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Archive for January 22nd, 2010

Independent 7,260/Phi

Posted by Ali on 22nd January 2010


It’s been a good week of puzzles in the Indy and a pretty tough one too. I got on fine with this one as Phi rarely puts a foot wrong with his clueing, but there are one or two where my brain can’t quite piece them together. The fairly obscure words at 12A and 10D also got the better of me.

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Beelzebub 1,039 (17/01/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on 22nd January 2010

Simon Harris.

One of my fastest Beelzebub solves of recent times, as witnessed by me blogging this on the Sunday, for once. There is just one – at 29ac – for which I can find no reference. Some interesting, Azed-like clueing today.

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Inquisitor 1108 – French Polish by Nutmeg

Posted by duncanshiell on 22nd January 2010


We were told that seven grid entries, clued without definition, were of a kind.  Their response to an exhortation would affect the method of entry of a further seven clue answers.  Further, all clues that did have a definition contained a misprint of one letter, always occurring in the definition part.  The correct letters would spell out the quotation [which proved to be the exhortation] and its author.  The person referred to in the exhortation had to be highlighted in the completed grid.

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Guardian 24914 / Araucaria

Posted by mhl on 22nd January 2010


A mostly very enjoyable puzzle, with a nicely done theme.

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Independent 7255 by Nimrod (Sat 16-Jan)

Posted by beermagnet on 22nd January 2010


With his trademark 15-letter answers you certainly get your money’s worth from Nimrod.  This took me ages, of course, and couldn’t have finished without a bit of dictionary-bashing etc.  I found the bottom left corner the most tricky.
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Financial Times 13,290 / Gozo

Posted by shuchi on 22nd January 2010


Straightforward stuff today, with a mini-theme of furniture. Many cryptic and double definitions but none that truly sparkled. 20d stood out for its cleverly positioned hyphen at line-break.

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