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Archive for May 21st, 2009

Independent 7,050/Scorpion

Posted by Ali on 21st May 2009

Ali.

A nice, tough offering from Scorpion with some very neat surface readings. There seem to be a lot of clues using abbreviations of one kind or another, some of which were a bit unfamiliar, but all perfectly fair. All told, a very satisfying solve.

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FT 13,082/Viking

Posted by smiffy on 21st May 2009

smiffy.

An overabundance of reversal devices today but, overall, a satisfying puzzle.  I’m far from confident that I’ve plumped for the right guess at 13A though (assuming that’s it’s some kind of cryptic/punning definition?)

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Guardian 24,705/Pasquale

Posted by Andrew on 21st May 2009

Andrew.

Seeing Pasquale’s name is a guarantee of soundly-constructed and witty clues, and this was no exception. Although there were a few slight obscurities it yielded eventually, with the NW corner being the most toublesome.

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Independent on Sunday 1005 by Quixote (17 May 2009)

Posted by nmsindy on 21st May 2009

nmsindy.

I found this a bit tougher than usual from Quixote, solving time 28 mins.

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Independent 7046 (Sat 16 May) Eimi – Pride’s progress

Posted by beermagnet on 21st May 2009

beermagnet.

Lots of interesting history and other information discovered when I researched the answers that I had to check afterwards.  I don’t normally note solving times, but I happened to notice the owl on the non-cuckoo clock hooting the hour as I sat down to start this puzzle, and after 1 Across and a few subsequent clues fell quickly and easily I thought I’d make a note. So I can report this took me exactly 30 mins, which is about 30 times quicker than last week’s Tyrus.  So thanks to Eimi for the relief of a relatively easy offering for my first Indy Prize blog – I hope to thank him personally tonight at the Edgar Wallace and see a lot of you folks there too.

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Financial Times13,073 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on 21st May 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 11 May 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 13,072 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 21st May 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of May 9
Is Cincinnus making his puzzles more difficult (ESPARTO, CALLUNA, EARNEST meaning pledge)? Or is it just a one-time thing? Or just me? Anyway, more difficult or not it was as enjoyable as ever and very solvable although there must be something I do not understand in 24A.

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