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Archive for February, 2010

Financial Times 13,310 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on 25th February 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 15 February 2010
I solved this puzzle while ushering in the Year of the Tiger and hope that the year ahead will be as smooth as the puzzle; nothing too tough but full of interesting snippets and delights. Yam Seng !!

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Financial Times 13,309 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 25th February 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of February 13

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Financial Times 13,318 / Gozo

Posted by Gaufrid on 24th February 2010

Gaufrid.

A pleasant, gentle stroll today with nothing too 13ing, but I think there is an error in one of the clues (20dn) unless my parsing is incorrect.

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Guardian 24,942 – Quantum

Posted by manehi on 24th February 2010

manehi.

Maybe it’s the time of night, but I found this quite a slow solve for a Quantum and got held up in a few places despite the long clues falling early. A few niggles, but I liked 18ac, 24ac and 19dn.

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Independent 7288/Dac

Posted by John on 24th February 2010

John.

Typically mellifluous surfaces. I found one or two of the clues unusually hard for Dac. Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 13,317 / Phssthpok

Posted by Agentzero on 23rd February 2010

Agentzero.

A good offering from one of the less frequent FT setters.  Apologies for the late posting; I had solved this last night but didn’t have a chance to fill in the explanations until now. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 7287 by Virgilius

Posted by nmsindy on 23rd February 2010

nmsindy.

You could not ask for much more from a puzzle than is in this one.

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Guardian 24941 – Gordius

Posted by Uncle Yap on 23rd February 2010

Uncle Yap.

A mixed bag from Gordius. Some excellent clues, somewhat spoiled by a couple of mediocre ones.

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Independent 7286 by Raich

Posted by NealH on 22nd February 2010

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Guardian 24940 / Rufus

Posted by mhl on 22nd February 2010

mhl.

A fun puzzle from Rufus – I had a bit of trouble with the bottom-left corner (21a and 24a) but otherwise this was pretty easy and satisfying to solve.

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Guardian – review of 2009

Posted by Andrew on 21st February 2010

Andrew.

I thought it would be interesting put together some statistics about how many puzzles there were from each Guardian setter in 2009, and how many comments the blogs have attracted on this site. I’ve treated the weekday and Saturday prize puzzles separately, as the latter are hugely dominated by Araucaria and (to a lesser extent) Paul, and also because they tend to have far fewer comments. It’s been fascinating to review the blogs and to relive some of the highs and lows of the blogging and commenting year: I can highly recommend it as a way of passing time that should probably be spent doing something more productive.

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AZED No. 1,968 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on 21st February 2010

The Trafites.

Nick:  I am trying a new format here, with the full clue next to the clue number and the solution with word play/comments underneath.  Often when reading other blogs on this site, I would like to read the clue but alas they are sometimes inaccessible.  If it appears too busy, please let me know.

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Everyman No. 3307 (14th February).

Posted by The Trafites on 21st February 2010

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Thank you Everyman once again for a wonderful puzzle. I must add that although some people might find Everyman not taxing there are those of us who find that this puzzle is right up our street, so thank you once again.

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Enigmatic Variations 901: Time for Action by Raich

Posted by Dave Hennings on 20th February 2010

Dave Hennings.

Five clues have no definition. That sounds easy, since that leaves over fifty other normal clues that presumably do. Little did I know …!

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Guardian 24,933 (Sat 13 Feb)/Araucaria – Zend sinister

Posted by rightback on 20th February 2010

rightback.

Solving time: 35 mins, 3 mistakes (ZEND, YAWL and COMPRADOR).

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