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Archive for November 12th, 2009

Financial Times 13,232 / Flimsy

Posted by Gaufrid on 12th November 2009

Gaufrid.

Apologies for yet another late Thursday blog. I found this something of a Punk 19a (mixed bag), a couple of good &lits (particularly 20d), some decent surfaces (eg 23a & 25a) but also some definitions and parts of wordplay that I thought were a bit of a stretch (as indicated below).

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Guardian 24,855 – Araucaria

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 12th November 2009

Ciaran McNulty.

I’ve had a run of Araucaria recently, and was hit by a pang of fear when I saw how many clues referred to 11ac today.  However, once that clue fell I relaxed as it became apparent the rest would be straightforward herb definitions.

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Independent 7,200 by Punk

Posted by Simon Harris on 12th November 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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Independent on Sunday 1030 by Quixote – 8 November 2009

Posted by nmsindy on 12th November 2009

nmsindy.

Solving time, 18 mins.

* = anagram   < = reversed

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Financial Times 13,223 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 12th November 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 2 November 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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Financial Times 13,222 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 12th November 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 31
The copy I downloaded from the FT’s Web site claims this is a Cincinnus puzzle. Did the print version say that too? (Most weeks I secure a paper copy of the Weekend FT but occasionally, as in this case, it eludes me.) This is never a Cincinnus — unless its Cincinnus doing a Cinephile imitation! Really, it has to be a Cinephile, surely!

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