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Archive for September, 2009

Guardian 24,809 (Sat 19 Sep)/Paul – Snide remark

Posted by rightback on 26th September 2009

rightback.

Solving time: 7 mins

This was my fastest solve of a Saturday puzzle for a while, so must have been easier than usual, even for a non-Araucaria week. Only 20dn (REMARK) caused any real trouble.

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Independent 7159/Phi

Posted by John on 25th September 2009

John.

This seemed unusually difficult for Phi and one clue completely defeated me. There are a few I’m not sure about, which will I’m sure be rapidly explained here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 13,191 / Flimsy

Posted by shuchi on 25th September 2009

shuchi.

A nice mix of easy and tough clues in this entertaining puzzle.

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Guardian 24,814 / Enigmatist

Posted by Eileen on 25th September 2009

Eileen.

I found this quite tough going,  both solving and parsing, and was pleased to have finished without recourse to the ‘cheat’  button – but irritated to have been completely beaten by the explanation of one clue. There were several penny-dropping moments along the way.

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Inquisitor 142 – Run Out by Loda

Posted by kenmac on 25th September 2009

kenmac.

Inquisitor 142

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Financial Times 13,190/Cinephile

Posted by smiffy on 24th September 2009

smiffy.

This was probably my most rapid completion of a Cinephile puzzle in donkey’s years.  Unfortunately, I ended up guessing incorrectly at 4D so I can’t claim a correct solution!  Plenty of double definition clues in the mix today.

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Independent 7,158/Nestor

Posted by Ali on 24th September 2009

Ali.

A nice, tough puzzle from Nestor with some lovely clues. I have to admit I struggled with the NW and SW corners though and there are a few I don’t understand even after resorting to help!

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Guardian 24813 / Brummie

Posted by mhl on 24th September 2009

mhl.

We enjoyed this and just missed out 8 down, so it’s probably a good difficulty level for a daily puzzle. I particularly liked the surface readings of 9a, 10a, 3d and 12a. Update: thanks to Bryan for pointing out the theme, which I stupidly missed: WEST SIDE STORY is in the answers, along with the gangs (the JETS the SHARKS) and several songs (TONIGHT, MARIA, AMERICA, SOMEWHERE)

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Independent on Sunday 1023 by Quixote (20 Sep 2009)

Posted by nmsindy on 24th September 2009

nmsindy.

Solving time, 22 mins

* = anagram < = reversed

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Financial Times 13,181 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 24th September 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 14 September 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 13,180 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 24th September 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of September 12
For the first time in a while I am faced with two clues that I cannot fully solve, 12A and 20D. I figure I have guessed the answers correctly but cannot see how the wordplay works.

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Independent 7,157 by Dac

Posted by Simon Harris on 23rd September 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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Guardian 24,812 – Araucaria

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 23rd September 2009

Ciaran McNulty.

An interesting Araucaria today, the clues not being particularly fiendish in their construction but requiring a fairly wide vocabulary (or perhaps today just happened to hit the weak spots in my knowledge).

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Financial Times 13,189 / Gozo

Posted by Gaufrid on 23rd September 2009

Gaufrid.

Nothing particularly difficult in today’s themed offering from Gozo. A few of the birds may not be familiar to some but they were easy enough to get from the wordplay.

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Financial Times 13,188 / Jason

Posted by Agentzero on 22nd September 2009

Agentzero.

This enjoyable puzzle was a mix of straighforward clues and some tricky ones. It took me a while to unravel the wordplay for some of them, learning a few new words in the process. Read the rest of this entry »

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