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Archive for October, 2009

Financial Times 13,219 / Cinephile

Posted by Gaufrid on 28th October 2009

Gaufrid.

A very enjoyable puzzle from Cinephile today, made easier by the horse racing theme which was fairly simple to determine from the first reference in 9a but as I was doing the clues in reverse order it was 23d that gave the game (or rather sport) away.

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Financial Times 13,218 / Jason

Posted by Gaufrid on 27th October 2009

Gaufrid.

I’ve mixed views about this one. For example I liked the anagram indicators ‘snarled’ in 12a and ‘reprise’ in 20d but was unhappy with 22a and 23d as indicated below. I was also a little concerned about the wordplay in 2d and 6d in that, whilst accurate, it was somewhat convoluted.

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Independent 7186/Merlin

Posted by John on 27th October 2009

John.

How clever. All the across answers except 16ac consist of something repeated, as indicated by 16ac (DOUBLE-DEALING). Quite an achievement to fit them all in, so one can be lenient about the obscurity of 9ac and possibly 27ac. And Merlin has with only one or two exceptions managed to use pretty normal words for the down answers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24841 – Enigmatist

Posted by Uncle Yap on 27th October 2009

Uncle Yap.

dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

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Independent 7185 by Glow-worm

Posted by NealH on 26th October 2009

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Guardian 24,840 – Rufus

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 26th October 2009

Ciaran McNulty.

Perhaps aided by a bit more sleep than normal, I found this fairly quick-going but with a few unsatisfying clues.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 402 – A Slow Buck

Posted by beermagnet on 26th October 2009

beermagnet.

One of those where most went in easily but I had to put myself to bed before a couple in the top left corner, so they had to wait till the next morning.
I wouldn’t be surprised if I’ve misunderstood the wordplay on some.
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Everyman 3290

Posted by Arthur on 25th October 2009

Arthur.

Another one that took a little while to get going but then got much easier. Not my favourite ever, but probably pretty fair throughout. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 1951/Sway beer!

Posted by ilancaron on 25th October 2009

ilancaron.

Not as many impenetrable wordplays (note to self: must improve wordplay decoding). I’m sure once this is posted, someone will put us quickly out of our misery and reveal all. I will say that I spent an inordinate amount of time looking for the competition clue — not realizing this was a plain Azed.
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Beelzebub 1,026 (18/10/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on 24th October 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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Indy Prize Puzzles

Posted by Gaufrid on 24th October 2009

Gaufrid.

I have been informed that, due to the postal strike, the closing date for most Indy prize puzzles is going to be extended by a week as from this weekend.

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Guardian 24,833 (Sat 17 Oct)/Paul – ‘Brass’ banned

Posted by rightback on 24th October 2009

rightback.

Solving time: 11½ mins, one mistake (15dn: ‘sagebrass’ for SAGEBRUSH)

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Enigmatic Variations No. 884 – Two Questions by Charybdis

Posted by Gaufrid on 24th October 2009

Gaufrid.

The subsidiary indication in each clue leads to an extra letter. These letters indicate the source of two questions (the second of which WAS rhetorical) and reveal a recent and unresolved problem (from which two of the unclued grid entries may be deduced).

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Independent 7178 (Sat 17 October) – Nestor

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 24th October 2009

petebiddlecombe.

By the time you read this I’ll be on holiday, so I won’t be able to respond to any questions myself. I finished this in 8:36 so found it fairly easy for a Saturday prize puzzle, but there’s lots of entertainment, and a weekend theme, with the overnight bag, dirty weekend and Sunday best. Knowing that Nestor very often has a puzzle somewhere in the Times championships, I was solving as fast as I could as an early bit of practice for next year, so wrote in seven answers without full wordplay understanding – 1, 9, 10, 22, 24, 2, 7.

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Independent 7183 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on 23rd October 2009

nmsindy.

Quite tricky for a Phi puzzle, enjoyable as always, solving time, 30 mins

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