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Archive for May 29th, 2009

Independent 7057/Phi

Posted by John on 29th May 2009


I made a rather slow start on this typically pleasant Phi crossword, but when I saw that it was all As in the top unches and Zs at the bottom things became easier. Quite an achievement by Phi to fit all those Zs in, but was he doing more than this? I can’t see anything in the side unches, although it looks as if there was initially an attempt to have Ys on the right. Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 13,089 / Sleuth

Posted by shuchi on 29th May 2009


A generous helping of long anagrams and letter picking clues in this puzzle. There is also a ‘dense’ mini-theme going on (7D, 8D, 9D).

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Guardian 24,712 / Araucaria

Posted by mhl on 29th May 2009


Mostly very doable, but with a few tough ones and a couple I don’t quite understand. The excellent charade in 21a, 1d, 2d is particularly noteworthy :)

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Independent Prize Crossword 7051 by Monk (23 May 2009)

Posted by duncanshiell on 29th May 2009


A tricky challenge from Monk that took me a little while to solve.  The clues were fair and the surfaces were excellent, but some of the answers or definitions were fairly obscure – e.g. NURR, FLABBY, FABIAN, FESS, CLEAVE and NEAR THE BONE.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 863 – To Its Great Credit by Shark

Posted by Gaufrid on 29th May 2009


This one took me far longer than it should have done! Having fairly confidently put in ‘garnet’ for 36a (though not too happy about cage=net), I had the grid complete, including nine clashes, with the exception of 11d which looked as if it had to be ‘girl’, but I could not see how this could be obtained from the clue. Much head-scratching, followed by a decision to have a break from the puzzle.

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Inquisitor 125 UNCLUED by Schadenfreude

Posted by Hihoba on 29th May 2009


An Araucaria-style alphabetical jigsaw with a serious twist! No clue numbers, but the normal clues were presented in alphabetical order of their solutions and answers were to be fitted in where they would go.

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