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Archive for October, 2009

Beelzebub 1,027 (25/10/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on 31st October 2009

Simon Harris.

Apologies for the later than usual blog. I only found out yesterday that I was expected to work today. So anyway, here's Beelzebub 1,027, which I found to be a fair bit more challenging than recent puzzles.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 885 — Book, Film & TV by Salamanca

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 31st October 2009

Colin Blackburn.

I printed this puzzle off on the day of its publication but set it aside due to work pressures. I intended to take it on holiday with me to Netherlands and Belgium. An overnight ferry from Newcastle to IJmuiden would give plenty of opportunity to tackle this and other puzzles. In the event I forgot to take this puzzle or any puzzle. It was a very dull journey!

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Guardian 24,839 (Sat 24 Oct)/Boatman – Close thing

Posted by rightback on 31st October 2009


Solving time: 20 mins plus another couple of days mulling over 13dn and 25ac.

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Independent 7,189 by Phi

Posted by Simon Harris on 30th October 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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Financial Times 13,221 / Orense

Posted by shuchi on 30th October 2009


A mixed bag. Some easy clues, some not. Some fine clues, a few I have quibbles with or questions about.

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Guardian 24,844 / Araucaria

Posted by Andrew on 30th October 2009


I guessed the planetary theme almost immediately, knowing that “planet” means “wanderer”, from the fact that the planets move in the sky relative to the so-called “fixed stars”. It’s not a complete set: Uranus and Neptune are missing, but the slightly dubious Earth and Pluto are there instead.
dd = double definition
* = anagram
< = reverse

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Indy 7184 by Tyrus (Sat 24 Oct)

Posted by beermagnet on 30th October 2009


We haven’t seen Tyrus for a while. When we have it has been tough, as this one proved to be.
I was pleased to get a good handful on the first pass over about 10 minutes including the prawn-based mini-theme, but the rate of answer entry dropped dramatically over the rest of the evening. Thankfully clocks going back an hour gave me extra time on the Sunday morn to think up some guesses to write in for those pesky last few.
On Sunday I was not sure of the answer for 27A and couldn’t see the wordplay for that and several others, which was a bit embarrassing.  So I asked around and happily several friends came to my rescue.  Thanks again to all them.  Of course I may have other wordplay wrong.
If there’s a Nina in there that would’ve helped I haven’t seen it.

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Inquisitor 147 – Bear Puzzle – by Raich

Posted by kenmac on 30th October 2009


Inquisitor 147 What a bad start, I thought.

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Guardian 24,843 – Chifonie

Posted by manehi on 29th October 2009

10 SPRY SPY i.e. “mole” around R[esistance]
11 APOTHEOSIS (Sophie ‘as to)*
12 PRESTO PO around REST – a spider is one of the rests used in snooker.
13 TORTUOUS TORTU[r]OUS, with the r[ight] taken away
14 TRADESMAN (smart dean)*
16 RIDER double def
17 EARTH double def
19 SEASONING IN i.e. “cool” inside SEA SONG. Really liked this.
23 PARAQUAT [wiki] PART around AQUA
24 MASCOT M[onday] + ASCOT
27 DRIP DIP=pickpocket around R for king/queen
29 DRAUGHT referring to draughtsmen, I assume.
2 EMPEROR E[nglish] + MP + ER[r]OR
3 ABYSS hidden in “BarnABY’S Strength”
4 CHAMOIS [wiki] CO=officer + IS, all around HAM
8 EPICURE EPIC + “banker” i.e. river URE
18 ADAMANT ADAM + A + NT i.e. the National Trust
20 SEMINAR (remains)*
21 NEOLITH (in hotel)*
22 TURRET (utter)* around R for king
25 SADHU [wiki] SAD + HU[ngarian]

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Financial Times 13,220/ Mudd

Posted by smiffy on 29th October 2009


This one was something of a ripper (see 19D) in terms of trickiness for me.  Probably one of my slowest solves this year.  I found the NE-corner particularly tough to gain a toe-hold in, but was kicking myself about most of those on completion.

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Independent 7188 by Anax

Posted by nmsindy on 29th October 2009


Anax has fairly recently joined the Indy team and also, I believe, sets for the Times and set one of the three puzzles used in the recent Times Crossword Championship won by Mark Goodliffe, known to solvers as Mr Magoo.     His puzzles are among the hardest in the Indy, this took me 55 mins.   Some really excellent clues, and, pretty much all fully understood with very intricate wordplay in places all stacking up in the end

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Financial Times 13,211 – Mudd

Posted by Uncle Yap on 29th October 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 19 October 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 13,210 by Cinephile

Posted by Pete Maclean on 29th October 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 17
My favourite of these clues is 9A. Then there are a few that I do not completely understand (3D, 4D, 15D) and one, 4D, that I have a misgiving about.

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Guardian 24842 / Gordius

Posted by mhl on 28th October 2009


Apologies for the late post – I’m afraid I woke up late in an inconvenient time zone, don’t have access to a printer, found my online Chambers subscription had run out (and it won’t let me renew it), the Java applet crashed, it’s raining, etc. etc.

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Independent 7187 by Dac

Posted by nmsindy on 28th October 2009


Excellent puzzle as ever from Dac – I found it on the easy side, 17 mins

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