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Archive for March, 2010

Guardian 24,968 / Bonxie

Posted by Eileen on 26th March 2010

Eileen.

A reasonably straightforward puzzle from Bonxie, with some nice touches. I have some quibbles with two or three definitions.

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Independent 7,314 by Phi

Posted by Simon Harris on 26th March 2010

Simon Harris.

It’s a while since I blogged a Friday Phi, so either I’m a little rusty or this was quite a tough one.

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Independent 7309 – Saturday Prize Puzzle by Nimrod

Posted by duncanshiell on 26th March 2010

duncanshiell.

I found this hard and took a good afternoon to solve it.  There were a couple of words or phrases I had not come across before, namely CACOETHES SCRIBENDI and PULQUE.  I knew the first was an anagram and probably had SCRIBE… in the second word of the phrase.  In the second word, PULQUE, I got the QUE alright, but I also hadn’t come across PULE meaning ‘pipe’ before.  I wondered how obscure these words were, so I amused myself by looking them up on Google and seeing how many hits they each generated.

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Financial Times 13,343 / Orense

Posted by smiffy on 25th March 2010

smiffy.

Another typically solid puzzle from Orense (does anyone know whether the correct pronunciation is O-rense or Oar-ense? I’ve always wondered.).  One answer entered more in hope than expectation at 7D.

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Independent 7,313/Nestor

Posted by Ali on 25th March 2010

Ali.

Apologies, I’ll need to be brief today, so won’t be able to give this the full treatment it deserves. I found this to be a tough but very enjoyable puzzle from Nestor. I often tend to struggle with single-word answers of 10+ letters – 6A and 8D being the culprits here – but got there in the end. There are some great clues in here, 17A and 12D being my pick of the bunch. And yes, there’s a Nina in there too!

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Independent on Sunday 1049 by Quixote 21st March 2010

Posted by Handel on 25th March 2010

Handel.

The usual enjoyable bag of tricks from Quixote. A couple of inventive clues stood out for us: 6 down and 17 across.

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Guardian 24,967 – Orlando

Posted by Andrew on 25th March 2010

Andrew.

Good fun from Orlando today with a theme of famous Belgians, and a few references to Belgium in some of the clues as well. Sound and inventive clueing throughout, with some trickily-concealed defintiions and wordplay. There was a Famous Belgians puzzle from Paul just over a year ago which I also blogged, and which has (not surprisingly) a few answers in common with this one.

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Inquisitor 1117: 7 Down by Schadenfreude

Posted by HolyGhost on 25th March 2010

HolyGhost.

Each across answer produces a single clash with a down answer, the latter being the grid entry. The unentered letters are one definition of 7d, which itself cryptically indicates one item in each column, to be highlighted (63 cells).
 
Initially, pencilled-in answers don’t necessarily help that much with intersecting answers … but lots of clues could be solved cold, so once a clash has been identified, the remaining across letters are known to be part of the finished grid; and, when all but one of the letters in an across answer are confirmed, the remaining letter is known to give no additional help with the intersecting down answer.

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Financial Times 13,334 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on 25th March 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 15 March 2010
Quite a varied potpourri of not-too-difficult clues. Very fair and entertaining.

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Financial Times 13,333 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 25th March 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of March 15
I remember FT puzzle number 10,000 and now here we are a third of the way through another batch of 10,000. Cincinnus marks the occasion with an especially fine puzzle, highlighted by a smashing 6D. I also particularly like 9A, 13A and 21A. And there is one clue whose working I do not completely understand, 25A. Surely someone will fill me in.

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Guardian 24,966 – Paul

Posted by manehi on 24th March 2010

manehi.

Found this fairly easy for a Paul, and one with a little theme of Yorkshire towns at that. Several lovely and inventive clues.

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Independent 7312/Dac

Posted by John on 24th March 2010

John.

Not the easiest Dac puzzle, I thought. The explanation of two or three answers still eludes me, but no doubt someone will explain. The two symmetrical pairs of eight-letter answers look significant, but perhaps it’s just that the pairing is neat. Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 13,342 / Hamilton

Posted by Gaufrid on 24th March 2010

Gaufrid.

I found this to be something of a mixture, some very easy and obvious clues and others where the wordplay was convoluted and difficult to parse. The result was that about 20% of the clues accounted for 75% of the solving time.

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Financial Times 13,341 / Neo

Posted by Agentzero on 23rd March 2010

Agentzero.

I was just thinking that it had been a little while since we had seen Neo. Here he is with a fresh collection of clues.  I found these to be high on inventiveness and thankfully low on crossword cliches. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 7311 by Tees

Posted by nmsindy on 23rd March 2010

nmsindy.

Enjoyable, themed, puzzle from Tees, solving time 38 mins.       Very impressed with how much themed material was in the grid, without sign of strain with other answers.

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