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Archive for December 9th, 2009

Financial Times 13,255 / Aardvark

Posted by Gaufrid on 9th December 2009


I did not expect to see Aardvark again quite so soon and particularly on a Wednesday. Nothing too tricky today and nothing to quibble about with all clues being fair, if a little dull in places. However, 17a was nicely misleading, 12a raised a smile and 14a brought back pleasant memories of that excellent series ‘Not Only … But Also’.

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Independent 7,223 by Dac

Posted by Simon Harris on 9th December 2009

Simon Harris.

I found this mostly quite straightforward, with lots of double definitions and simple charades. Still the final four took about as long as the rest put together.

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Guardian 24,878 – Brummie

Posted by Andrew on 9th December 2009


You wait for ages for a Brummie, and then two come along almost at once – this one and the latest Genius puzzle. This was somehow a bit easier than it appeared to be at first sight, with its many two-entry answers, all of which (as I only noticed when writing the blog) involve a colour (and, as IanN14 points out, the colours form a complete set of snooker balls) ), but even so there were some tricky moments. Brummie’s alter ego of Cyclops in Private Eye seems to have had a bit of a hand in this puzzle, especially at 6dn and 26/31, though he held back at 10ac.

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