling)

Posted by Pete Maclean on 16th April 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of April 3
Usually I find Cinephile’s strongly themed puzzles to be fairly easy; this one was more challenging for me than most. Took me a while to finish the top-right corner.

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