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Archive for October 3rd, 2009

Beelzebub 1,023 (27/09/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on 3rd October 2009

Simon Harris.

I managed almost all of this without opening a dictionary, but a handful of clues put up a fight to the end. Perhaps it was just the constant feline harassment I was having to endure by that point.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 881 – Stomach by Kea

Posted by Gaufrid on 3rd October 2009


Completing this puzzle was not helped by the enumeration being incorrect in 13a and 19a and, unless I have got something seriously wrong, by the preamble referring to “a famous artist or performer” when two of the solutions (19a & 32a) were novelists and a third (5d) is better known as a composer. The preamble also referred to ‘the initial letter of the deleted parts’ which would indicate the removal of more than one letter from the centre of a word but in two cases (30a & 24d) only a single letter was involved.

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Guardian 24,815 (Sat 26 Sep)/Araucaria – The avians have landed

Posted by rightback on 3rd October 2009


Solving time: 14 mins

The bottom left here took me as long as the rest of the puzzle. There was a birdy theme alluded to by 1ac (ORNITHOLOGIST), with MACAW and SWIFT appearing as answers and nine other answers containing a bird; thematic answers, or part answers, are highlighted below in red.

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