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Archive for September, 2009

Financial Times 13,195 / Satori

Posted by Gaufrid on 30th September 2009


A generally straightforward puzzle today with accurate cluing in most instances though 11a was a little misleading in that ‘grain’ needed to provide ‘crop’ and ‘store’ ‘silo’ whereas a silo is a grain store.

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Guardian 24818 / Paul

Posted by mhl on 30th September 2009


Excellent stuff from Paul today; we made steady progress through this last night and completed it without having to look anything up, so I think the difficulty’s about right. My particular favourite is MORGAN FREEMAN but there are lots of satisfying clues.

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Independent 7163/Dac

Posted by John on 30th September 2009


Smooth and neat as always from Dac. The naturalness of his clues never ceases to amaze me. Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 13,194 / Neo

Posted by Agentzero on 29th September 2009


The usual collection of clean and interesting clues from Neo. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 7,162/Punk

Posted by Ali on 29th September 2009


Definitely one of the toughest Punks we have had for a while I thought, but wonderfully inventive clueing as we’ve come to expect. 14/18 is up there with my favourites of 2009!

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Guardian 24,817 – Quantum

Posted by Uncle Yap on 29th September 2009

Uncle Yap.

dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

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Guardian 24,816 – Rufus

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 28th September 2009

Ciaran McNulty.

An exemplary Monday puzzle – no odd constructions but still enough to exercise the grey matter on the commute.

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Independent 7161 by Morph

Posted by NealH on 28th September 2009


*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def
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Private Eye/Cyclops 400 – 16 years

Posted by beermagnet on 28th September 2009


Number 400 Eh!
We only get 26 issues of this esteemed organ each year – if we’re lucky – so I reckon that’s 16 years that Cyclops has been working at the sharp end of scurrilous crossword setting. ┬áSo I will wish him well and say “Well done” to the old toe-rag. ┬áHere’s to the next 400.

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Posted by Gaufrid on 27th September 2009


Please do not refer to, or comment on, a prize puzzle until after the closing date for entries.

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Everyman 3286

Posted by Arthur on 27th September 2009


I didn’t really like this one. It’s unfortunate that IOUs was used in a clue to 14 ac and a solution to 2dn. I can’t properly parse 1dn, 16dn is a dreadful clue neither being a proper &lit or having any definition and I’m not sure why ground is “g” in 21dn or golf is “g” in 11ac except the words begin with the letter – surely there must be a common use of it as an abbreviation for it to be allowed. I’d love anyone to enlighten me on these points! “May cause” is a pretty poor anagram indicator in 14ac meaning you really have to rely on counting letters and realising there are 15 of them which is far from satisfying. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 1947 – Spot the Theme

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 27th September 2009


The preamble said that “The twelve unclued answers (a complete set) have something in common”, andwere given their unchecked (and mutually checked) letters.

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Independent 7154 (Sat 19 Sept) – Tyrus

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 26th September 2009


This was as tough for me as the first couple of Tyrus puzzles I tried in the Independent. I don’t have an accurate timing for it but would guess about 45 minutes until I decided to cheat on 5D. The bottom unches spell out SIMONE, but apart from a well-known Simone being called Nina, as indicated by 1D’s clue. The top edge gives Nina NANNAR – the media and arts correspondent for ITV News. I thik that’s all – I could find no well-known Nina Cameron or Nina Susan to go with them from other edge answers = “fringe characters”.

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Beelzebub 1,022 (20/09/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on 26th September 2009

Simon Harris.

I should probably blog these a bit sooner after solving, or at least take notes, since I have scant recollection of actually tackling this one. I do know that I once again managed it armed only with the hard copy of Chambers, and that this method seems to suit me well.

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Enigmatic Variations 880: Revelations by Kcit

Posted by Dave Hennings on 26th September 2009

Dave Hennings.

Luckily for me, a fairly straightforward offering from Kcit this week. I got back from golfing hols on Sunday, and everything has bunched up nicely, including some crosswords that need solving and blogging … oh, and some real work too, which is nice. So no time for a treatise on this occasion.

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