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Archive for January 29th, 2010

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


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


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


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


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


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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