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Financial Times 13,049 – Mudd

Posted by Uncle Yap on 23rd April 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 13 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 13,048 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 23rd April 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of 11 April
Cincinnus gives us another very fine puzzle. Every clue is technically perfect (as usual) and a good few are impressive.

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Independent 7,025/Dac

Posted by Ali on 22nd April 2009

Ali.

A not-too-tricky-but-not-in-any-way-less-enjoyable-than-usual offering today. Nice stuff.

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Financial Times 13,057 / Dogberry

Posted by Gaufrid on 22nd April 2009

Gaufrid.

A pleasurable solve today despite the limited interconnection between the four corners of the grid. Hard in places and a few uncommon words, for which I have given the Chambers’ definitions below.

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Guardian 24,680 – Orlando

Posted by Uncle Yap on 22nd 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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Guardian 24,679 / Araucaria

Posted by Eileen on 21st April 2009

Eileen.

Apologies for the delay: I’m a late substitute, so apologies, too,  for any typos, etc.I thought this was a delight, though I’m quite prepared for some to say it was more appropriate for a Saturday  – with a number of interlocking clues based on Tony Benn and some lovely surfaces.

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Independent 7024 by Virgilius

Posted by nmsindy on 21st April 2009

nmsindy.

Another themed classic from Virgilius.    Every across answer is thematic. So are almost all the clues, which as usual are superb.   Some unusual words were forced in by the thematic requirements and Virgilius gave very straightforward clues to these.    Solving time, 19 mins – it does not have to be super-hard to be good.

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Financial Times 13,056 / Armonie

Posted by Agentzero on 21st April 2009

Agentzero.

Another smooth, cleanly-clued puzzle from Armonie.  I am a big fan of concise clues, and the brevity of these clues is impressive; I make it an average of exactly five words. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 7023 by Monk

Posted by NealH on 20th April 2009

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def
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Guardian 24,678 (Rufus)

Posted by diagacht on 20th April 2009

diagacht.

A very large number of double definitions and &Lits. It’s Monday; it’s Rufus. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 1924: A morass of Morays

Posted by jetdoc on 19th April 2009

jetdoc.

A pretty easy Azed for Easter. I didn’t time myself, but I reckon I got through this as quickly as I have ever completed an Azed.

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Everyman Crossword No. 3263 (Apr 12)

Posted by C G Rishikesh on 18th April 2009

C G Rishikesh.

Across

1 STAND – double def – set up/a partnership (as in cricket)

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Everyman Blogs

Posted by Admin on 18th April 2009

Admin.

As from this week, the Everyman will be blogged again. A blog will be published each Sunday covering the previous weekend’s puzzle. The first post will appear tomorrow (19/4/2009).

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Beelzebub 999 (12/04/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on 18th April 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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Guardian 24,671 (Sat 11 Apr)/Araucaria – Pork Fest

Posted by rightback on 18th April 2009

rightback.

Solving time: 32:30 (1dn and 9dn wrong)

This Bank Holiday special from Araucaria had a special feature in the across clues: the wordplay indicated the answer using a subsidiary word which ended in -ARY, and those letters were removed to get the definition and grid entry. For example, TUBING might have been clued as BINARY inside TUG. Whether there was any deeper significance behind the choice of the -ARY ending I’m not sure, but this was an impressive construction with lots of inventiveness in the across wordplays. I’m not sure the preamble was worded quite correctly, but there were enough kind down clues to enable a start to be made.

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