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Guardian 24,843 – Chifonie

Posted by manehi on 29th October 2009

manehi.
Across
1 PENANCE PENCE around AN
5 LAMPREY LAM+PREY
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
26 MATTERHORN MATTER + HORN
27 DRIP DIP=pickpocket around R for king/queen
28 ITERATE [L]ITERATE
29 DRAUGHT referring to draughtsmen, I assume.
Down
2 EMPEROR E[nglish] + MP + ER[r]OR
3 ABYSS hidden in “BarnABY’S Strength”
4 CHAMOIS [wiki] CO=officer + IS, all around HAM
6 ADHERE AD + HERE
7 PROFUSION PRO + FUSION
8 EPICURE EPIC + “banker” i.e. river URE
9 CONTRAVENTION rev(ART) in CONVENTION
15 DETRACTOR DE “of French” + TRACTOR
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

smiffy.

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

nmsindy.

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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