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Archive for September 10th, 2009

Financial Times 13,178 / Phssthpok

Posted by Gaufrid on 10th September 2009

Gaufrid.

Apologies for the tardiness of this post. It would seem that Smiffy’s holiday has gone on longer than he originally intended, or something else has prevented him from posting a blog, so here is one I prepared earlier.

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Independent 7146 by Scorpion

Posted by nmsindy on 10th September 2009

nmsindy.

I found this extremely tough, to say the least, setter made tremendous effort to use meanings of words that gave consistent surface readings. Solving time, 73 mins.

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Guardian 24,801 / Rover – a pair of Queens

Posted by Andrew on 10th September 2009

Andrew.

I’ve been a bit unkind about Rover in the past, and I was hoping to be proved wrong in this one, but unfortunately there are a few rather weak definitions and a bad case of “double duty” (11ac). On the other hand most of the clues are perfectly fine, so perhaps I’m being unfair – what do others think?

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Independent on Sunday 1021 by Quixote (6 Sep 2009)

Posted by nmsindy on 10th September 2009

nmsindy.

A bit harder than some by Quixote, solving time 35 mins.

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Financial Times 13,169 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 10th September 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 31 August 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 13,168 by Cinephile

Posted by Pete Maclean on 10th September 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of August 29
I have been a big fan of Cinephile for many, many years — although all these years amount to only a minority of those for which he has been compiling. Recently I have commented occasionally that he can get a little sloppy. But, as this puzzle proves, he can still come up with a real corker once in a while. I found it fairly challenging and impressive. I especially like 1A, 17A, 30A, 11D and 18D.

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