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Archive for December, 2009

Guardian 24889 – Gordius

Posted by Uncle Yap on 22nd December 2009

Uncle Yap.

A  puzzle unremarkable except for some very obscure (defined as when I have to google long and hard) references to William Shakespeare’s Last Will & Testament ( and also the position of the altar from Medieval History at (which, incidentally, I would not have bothered but for the fact that I have to at least appear knowledgeable when blogging this puzzle). Some snippets of gems sprinkled all over but not enough to erase the less-than-satisfactory flavour from this setter’s apparent fondness for the abstruse

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Financial Times 13,258 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 22nd December 2009

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of December 12

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Independent 7233 by Tees

Posted by NealH on 21st December 2009


*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Guardian 24,888 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on 21st December 2009


A delightful festive offering from Rufus – something of a tour de force – which is not too taxing but provides a few smiles, or even chuckles, along the way.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 406 – Double bubble

Posted by beermagnet on 21st December 2009


As It Occurred To Me this week:  I won 2nd prize in a contest!
You’re right, it wasn’t a Beauty Contest and I wasn’t playing Monopoly.
It was a crossword contest:  The 2009 “3D Calendar puzzle” indeed.
So I have no hesitation, in best Smashy’n’Nicey “does a lotta work for chariddy” manner, in shamelessly plugging next year’s offering.
Follow these links and Buy! Buy! Buy!

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Beelzebub 1,033 (06/12/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on 20th December 2009

Simon Harris.

This was easily the toughest Beelzebub I can remember having come across. A first, unaided session yielded only three or four answers. Reinforcements were called in, and the remainder of the puzzle took two of us several hours. In a couple of places, entries seem to differ from anything I could find in Chambers, but I may simply not have been looking hard enough.

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Azed 1959: A bitter-sweet refrain

Posted by jetdoc on 20th December 2009


An Azed of average difficulty this week, I think; I needed a dictionary to check several answers. The words ‘whample’ and ‘sprangle’ were both delightful discoveries. No clue stands out as favourite of the week, but I’ll give my vote to 10a.

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Everyman No. 3298 (Dec. 13th)

Posted by C G Rishikesh on 19th December 2009

C G Rishikesh.

I am here as a substitute for the regular blogger. The crossword posed no difficulty but I am unable to explain Clue 16d fully. Season’s Greetings to all readers.

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Thank You

Posted by Gaufrid on 19th December 2009


I would like to say thank you to the Fifteensquared team members who have all taken time out of their busy schedules to post blogs during the past twelve months. I’m sure your efforts have been much appreciated, particularly by those new or relatively new to cryptic puzzles.

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Guardian 24,881 (Sat 12 Dec)/Shed – Crimea river

Posted by rightback on 19th December 2009


Solving time: 12 mins

I have to take my hat off to Shed for this: most of the puzzle was straightforward (and well-clued) but three answers (MORTAR, SCARFACE and CRIMEA) had me truly stumped and accounted for well over half of my time. Moreover, none was in any way obscure or unfair and I kicked myself as I finally solved each.

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Enigmatic Variations 892: Johannes & Ferencz by Oxymoron

Posted by Dave Hennings on 19th December 2009

Dave Hennings.

I have no idea what the title means, although it does sound a bit like a Swedish clothing company … or is that Hennes & Mauritz?

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Independent 7231 by Morph

Posted by nmsindy on 18th December 2009


No Phi today, maybe he’ll feature on Saturday  this week.    Instead what I found quite a tough puzzle from Morph esp SE corner.      I failed on 24 across, which I understand now having looked at the Indy website. Time at the puzzle, 50 mins or so.

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Financial Times 13,263 / Styx

Posted by shuchi on 18th December 2009


A nice puzzle that started comfortably but posed some difficulty at the end, with 6A taking up the max. time and I’m still not sure if it’s right. I enjoyed solving on the whole, but with a few nitpicks mentioned against the answers.

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Guardian 24,886 / Brendan

Posted by diagacht on 18th December 2009


diagacht has web access problems today but has supplied the following analysis without a preamble. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 154 – X by Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on 18th December 2009


Phi is one of the more prolific setters with his puzzles appearing in a wide range of publications.  There is always something different about his puzzles and this was no exception.

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