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Financial Times 13,112/Flimsy

Posted by smiffy on 25th June 2009

smiffy.

This felt like a tougher than average puzzle from Flimsy, although that impression may be influenced by the longest/quadrant-linking entries being particularly slow to come to me.  Commiserations to the setter on having the idea at 15D undermined by a spot of printer’s devilry.

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Independent 7080 by Nimrod

Posted by nmsindy on 25th June 2009

nmsindy.

Unusual puzzle. Got almost nothing on first run through. Then with three crossing letters saw what 8 was likely to be. After that made quite good progress, until getting badly stuck on 9. Finally cracked it tho, solving time, 38 mins, of which about 15 mins was looking for that last one.

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Guardian 24,735 – Paul

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 25th June 2009

Ciaran McNulty.

A really enjoyable grid today, with a couple of royal references.  There are some very clever clues in here, with distinctively misleading surfaces –  I nearly stood up to applaud 20dn, it was so clever.

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Independent on Sunday 1010 by Quixote (21 June 2009)

Posted by nmsindy on 25th June 2009

nmsindy.

Solving time, 22 mins

* = anagram

1 PAWN BROKE R & lit My last answer and my favourite clue

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Financial Times 13,103 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on 25th June 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 15 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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Financial Times 13,102 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 25th June 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of June 13
I found this Mudd a bit of a challenge, especially the top-right corner. I particularly like 16A and 14D.

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Independent 7,079 by Dac

Posted by Simon Harris on 24th June 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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Financial Times 13,111 / Cinephile

Posted by Gaufrid on 24th June 2009

Gaufrid.

Being Wimbledon fortnight I suppose we might have had strawberries sometime but instead we got a single straw[berry] plus a lot of other berries. Pity there was no cream to go with them!

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Guardian 24,734 / Enigmatist

Posted by Andrew on 24th June 2009

Andrew.

I got off to a good start with this one by getting 1/8ac straight away, but struggled later on. There are quite a few clues that I can’t fully explain: as I’ve run out of time I’ll leave it to the assembled wisdom of the commenters to help me out.

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Independent 7,078/Tees

Posted by Ali on 23rd June 2009

Ali.

I struggled with yesterday’s puzzle, so was glad that this was easier to get into and finish. I can’t claim a 100% score though as I plumped for an incorrect guess at 23A. Pah! Nevertheless, this was enjoyable stuff from Tees, with some great anagrams. I liked 6D a lot.

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Guardian 24733 / Gordius

Posted by mhl on 23rd June 2009

mhl.

Another quick post, I’m afraid – I hope there aren’t too many mistakes here. (I had a lot of trouble with this, which is pretty typical of my experience of Gordius’s puzzles.)

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Financial Times 13,110 / Armonie

Posted by Agentzero on 23rd June 2009

Agentzero.

A pleasant, if fairly easy, puzzle today.  Not too much to comment on here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 7077 by Glow-worm

Posted by NealH on 22nd June 2009

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def
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Guardian 24,732 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on 22nd June 2009

Eileen.

 

A particularly gentle, I thought, start to the week from Rufus, with the typical sprinkling of cryptic and double definitions, but more than the usual number of simple charades.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 393 – Public chastity

Posted by beermagnet on 22nd June 2009

beermagnet.
Across
7 ENVELOP ENV[y] (POLE)* AInd: dancing
8 SLIGHT DD
9/16 PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION (DOMINANT POLICE BRUTES – [justic]E)* AInd: As broken up. What an apt long anagram and &Lit clue this was.  Top clue award here:
As broken up by dominant police brutes, justice ultimately lacking (6,13)
10 CHASTITY (TITS)< inside CHAY Ref. yachtsman Chay_Blyth
11 WAR CRIME CD I suppose “unconventional” as it would be against the Geneva Convention. Clue: An unconventional atrocity (3,5)
14 TROPHY ([jerem]Y THORP[e]) AInd: maybe.   Haven’t seen this old liberal in a clue for a while
18 SOCCER Homophone “Socker”, as in someone who “socks” as in hits, smacks
20 RACKED UP [c]RACKED UP
21 PENTAGON PEN (Prison) TAG (child’s play) (NO)* AInd: aggravation. I’m counting that as a anagram as “aggravation” surely is an anagrind rather than a reversal indicator
24 POPLAR POP[u]LAR
26 AGEIST Hidden in: frottAGE IS Terribly
27 GENERAL (ENLARGE)* AInd: bust
Down
1 GET-UP-AND-GO GET UP (Don’t sit on your arse) AND GO (and quit)
2 EVIL (LIVE)< Live=On
3 ELECTION ERECTION change R to L
This ELECTION/ERECTION L/R swap seemed very familiar but I had to look a long way back to find a similar clue Eye 352 Nov 2007
4 EPIC PI (Goody-goody) inside EC (City area)
5 RIOT POLICE I (one) inside ROT (balls), PO (humourless) LICE (lousy things)
6 SHIT S[econd] HIT (success)
8 SCANT SCAN (read) T[elegraph]
12 COMIC STRIP COMICS (stand-ups) TRIP (experience drugs) Ref the Yobs cartoon that appears below the crossword though this has become Yobettes of late. Small voice: I think the joke’s worn a bit thin in that strip now
13 ENTER Hidden in dysENTERy
17 AL CAPONE CAP (crown) inside ALONE (one single)
19/15 RIGHT HONOURABLE RIGHT (a certain political persuasion) HONOURABLE (not involved in sleaze, etc)
22 EDGY ED (Balls) G[a]Y Ref. “Secretary of State for Children, schools and families” though as I’m writing this blog a week before it is published this may be out of date.
23 NIGH [k]NIGH[t]
25 PORN Homophone “pawn” (piece)

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