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Archive for November 5th, 2009

Financial Times 13,226 / Styx

Posted by Gaufrid on 5th November 2009


What’s happened to smiffy?!

This setter appears to be a new addition to the FT stable so it is a pity that a few errors crept into the puzzle along the way as indicated below (24a, 1d, 3d, 6d & possibly 23d) unless, of course, I have missed something.

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Independent 7,194/Eimi

Posted by Ali on 5th November 2009


I suspected we might get a Bonfire Night theme today, and this didn’t disappoint. There were plenty of long across answers and anagrams to open up the grid, though I did struggle a bit to finish off some of the downs, and admitted defeat on 20D. Very enjoyable stuff though. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24,849 / Crucible

Posted by Andrew on 5th November 2009


At first I thought Crucible was a new setter, but I see he (?) has appeared a few times, most recently in September this year. Not surprisingly, Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot provide a theme; despite half-expecting this I took a while to get 19dn, from which the linked clues followed easily, and generally this was not at all hard.
dd = double definition
* = anagram
< = reverse

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Financial Times 13,216 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 5th November 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 24
Don’t you love 4D? How about 21 and 24D? Thank you, Cincinnus.

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Independent on Sunday 1028 by Quixote – 25 Oct 2009

Posted by nmsindy on 5th November 2009


This blog is scheduled a week later than normal as the entry date was put back to Wed 4 November because of the postal dispute.     I found this a very easy puzzle, 13 mins

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Financial Times 13,217 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on 5th November 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 26 October 2009
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

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