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Archive for December, 2009

Financial Times 13,272 / Alberich

Posted by Gaufrid on 31st December 2009

Gaufrid.

It’s me again, sorry! Apologies for the late appearance of this analysis but the scheduled blogger resides on the other side of the pond and I wanted to give him time to get up.

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Independent – Review of 2009

Posted by nmsindy on 31st December 2009

nmsindy.

There were 364 puzzles (every day except Christmas Day) in the Indy (including IoS) in 2009.      23 setters appeared.    The policy of using themes, Ninas, continued, maybe even intensified.

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Independent 7241 by Nimrod

Posted by nmsindy on 31st December 2009

nmsindy.

A clever New Year’s Eve puzzle by Nimrod.    Nmsindy solved the clues in 39 mins, then spent another 30 mins trying to puzzle out the unclued ones before surrendering and going to the website – all became clear.

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Guardian 24,895 – Paul

Posted by Andrew on 31st December 2009

Andrew.

A fine end to the Guardian Crossword year with this tricky, clever and amusing puzzle from Paul. The “sums” in the first four across clues are particularly ingenious, but there’s lots more to enjoy. Happy New Year to Paul and all our readers.

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Independent on Sunday 1037 by Quixote – 27 Dec 2009

Posted by nmsindy on 31st December 2009

nmsindy.

I found this a mixture of extremely easy clues and some quite tricky ones, solving time, 22 mins.    A seasonal touch when 1 down and 11 down are looked at together.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 893 – A Chore by Mynot

Posted by Gaufrid on 31st December 2009

Gaufrid.

There were quite a few easy, or relatively easy, clues in this puzzle so I had 90% of the grid (excluding the perimeter) filled in very quickly. It was then time to look at the unclued thematic entries referred to in the preamble.

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Guardian 24,894 / Enigmatist

Posted by Gaufrid on 30th December 2009

Gaufrid.

There had to be at least one no-show over the festive period! He missed a very good puzzle.

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Independent 7,240/Dac

Posted by Ali on 30th December 2009

Ali.

A lovely way to round off my 2009 blogging. Dac’s puzzles are always a pleasure, never a chore. Long may he continue.

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Financial Times 13,271 / Cinephile

Posted by Gaufrid on 30th December 2009

Gaufrid.

A themed puzzle in which we were told that all asterisked clues had something in common. As it turned out, none of these clues had a definition, only wordplay.

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Financial Times 13,265 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 30th December 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 21 December 2009 Dante returned to serve up another delightful collection of clues with slick and smooth surfaces that only he can deliver with consistency and aplomb

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Financial Times 13,264 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 30th December 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of December 19

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Beelzebub 1,035 (20/12/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on 29th December 2009

Simon Harris.

I think this is me all up-to-date with Beelzebub now, as the closing date for this one was put back to the 29th, no doubt for seasonal reasons. No obvious Christmas themes in the puzzle that I can see – Beelzebub remains a welcome escape from the more tiresome aspects of modern life! Wordplay at 8dn and 22dn could use some confirmation.

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Financial Times 13270 / Dante

Posted by C G Rishikesh on 29th December 2009

C G Rishikesh.

A none-too-easy puzzle. I had a slow start but managed to complete it. Among the last to go in were 4ac, 29ac, 1dn and 14dn. The very last was 30ac, which I understood only after looking up the dictionary.

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Independent 7239/Glowworm

Posted by John on 29th December 2009

John.

How lucky I am. Yesterday’s Anax took me absolutely ages, and that was with a paper copy in front of me, which always makes it a little easier. Preparing to do this online shortly after midnight I feared the worst, but in fact it was a mild and pleasant crossword from Glowworm themed around 1ac. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24893 – Pasquale

Posted by Uncle Yap on 29th December 2009

Uncle Yap.

What a well-disguised theme which I did not unravel until I have practically solved all the clues. Once that unfolded, everything started to make sense. Very entertaining effort from Don.

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