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Everyman 3264

Posted by Arthur on 26th April 2009

Arthur.

As always, a well-clued easy puzzle particularly suited to newcomers to cryptic crosswords. I have reservations with 6dn in that it makes very little/no sense in its surface reading. As far as i can tell it requres you to read “mounts” as a plural noun as in “I bought two mounts yesterday.” and “jumps racetrack” as a compound noun as in “I prefer the jumps racetrack to the flat racetrack”. The wordplay works fine but there’s no point if the clue doesn’t make sense as a sentence.

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Azed 1925: a generous offering

Posted by bridgesong on 26th April 2009

bridgesong.

I found this puzzle even easier than the previous week’s, mainly thanks to the grid. Although there are several words where the initial letter is unchecked, the overall checking is so generous that it would be churlish to complain. There are two four letter words at 16 and 31 across which are fully checked, and seven letter words at 12 and 35 across with only one unchecked letter. I suspect that there is little in the wording of this week’s clues to cause controversy (unlike some recent puzzles) but we shall see. Solving time : about two hours
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Beelzebub 1,000 (19/04/2009)

Posted by Simon Harris on 25th April 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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Guardian 24,677 (Sat 18 Apr)/Paul – Marathon battle

Posted by rightback on 25th April 2009

rightback.

Solving time: 6 minutes for most of the puzzle and the same again on 19dn.

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Independent 7,027 by Phi

Posted by Simon Harris on 24th April 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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Financial Times 13,059 / Mudd

Posted by shuchi on 24th April 2009

shuchi.

Pleasing puzzle from Mudd as usual.

Some nifty definitions (especially liked 2D, 21D) and more than one define-by-example style of clue (23A, 3D, 8D). I have two small questions about the wordplay (1A, 5D). (Updates to 1A, 5D, 6D based on comments below. Thanks!)

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Guardian 24,682/Paul – On the run

Posted by Andrew on 24th April 2009

Andrew.

A very enjoyable and typically witty puzzle from Paul, based around his participation in the London Marathon this weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 7022/Scorpion (Prize puzzle 18-04-09)

Posted by neildubya on 24th April 2009

neildubya.

Tough but fair, as always with this setter. The NW corner gave me lots of problems but I got there in the end with just one answer I’m not completely sure about at 4d. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 120 — 1 Across by Schadenfreude

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 24th April 2009

Colin Blackburn.

Despite some initial misgivings this turned out to be a straightforward puzzle from Schadenfreude. Quite a few answers seemed to fit and a couple were too short but their first and last letters always fitted. Luckily I managed to get several of the first few down answers and worked out the theme word. It was then just a matter of finding the birds and the remaining theme words.

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Enigmatic Variations 858 — Twenty-two by MynoT

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 24th April 2009

Colin Blackburn.

Lots of jumbles make me nervous. What’s more all the down answers, and there are lots of them, are jumbled. And…there are only six across clues, the remaining entries make up 21 thematic terms…to be guessed! However, this puzzle comes with the all new SOLVING STRATEGIES and that tells me to crack two or three across entries and nine down entries.

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Financial Times 13,058/Viking

Posted by smiffy on 23rd April 2009

smiffy.

A few clues in here where the wordplay or structure seem to be a bit too forced, in order to make the idea work (e.g. 19A, 2D).  However, the impressive device at 3D is a first-of-a-kind sighting for me; is it unprecedented?

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Guardian 24,681 – Shed

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 23rd April 2009

Ciaran McNulty.

Medium difficulty today, I’d say.  No obvious theme aside from maybe 11ac and 1dn! I like Shed normally, and this was no exception – the unknown words all seem to somehow be etymologically possible, if that makes sense.

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Independent 7,026 by Ascalon

Posted by Simon Harris on 23rd April 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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Independent on Sunday 1001 by Quixote (19 Apr 2009)

Posted by nmsindy on 23rd April 2009

nmsindy.

The standard excellent Quixote puzzle as it heads into the second thousand.   Solving time, 25 mins.     SW corner by far the hardest for me.

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New Administrator

Posted by Gaufrid on 23rd April 2009

Gaufrid.

As of this week there is a new administrator at Fifteensquared, myself Gaufrid. Chatmeister will cease to exist, instead any relevant  comments will be posted under my pseudonym. My aim is to make this site successful and I hope you will help me in this endeavour by complying with the Discussion Policy, that is to say by avoiding significantly off-topic comments in posts related to a specific puzzle, whilst retaining the friendly nature of the site.

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