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Financial Times 13,079 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 28th May 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 18 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 13,078 by Cinephile (channeling George Eliot)

Posted by Pete Maclean on 28th May 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of 17 May
Cinephile gives us one of his typical themed puzzles, this one touching on the works of George Eliot.

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Independent 7,055 by Dac

Posted by Simon Harris on 27th May 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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Guardian 24,710/Paul

Posted by Andrew on 27th May 2009

Andrew.

A great one from Paul with a theme of drinks, mostly but not all alcoholic. Nothing too difficult in retrospect, but some of the double definitions took a while to work out until I had enough crossing letters to guess them. Cheers! Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 13,087 / Cinephile

Posted by Gaufrid on 27th May 2009

Gaufrid.

It is not often that I would describe a Cinephile puzzle as pedestrian but I’m afraid this one did nothing for me, possibly because the surface of some of the clues made little, if any, sense. There was a minor literary theme and one light (24d) was used as part of the answer to two clues which is something I don’t remember seeing before. There is one clue (6d) that I don’t fully understand.

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Financial Times 13,086 / Crux

Posted by Agentzero on 26th May 2009

Agentzero.

There were plenty of clues to like in this puzzle.  A nice job by Crux. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 7,054/Radian

Posted by Ali on 26th May 2009

Ali.

Thankfully not too tricky for the first day back after a long weekend, but a very enjoyable puzzle with an impressive number of “Q”s

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Guardian 24,709 / Gordius

Posted by Eileen on 26th May 2009

Eileen.

I’m really getting to like Gordius! In the past, I have found him rather lacking in [my sort of] humour but I thought there were some really witty clues here and I enjoyed it a lot.  There’s something of a drinking theme going on.

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Independent 7053 by Tees

Posted by NealH on 25th May 2009

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def
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Guardian 24,708 (Rufus)

Posted by diagacht on 25th May 2009

diagacht.

It’s Monday and Rufus starts the week off with a fairly straightforward puzzle, although there are one or two tricky lights. Read the rest of this entry »

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Private Eye/Cyclops 391 – In the catacombs

Posted by beermagnet on 25th May 2009

beermagnet.

A particularly enjoyable offering in this issue. Not terribly hard, but with some cracking clues with the kind of surface readings we hope to see, for a laugh. Read the rest of this entry »

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Everyman 3268 – Arts & Literature Special?

Posted by Arthur on 24th May 2009

Arthur.

A bit easier than the past few weeks, including lots of anagrams, but I hope your knowledge of the arts & literature is up to scratch with 2 plays (12ac, 5dn), a film (1dn), a greek goddess (7dn), a writer (1 ac) and an artist (22 dn) all answers, and a reference to another writer in another clue (16dn) as well as mentions of Pinter and Coward as red herrings in other clues.

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Azed 1929/Sunday 17th May

Posted by John on 24th May 2009

John.

A regular Azed plain, which means of course that there are some very nice clues, as well as one or two that I’m not quite sure about. I’m away this Whitsun weekend, so won’t be able to comment on anyone’s comments until late Monday at the earliest. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beelzebub 1,004 (17/05/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on 23rd May 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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Guardian 24,701 (Sat 16 May)/Paul – Futilitarian

Posted by rightback on 23rd May 2009

rightback.

Solving time: 11:50

A fairly gentle offering from Paul, I thought – only 2dn (FUTILITY) and 9ac (BORING) really held me up in this. My favourite clues were probably 2dn (OMIGOD) and 7/20dn (JACK-IN-THE-BOX).

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