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Archive for February 26th, 2010

Financial Times 13,320 / Falcon

Posted by shuchi on 26th February 2010

shuchi.

The usual from Falcon, elegant and not too taxing.

One new word for me, at 24A, nothing too obscure otherwise.

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Guardian 24,939 (Sat 20 Feb)/Enigmatist – Criminal record

Posted by rightback on 26th February 2010

rightback.

Solving time: 14 mins

I don’t think I’ve ever finished a crossword having understood so few of the solutions! It took me at least as long again to fathom them all out. As well as the long quotation starting at 22dn there are several inter-clue references, especially to 17 (CRIMINAL), which always make it harder to get started but I got very lucky by spotting the quotation from the unique enumeration (2,2,2,3,2,2,…).

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Independent 7,290 by Tees

Posted by Simon Harris on 26th February 2010

Simon Harris.

A very enjoyable one here. I had expected to say that I found this a bit easier than usual for a Tees, but then I started to struggle towards the end. Still, here we are, though a couple of my explanations might need a second opinion.

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Guardian 24,944 / Bonxie

Posted by Eileen on 26th February 2010

Eileen.

A quite quick second appearance  for  Bonxie this year,  considering we had only four of his / her puzzles last year [thanks, Andrew!]. There was nothing too taxing – some ingenious clues and a few niggles.

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Beelzebub 1,044 (21/02/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on 26th February 2010

Simon Harris.

My ongoing quest to complete a whole Beelzebub unaided led to a full grid, yet with a couple of silly errors. Still, a good week and always a pleasure to work out the unfamiliar words from the subsidiary indications.

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Inquisitor 1113 – Origins by Samuel

Posted by duncanshiell on 26th February 2010

duncanshiell.

Samuel is a setter I have come across in The Listener and Magpie as well as here in the Inquisitor series.  I have always enjoyed his puzzles.  This was no exception.  Like all good puzzles, a number of different layers were revealed as I went through.

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Independent Prize Puzzle 7285 by Bannsider – Saturday 20 February 2010

Posted by duncanshiell on 26th February 2010

duncanshiell.

As I only blog Independent puzzles once a month, I don’t have a great deal of experience of individual setters.  A little research though shows that I have solved Bannsider’s puzzles before as he is a Times Setter and also operates as Aragon in The Listener.  I believe he also judges the monthly clue competition in The Times Crossword Club.

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