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Archive for December, 2009

Independent 7238 by Anax

Posted by nmsindy on 28th December 2009

nmsindy.

Very difficult puzzle, solving time 70 mins.    Some excellent clues, some very intricate wordplay and a seasonal theme.

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Guardian 24892 / Rufus

Posted by mhl on 28th December 2009

mhl.

The usual excellent Monday crossword from Rufus – a few somewhat tricky clues, I thought, and lovely surface readings throughout. I hope everyone had an excellent Christmas. (I’m afraid I won’t be able to apply any corrections until much later today, due to travelling.)

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Everyman No. 3299 (December 20th)

Posted by The Trafites on 27th December 2009

The Trafites.

Lorraine: Took me a while to get going this week probably due to a hangover, but once I got started there was no stopping me.  Thank you once again Mr. Everyman for an enjoyable crossword and the seasonal message at 13 & 16 across.

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Beelzebub 1,034 (13/12/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on 25th December 2009

Simon Harris.

This one was tackled the East Coast Mainline, so with no access to aids. Sitting down to blog, I see that while I didn’t quite finish the puzzle, I did put in a pretty good showing, with around five answers in the SE corner left unsolved. Let’s hope the remainder make themselves known by the time I get to the end!

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Independent 7232 by Phi (Sat 19-Dec)

Posted by beermagnet on 25th December 2009

beermagnet.

This was surprisingly easy for a Prize Puzzle, especially as I was half-expecting a Christmas special, and Phi can produce some tough nuts when he wants to. But that’s not to say it wasn’t enjoyable as indeed are most puzzles by Phi. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 155 Well, well! by Charybdis

Posted by Hihoba on 25th December 2009

Hihoba.

As this is blog is due for publication on Christmas day, may we wish our readers a Happy Christmas and a successful Inquisitorial New Year!

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Independent 7,236 by Phi

Posted by Simon Harris on 24th December 2009

Simon Harris.

Something of a seasonal treat for us today – a special, thematic Thursday Phi.

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Guardian 24,891 / Araucaria

Posted by Gaufrid on 24th December 2009

Gaufrid.

Some typical Araucaria fare today which resulted in quite a few ticks on my copy of the puzzle (1ac, 13ac, 3dn, 8dn and 15dn had the largest ones).

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Independent on Sunday 1036 by Quixote – 20 Dec 2009

Posted by nmsindy on 24th December 2009

nmsindy.

Puzzle with many seasonal references, solving time, 21 mins.

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Independent 7235 by Dac

Posted by nmsindy on 23rd December 2009

nmsindy.

A puzzle which I found a mixture of very easy and quite difficult clues, solving time 30 mins.   Great stuff as always from Dac.

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Financial Times 13,267 / Cincinnus

Posted by Gaufrid on 23rd December 2009

Gaufrid.

I don’t remember Cincinnus appearing on a Wednesday before. Fortunately this was one of his easier puzzles as I am very short of time due to an emergency appointment at the dentist before he closes for Christmas. Please excuse any errors or typos caused by my haste.

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Guardian 24890 / Crucible

Posted by mhl on 23rd December 2009

mhl.

This is the fourth crossword by Crucible for the Guardian, as far as I can tell. (This setter more frequently appears as Radian in the Independent.) There are plenty of clever (and tricky to parse!) clues here – overall tough but satisfying, I thought. Merry Christmas to everyone ☃

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Financial Times 13,259 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on 23rd December 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 14 December 2009 As always, a gentle start to the FT week with clues none too difficult

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Financial Times 13,266 / Viking

Posted by Gaufrid on 22nd December 2009

Gaufrid.

Apologies yet again for a late post. It appears that the scheduled substitute has not been able blog today so I am stepping in as second-sub. Nothing too difficult in this one and nothing with which to take issue. The surfaces were generally good and I rather liked some of the concise clues, particularly 18ac, 1dn and 21dn.

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Independent 7,734/Nestor

Posted by Ali on 22nd December 2009

Ali.

I had a quick look at this online late last night and managed to solve a few clues on a first read-through, so I didn’t think it would be too much trouble when I got on the bus this morning.

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