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Archive for June, 2009

Independent 7084 by Virgilius

Posted by nmsindy on 30th June 2009

nmsindy.

An incredible puzzle – absolutely brilliant.   In line with 14 across EVERY across solution  had the name of a tree within the word as an internal part.   The clues are, as always from Virgilius a real joy.    Solving time, 12 mins.   In across clues, trees shown in bold.     Many thanks, Virgilius!

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Financial Times 13,116 / Courtier

Posted by Gaufrid on 30th June 2009

Gaufrid.

I don’t recognise the setter’s pseudonym so it is either a new contributor or a rebranding of an existing one for the purpose of this tennis related puzzle.

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Guardian 24,739 – Araucaria

Posted by Uncle Yap on 30th June 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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Independent 7083 by Hypnos

Posted by NealH on 29th June 2009

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def
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Guardian 24,738 / Rover

Posted by Eileen on 29th June 2009

Eileen.

A surprise not to have Rufus this morning but I remember that, a while ago, Andrew came up with the lovely description of Rover as ‘Rufus-lite’. Some very easy anagrams and several cryptic definitions, some more so than others. I’m completely flummoxed by 14ac and I’ve run out of time but I’m sure someone will soon enlighten me.

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Azed 1934 – Right and Left

Posted by Andrew on 28th June 2009

Andrew.

The luck of the draw is giving me all the Azed specials to blog these days. Right and Left is another one that comes up fairly regularly: I think the format was devised by Azed’s predecessor Ximenes (there’s an example by X on Derek Harrison’s site. As always there’s one answer that links the two halves of the grid. It’s notable how seamlessly the two-clues-in-one are joined together, with no superfluous words and often apparently in the middle of a phrase: to illustrate this I’ve indicated below where the splits lie. There seems to be a high proportion of unusual words in the puzzle – maybe this is an unavoidable consquence of the restricted space in the two halves of the grid. I’ve shown the answers in the order they appear in the grid: I hope it’s clear from the explanations which half of the clue each relates to.

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Everyman No. 3273 (June 21st).

Posted by The Trafites on 28th June 2009

The Trafites.

Our first blog (as the The Trafites), and we look forward to doing this.

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Beelzebub 1,009 (21/06/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on 27th June 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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Guardian 24,731 (Sat 20 Jun)/Paul – Sweet sixteen

Posted by rightback on 27th June 2009

rightback.

Solving time: 13:44

This seemed about average difficulty for Paul, though I think I made heavy weather of it. As always there are some extremely inventive clues, and the lack of hyperlinks in the blog suggests that there were few obscurities.

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Independent 7081/Phi

Posted by John on 26th June 2009

John.

Before I solved 11ac it was hard to cope with all those clues that referred to it, but fairly soon that was all right, and there were no terribly obscure 11s. Although most of this nice crossword was easy enough, 1dn seems odd, I had never heard of the answer to 21dn, and 26dn still defeats me (although I’ll have looked it up by the time I’ve written the blog. _A_E is I suspect the skeleton of this type with most possibilities). Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 13,113 / Falcon

Posted by shuchi on 26th June 2009

shuchi.

Fairly easy, pleasant puzzle today. I was briefly held up in the NE corner, I thought COLOGNE and BETEL were cleverly clued and it didn’t help to not know the two Lancs towns (which I got in the end, through guessing + Google).

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Independent 7,076 by Nestor (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 20/06/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on 26th June 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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Guardian 24736 / Pasquale

Posted by mhl on 26th June 2009

mhl.

As ever, a very enjoyable puzzle from Pasquale. There were quite a few here where I had to guess that a word existed and then look it up (CERE, MANA, PICKABACK), but the wordplay in each case was quite clear with a few crossing letters.

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EV867 — The Three Rs by Obtrox

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 26th June 2009

Colin Blackburn.

Oddly, my previous blog, and my final blog for the Inquisitor series, IQ 128, was an Obtrox puzzle. More oddly, it used exactly the same device: two extra letters from the wordplay in each clue of one set making up a quotation, the other set being normal. The only difference was that the two sets were the opposite way around.

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Inquisitor 129 TWENTY20 CRICKET by Loda

Posted by Hihoba on 26th June 2009

Hihoba.

Wow! Tremendous stuff from Loda! A puzzle with 20  across and 20 down clues where all the answers were 6 letter words corresponding to the balls in an over, using vowels as scoring shots and W’s as wickets. Quite amazing.

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