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Archive for June 18th, 2009

Independent 7070 – Mordred (Sat 13 June 2009)

Posted by beermagnet on 18th June 2009


This was a Cocker-knee rhyming slang special.
I ‘ad t’scratch me old loaf a bit to solve this one.
There were a good sprinkling of relatively easy clues for a saturday to get going, but you had to know a fair bit of Cockney Rhyming Slang (CRS) and understand various London-centric references to get to the end.
Those of you with only passing acquaintance with East End lingo, like say Dick Van Dyke, might have struggled.

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Financial Times 13,106 / Sleuth

Posted by smiffy on 18th June 2009


A late solve, and an even later posting. But better late than never, as was the case last Thursday. After the first couple of across clues, I suspected that we were on for some kind of double pangram trickery, but apparently not…

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Independent 7,074 by Scorpion

Posted by Simon Harris on 18th June 2009

Simon Harris.

I found this one a pretty stiff challenge, but that may simply be because when I see that the setter is Scorpion I tend to panic a little. The wordplay is complex, but very well-worked and everything comes together nicely. NERD was probably my favourite.

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Guardian 24,729 / Quantum

Posted by Andrew on 18th June 2009


Quantum’s posthumous puzzles continue to appear, more than a year after his death. I found this one mostly pretty easy going, though I was slightly held up at the end with the two cryptic definitions at 11ac and 12dn. Some nice clues, but nothing to get very excited about, and a few niggles.

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Financial Times 13,096 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 18th June 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of June 6
A mighty strong puzzle from Cincinnus this time. I am awed by 26A and also like 5A and 13A. It took me some time to complete the right-bottom corner while the rest flowed fairly easily.

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Independent on Sunday 1009 by Quixote (14 June 2009)

Posted by nmsindy on 18th June 2009


Solving time, 17 mins

* = anagram < = reversed

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Financial Times 13,097 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 18th June 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 8 June 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

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