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Archive for June 5th, 2009

Independent 7063 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on 5th June 2009


Phi’s usual well-constructed puzzle which all stacks up. Ranged for me from very easy in places to quite tricky. Solving time, 19 mins.

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Financial Times 13,095 / Viking

Posted by shuchi on 5th June 2009


An entertaining puzzle from Viking.

The theme (six answers form a group relating to a recent bicentenary) eluded me till the end, thanks to Gaufrid for help with this. The bicentenary is the death of Joseph Haydn (31 May 1809). The group of words is SURPRISE, MIRACLE, MILITARY, CLOCK, DRUMROLL and LONDON – these are all titles of works which form part of Haydn’s ‘London’ symphonies.

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Independent 7,058 by Nimrod (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 30/05/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on 5th June 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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Guardian 24,718 / Orlando

Posted by Eileen on 5th June 2009



An enjoyable puzzle from Orlando, who’s always good value, I think. There are some very cleverly constructed clues and several to raise a smile.

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Inquisitor 126 – Fatal Attraction by Ikela

Posted by duncanshiell on 5th June 2009


The preamble to this puzzle was fairly complicated and needed reading a two or three times before I got it clear in my mind as there was reference to clued entries, unclued entries, words in the theme, other words, words (clued or otherwise) preceding words (clued or otherwise), other relevant words that were not in the grid at all and unclued words forming thematic pairs.

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EV 864 Undercover Agents by Kruger

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 5th June 2009

Colin Blackburn.

Sometimes it goes like this: I solve lots of clues. There are a few clashes but on the whole answers fit together. I get enough extra letters to work out the entire quotation and author. But I really can’t see what’s going on. I think that this is the one that’s going to end up with a partial blog. Undercover Agents was like this for me. It didn’t help that the two thematic answers I got first had the right number of letters for the grid and that the third, HOGSHEAD, I accidentally pluralised thus making it fit too. Of course at this stage I didn’t know they were thematic and saw no link between them despite WAIST-HIGH having two body parts in there!

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