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Archive for August, 2009

Guardian 24,792 – Rufus

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 31st August 2009

Ciaran McNulty.

A well constructed puzzle but sadly not enough meat to keep one occupied for the whole bank holiday – good job I’d not yet tackled the Observer.

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Independent 7137 by Anax

Posted by NealH on 31st August 2009


*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def
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Private Eye/Cyclops 398 – Blown away

Posted by beermagnet on 31st August 2009


Trouble with overconfidently putting in a couple of answers this time caused hold-ups but nothing that couldn’t be sorted out in the same solving session. Read the rest of this entry »

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Everyman 3282

Posted by Arthur on 30th August 2009


It felt like a lot of anagrams and first or last letters this week, but maybe that was just the order in which I approached the clues. The few place name answers were not hard to work out from the wordplay, but also not that well-known (at least to me) so some post-crossword googling was required to check. Actually as a general rule, while the answers weren’t always obvious from the definition, the wordplay was usually pretty easy so it shouldn’t have been particularly troubling. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 1943

Posted by John on 30th August 2009


I am always full of admiration for Azed’s grids. Here he has what seems to me to be a great achievement, four twelve-letter words, two next to each other going down the centre of the puzzle and two going across. As always, some of the words in the puzzle are very rare, but everything is clued soundly and fairly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beelzebub 1,018 (23/08/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on 29th August 2009

Simon Harris.

Excellent crossword as always. I never time these, but I did notice that I managed more of this without Chambers than I usually would. That probably has more to do with the tight clueing than with my own solving skills! There’s just the one I can’t explain, at 16ac, though I’m sure that’s the right answer.

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Guardian 24,785 – Paul

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 29th August 2009

Ciaran McNulty.

A very entertaining theme for this prize crossword, and nicely hidden in the relevant surface(s).

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EV 876 What You’ve Got To Do by Syd Lexis

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 29th August 2009

Colin Blackburn.

With the preamble stating that there were 5 normal clues and 5 lines breaking up two misspelt words in the quotation there was clearly a connection. I found the clues easy enough (except for one) but the quotation proved less than straightforward until I had CENT-TCHU-A when the light dawned. It turns out the song title really is, AC-CENT-TCHU-ATE THE POSITIVE, ELIM-MY-NATE THE NEGATIVE. The five normal clues corresponded to the hyphens in the song title. The only slight problem was confirming the title via Google. I found plenty of references to the first word spelt and hyphenated that way but some had the second misspelt word spelt correctly and some had it misspelt correctly but not hyphenated. I’m sure the printed sheet music is authoritative though.

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Guardian 24,790 – Logodaedalus

Posted by manehi on 28th August 2009


Solving and blogging in a rush today – thankfully, I found it fairly easy with the exception of 24ac which I’m unsure on. Liked 4dn.

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Financial Times 13,167 / Cincinnus

Posted by shuchi on 28th August 2009


On the easy side today, though I did have to look up UZI and BERG. All the long clues were specially good.

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Independent 7135/Phi

Posted by John on 28th August 2009


I wasn’t sure how easy this was since I chose to solve it online after midnight, being busy late on Friday morning and not wanting to get up safely early, but there are as usual several very nice clues. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 138 – LANDED by Loda

Posted by HolyGhost on 28th August 2009


Back from walking in the Pyrenees – let’s hope this puzzle isn’t as controversial as #133!
Three (unspecified) answers are to be modified before entry, and answers to the eight italicised clues each have a thematic element removed. Corrected misprints in the definitions of half the remaining clues spell out a useful phrase. We have to highlight what was landed (24 cells).
The grid was 12 rows by 11 columns; also the length indications for two clues didn’t match the grid entries (20d and 32d) – though these seem to be simply minor typos.

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Independent 7,134/Tees

Posted by Ali on 27th August 2009


Nice stuff from Tees. Some excellent clues here, though there are one ot two I can’t quite piece together, so any pointers appreciated.

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Financial Times 13,166 / Sleuth

Posted by Gaufrid on 27th August 2009


A pangrammatic puzzle today with a good mixture of clue types.

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Guardian 24,789 / Paul

Posted by Andrew on 27th August 2009


After yesterday’s struggles with Enigmatist, I found this one mostly quite easy, except that 7dn stumped me for ages, and caused some problems with its crossing words too. Some tricky wordplay here, and a fine Paul-ism in 1ac. Read the rest of this entry »

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