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Archive for October 30th, 2009

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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