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Archive for November, 2009

Guardian 24,870 / Auster

Posted by Gaufrid on 30th November 2009

Gaufrid.

We seem to have another case of AWOL so here is a quick analysis of the clues. I will leave it up to others to provide a commentary.

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Independent 7215 by Radian

Posted by NealH on 30th November 2009

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Everyman 3295 (November 22nd)

Posted by The Trafites on 29th November 2009

The Trafites.

Lorraine: This week it took me a while to get started!. Having 9 anagrams certainly helped me though, I love anagrams because you know without doubt that you have got the correct solution.

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Azed 1956

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 29th November 2009

petebiddlecombe.

Solving time: 35 minutes without Chambers, but with one mistake

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Guardian 24,863 (Sat 21 Nov)/Araucaria – Gray area

Posted by rightback on 28th November 2009

rightback.

Solving time: About 20-25 mins, one mistake (24ac).

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Enigmatic Variations 889: Indistinguishable by Hugo

Posted by Dave Hennings on 28th November 2009

Dave Hennings.

As far as I can see, Hugo is a new setter, so good luck to him with this puzzle. As far as I’m concerned, he’s off to a good start with lots of things to find: a man, two things he described as ‘indistinguishable’, a title, and a revolutionary concept.

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Guardian 24,868 / Quantum

Posted by Andrew on 27th November 2009

Andrew.

Yet another posthumous Quantum puzzle. Unfortunately I have to say I wasn’t very impressed with it: there are a couple of rather weak cryptic definitions, and other niggles noted below. Apart from that it was reasonably sound, but there was nothing that struck me as particularly exciting. Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 13,245 / Viking

Posted by shuchi on 27th November 2009

shuchi.

A very good puzzle, a shade easier than Viking’s usual.

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Independent 7208 by Scorpion (Sat 21-Nov 2009)

Posted by beermagnet on 27th November 2009

beermagnet.

I found this very hard, as we come to expect from Scorpion.
After I had about 10 answers I came to a complete halt, totally stuck. Restarting the next day I made a significant breakthrough with a few long answers (e.g. 12A, 13D and 18A) that allowed the rest to gradually follow.

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Independent 7213/Phi

Posted by John on 27th November 2009

John.

As usual a pleasing efficient crossword from Phi. Not much to say really — it all fits together very well. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 151 – Drop by Schadenfreude

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 27th November 2009

petebiddlecombe.

Solving time: very roughly 6 hours, with LOTS of cheating

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Beelzebub 1,030 (15/11/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on 27th November 2009

Simon Harris.

A perhaps over-ambitious attempt on my part, to finish this without any kind of research materials. I filled the grid in reasonable time, but it seems I invented a couple of words in the process! SENHORA was particularly elusive, as neither SEN nor HORA was familiar. I had one other careless misspelling, but otherwise a pretty good showing, I think, and a great puzzle as always.

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Independent 7,212/Tees

Posted by Ali on 26th November 2009

Ali.

Took me a while to break the back of this one even though I got the long clue at 1/21/4 early doors. There are some good deceptive clues in here and I’ve learnt some new words (always good), though one or two might need explaining!

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Guardian 24,867 / Chifonie

Posted by Eileen on 26th November 2009

Eileen.

This is perhaps [in some ways] a puzzle for those who dislike cryptic definitions – not one in sight, but lots of simple charades, including a couple of rather hackneyed ones and some definitions I’m not very keen on. [I think I’ve said before that I don’t understand why Chifonie is rated on this site as ‘hard’.] I shall be going out shortly, until mid-afternoon, when I will respond to any comments / corrections / complaints.

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Financial Times 13,244/Falcon

Posted by smiffy on 26th November 2009

smiffy.

I found this something of a Jekyll and Hyde puzzle.  Plenty of easy, familiar fare but interspered with a smattering of much trickier obscurities. I benefited from a couple of pieces of lucky guesswork at 8D and 20D.

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