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Archive for November, 2009

Independent on Sunday 1032 by Quixote – 22 Nov 2009

Posted by nmsindy on 26th November 2009

nmsindy.

Enjoyable puzzle as always, solving time, 25 mins

* = anagram

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Financial Times 13,235 – Cincinnus

Posted by Uncle Yap on 26th November 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 16 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 13,234 by Cinephile

Posted by Pete Maclean on 26th November 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of November 14
I can’t say I found this an easy puzzle but I did get it completed fairly quickly. Only clue clue, 13A, strikes me as notable and I can pick minor holes in a few others.

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Independent 7211 by Dac

Posted by nmsindy on 25th November 2009

nmsindy.

Solving time,  18 mins.     Excellent, as ever, from Dac.

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Financial Times 13,243 / Cinephile

Posted by Gaufrid on 25th November 2009

Gaufrid.

A themed puzzle revolving around Washington and Berlin. Tricky in places, partly due to the significant number of cryptic definitions. I am not completely sure that I have interpreted 22d correctly so any alternative suggestions would be welcome.

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Guardian 24866 / Pasquale

Posted by mhl on 25th November 2009

mhl.

I found this rather hard work, but with lots of excellent clues – 25 across in particular.

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Independent 7,210 by Tyrus

Posted by Simon Harris on 24th November 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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Financial Times 13,242 / Jason

Posted by Agentzero on 24th November 2009

Agentzero.

Unfortunately the grid that appeared with this puzzle was incorrect.  There are two blacked-out squares that should not have been blacked out: the square between what is given in the grid as 13 across and 14 across, and the square between what is given in the grid as 23 across and 24 across.  If these are unblacked and the lights renumbered accordingly, everything makes sense, but I suspect many solvers will have given up and gone on to something else before getting this far.

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Guardian 24865 – Gordius

Posted by Uncle Yap on 24th November 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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Guardian 24,864 – Rufus

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 23rd November 2009

Ciaran McNulty.

A decent Monday puzzle with a couple of weakish cryptic definitions.  I guess it’s hard to come up with ‘easy’ CDs!

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Independent 7203 by Glow-worm

Posted by NealH on 23rd November 2009

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Private Eye/Cyclops 404 – Error: Not found

Posted by beermagnet on 23rd November 2009

beermagnet.

That is, surface reading not found.

After doing a lot of crosswords I tend to read clues for their cryptic meaning without noticing, or should I say savouring, the surface reading. An example of this is 13A here:
Bum, almost round isn’t wobbling – flaming criminal (8)
I did not notice the excellent surface meaning till re-reading it for this blog. That’s one of the reasons I like blogging. When solving this I ignored the punctuation and read “Bum almost” (giving ARS[e] – what else could it be in this crossword) and registered “flaming criminal” as the def. so ARSONIST leapt out, the wordplay easily put to bed, but at the time I hadn’t noticed the little vignette, and social comment(?), that Cyclops had painted.

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Azed 1955

Posted by Andrew on 22nd November 2009

Andrew.

An Azed of mixed difficulty, I found. I sailed through about three quarters of it with trouble at all, including most of the five long answers, but made much heavier weather of the last few clues.

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Everyman 3294

Posted by Arthur on 22nd November 2009

Arthur.

Hopefully nothing too hard here. For some reason I wanted 15ac to be ALTAR for a while (A large being AL and in front of church being the definition) but after drawing various blanks on where TAR could have come from I moved on and saw the error of my ways! Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 7202 by Bannsider

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 21st November 2009

petebiddlecombe.

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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