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Azed 1965/groan

Posted by ilancaron on 31st January 2010

ilancaron.

As per usual a wordplay or two which I’m not sure of. Somewhat harder than my last Azed outing (1958). And a surprised groan or two were elicited (Azed isn’t the most humorous setter in my opinion usually).
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Everyman 3304

Posted by Arthur on 31st January 2010

Arthur.

Not my favourite ever – 11ac is a recent, but not very popular television show which I think is perhaps a little unfair. Also, the way that I parse is, 13dn requires BRAIN as a synonym for SUPPORT which I can’t quite figure . Any suggestions welcomed! EDIT – thanks anax for clearing this one up. My other complaint is that there were rather a lot of double definitions and some clues that hardly seemed crytic at all. Read the rest of this entry »

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Enigmatic Variations 898: Prime Suspect by Nutmeg

Posted by Dave Hennings on 30th January 2010

Dave Hennings.

A puzzle entitled Eggheads in this month’s Magpie (January 2010) and French Polish in last week’s Inquisitor (#1108, 09/01/2010) are Nutmeg’s most recent offerings, and here we are with Prime Suspect.

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Guardian 24,915 (Sat 28 Sat)/Shed – Busoni non grata

Posted by rightback on 30th January 2010

rightback.

Solving time: Best part of a week before using references for 4ac and 1dn.

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Beelzebub 1,040 (24/01/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on 29th January 2010

Simon Harris.

A good week, I think. This took me several sessions, but I was determined not to cheat. Everything was ultimately solvable, though 1ac was unfamiliar enough to require some undirected Chambers-browsing on my part.

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Independent 7266 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on 29th January 2010

nmsindy.

I enjoyed this puzzle a lot, very tough and very satisfying to finish, with all understood, and some very well constructed clues, as one expects from Phi.   Solving time, 40 mins.

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Guardian 24,920 / Enigmatist

Posted by Eileen on 29th January 2010

Eileen.

Well, for me, the week’s ending, as it began, on a high note, with a welcome appearance by Enigmatist. There were some lovely clues, as we would expect, but one or two that I can’t quite make to work and there is one that has me completely foxed. No doubt there’s someone waiting to enlighten me!

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Inquisitor 1109 Short Cut by Schadenfreude

Posted by Hihoba on 29th January 2010

Hihoba.

As usual with a Schadenfreude offering there were a lot of unfamiliar words – LYTTA, DONAT, PACHALIC and NITID to name but four! The clues were scupulously fair, though one of them has defeated us for total understanding (see 38D), and we have slight reservations about SET-TOS – the hyphen held us up for a while. A couple of surnames too – Orbison and Calder. I (Hi) now use the internet for all this kind of lookup, so am unaware whether they appear in biographical dictionaries. I have to admit that without computer aids I would not have managed to complete this puzzle. Anyone who did has my admiration!

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Financial Times 13,296 / Falcon

Posted by shuchi on 29th January 2010

shuchi.

A very good puzzle, I thought. Smooth surfaces throughout, and nothing too obscure other than one look-up I needed for 11a.

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Independent 7261 by Dac (Saturday Prize Puzzle 23 January 2010)

Posted by duncanshiell on 29th January 2010

duncanshiell.

This is the first puzzle by Dac that I have blogged.  I didn’t find anything too difficult.  I’m not sure how long this took as I did it whilst watching Saturday afternoon football programmes on the box.

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Financial Times 13,295 / Styx

Posted by smiffy on 28th January 2010

smiffy.

A new(ish?) setter –  Styx seems to be very fastidious about the surface reading of the clues, as these are universally “natural” and concise.  However, this flawlessness is almost to a fault in places, where the wordplay  (e.g. 18A, 22A) or difficulty (11A, 23A, 6D) ends up slightly compromised as a result.  So (with an eye to the Winter Olympics just around the corner) I’d score this as 5.9 for  Style and 5.4 for Technical Merit.

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Independent 7,265/Tyrus

Posted by Ali on 28th January 2010

Ali.

We haven’t had many Tyrus puzzles, but he is for my money by far the hardest setter on the Indy team. I spent an hour tackling this online last night and managed to solve all but 10 clues. I was very pleased with that, but I then spent a further 50 mins on the bus with it this morning and got absolutely no further! So, in the interests of there actually being a blog, I’ve had to resort to the Reveal button.

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Guardian 24,919 – Gordius

Posted by Andrew on 28th January 2010

Andrew.

As regular readers will know, I (and others) am not a big fan of Gordius, and while there’s nothing particularly inspiring in this puzzle, I didn’t find much to object to either, apart from a few minor niggles noted below.

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Independent on Sunday 1041 by Quixote – 24 Jan 2010

Posted by nmsindy on 28th January 2010

nmsindy.

Something to look out for here,  referred to after the clue explanations.     Solving time, 21 mins.

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Financial Times 13,286 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on 28th January 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 18 January 2010
Another easy introduction to the FT week. This puzzle has a wide variety of devices and would be ideal training ground for newbies.

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