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Archive for July, 2009

Guardian 24766 – Araucaria

Posted by manehi on 31st July 2009

manehi.

As often with Araucaria, I’m still a little puzzled but thoroughly entertained. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 7,111 by Phi

Posted by Simon Harris on 31st July 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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Financial Times 13,143 / Bradman

Posted by shuchi on 31st July 2009

shuchi.

Usual great stuff from Bradman. In particular I liked PRONOUNCE, COLORADO, LOTUS-EATER.

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Inquisitor 134 MICKEY MOUSE by Charybdis

Posted by Hihoba on 31st July 2009

Hihoba.

Excellent puzzle from Charybdis – no extra words or letters in the clues, just a nice conceit in his letter from the editor. This was most confusing at first, but the meaning fell out as the grid neared completion. A lot of dictionary work was required for unusual words and meanings.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 872 – Spinneroosms by Salamanca

Posted by Gaufrid on 31st July 2009

Gaufrid.

In the asterisked clues the wordplay for the grid entry gave a Spoonerism of the answer suggested by the definition. The normal clues were for the most part (too) easy, though some (presumably) unintentional added difficulty was provided by incorrect enumeration in three clues.

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Financial Times 13,142 / Sleuth

Posted by Gaufrid on 30th July 2009

Gaufrid.

Smiffy has been sidetracked by some unforeseen commitments so apologies for the lateness of this post.

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Independent 7,110/Bannsider

Posted by Ali on 30th July 2009

Ali.

Given the general tendency for Thursday’s puzzle to be on the tough side, it’s usual practice for me to check online at midnight. Probably just as well really, as we very rarely see Bannsider during the week and I’ve never had the honour before. His are the kind of puzzles which are usually best solved over the course of a week rather than a morning!

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Guardian 24765 / Rover

Posted by mhl on 30th July 2009

mhl.

I made very heavy weather of this, although I’m not sure why, apart from picking the wrong letters as anagram fodder over and over again :)

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Independent on Sunday 1015 by Quixote (26 July 2009)

Posted by nmsindy on 30th July 2009

nmsindy.

Solving time, 40 mins, a lot of which was looking for 5 down.

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Financial Times 13,133 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 30th July 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 20 July 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 13,132 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 30th July 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of July 18
Well I found this Cincinnus considerably harder than usual. How about you? Especially 1A, 20A and 16D. And I especially like 12A and 21D.

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Guardian, 24,764 – Enigmatist

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 29th July 2009

Ciaran McNulty.

I found it quite challenging today, but that may be a reflection on my own circumstances having started a new job! Managed it all in the end, although 22dn and 5ac felt a little unfinished.  I thought 24ac was pretty good once the penny dropped, although 7dn tries a similar trick which fell a bit flatter for me.

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Financial Times 13,141 / Cinephile

Posted by Gaufrid on 29th July 2009

Gaufrid.

After last Wednesday’s romp, this week’s Cinephile, though easy in places, proved to be more of a challenge. One clue (24a) has defeated me completely so far and I have been unable to parse another (5d). I also have question marks against a few more clues (12a,18d & 20d).

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Independent 7109 by Dac

Posted by nmsindy on 29th July 2009

nmsindy.

Usual excellent offering from Dac, solving time, 24 mins. I found SE quarter the toughest.

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Albie Fiore

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 29th July 2009

Colin Blackburn.

John Henderson posted the following notice elsewhere yesterday. I thought bloggers and readers here would like to know.

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