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Archive for October 17th, 2009

Beelzebub 1,025 (11/10/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on 17th October 2009

Simon Harris.

This is still one of my perhaps two favourite crosswords, the other being Inquisitor, also in the Independent the day before. Beelzebub seems to hit the perfect balance between challenging and eminently solvable, with the clueing never being less than flawless.

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Enigmatic Variations 883: Knocker by MynoT

Posted by Dave Hennings on 17th October 2009

Dave Hennings.

I didn’t know whether to expect a tricky puzzle from MynoT, or an easy one. He seems to be a setter who can produce varying levels of difficulty but, this being EV, I’ll assume for the time being it’s on the easy side … so I can relax a bit.

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Guardian 24,827 (Sat 10 Oct)/Araucaria – Arial survey

Posted by rightback on 17th October 2009


Solving time: 19 mins

I found this the hardest prize puzzle for some time (the recent Jumbo excepted) & really struggled to get started. The inclusion of three foreign language classical arias was one reason – I was familiar with just one of them – but I thought the clues in general were tough, especially in the top half.

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