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Archive for November 21st, 2009

Independent 7202 by Bannsider

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 21st November 2009


Solving time: about 23 minutes

I found this a challenging puzzle despite getting the long answer on first look. I hope most other solvers got it without too much trouble – if not, I can imagine a pretty slow solve. This puzzle is full of inventive wordplay, sometimes pushing the boundaries a bit to get there. As the result is that the clues are fresh and entertaing, that’s fine with me.

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Guardian 24,857 (Sat 14 Nov)/Taupi – Cracker, Moley

Posted by rightback on 21st November 2009


Solving time: 9 mins

Taupi (Albie Fiore) sadly died earlier this year; this was his final Guardian puzzle. There are many glowing tributes elsewhere on this site and on the web, including a Guardian obituary by John Henderson (Enigmatist). Having not known the man I will just say that I enjoyed his puzzles as much as any Guardian setter and will miss them. This was a fine example with 19ac my favourite.

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Enigmatic Variations 888: Title by Hypnos

Posted by Dave Hennings on 21st November 2009

Dave Hennings.

In this puzzle you were required to deduce the title of a work by a figure (why that word was used I know not; it sounded a bit cryptic, but turned out not to be). Three answers without definition neeeded to be jumbled to give this figure, and the extra letters in the wordplay defined two words which in turn suggested a definition of the work!

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