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Independent 7344 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on 30th April 2010

nmsindy.

I found this very much on the easy side, solving time 13 mins.    As always with Phi, well-constructed, clear,  clues with little scope for doubt.

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Financial Times 13,373 / Bradman

Posted by C G Rishikesh on 30th April 2010

C G Rishikesh.

This crossword of average difficulty from the master is a pleasant solve.  Many feel-good words in the clues: best, great, famous, prime, superb, chief, right, fresh, true, leading, successful, generous. 

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Guardian 24,998 – Araucaria

Posted by Andrew on 30th April 2010

Andrew.

I found this mostly pretty easy for a Friday Araucaria, especially after getting 1ac immediately. Lots of the usual Araucaria wit, and two very clever &lits (though both with minor flaws), and no particularly outrageous liberties that I noticed, except that I don’t fully understand 12ac. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 7,339 by Tees (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 24/04/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on 29th April 2010

Simon Harris.

A challenging ornithologically-themed Tees this week, which didn’t seem to get any easier once the theme was rumbled. A few of the thematic entries were quite obscure, and I half expected to have a couple of gaps in the blog. Some frantic dictionary-checking got me there in the end though, albeit with a couple that I can’t fully explain.

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Financial Times 13,372 / Styx

Posted by smiffy on 29th April 2010

smiffy.

Plenty of gentle clues, including a slew of hidden answers and double definitions.  But there are also some admirable clue surfaces (I ticked 10A, 18A and 15D), plus the potentially mundane answer at 11D was very imaginatively handled.

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Independent 7,343 by Eimi

Posted by Simon Harris on 29th April 2010

Simon Harris.

I enjoyed this one a lot, even though it was fairly easy for a Thursday, as Eimi intimated it might be. Some of the anagrams in particular are blinding. I did this on paper at the station, but on blogging I note that the online version contains an extra little message on completion. I guess this is a quote from one of the books that form the theme, but can’t claim to be terribly familiar with them I’m afraid.

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Independent on Sunday 1054 by Quixote 25th April 2010

Posted by Handel on 29th April 2010

Handel.

Once again we solved this while on a rail-replacement bus service. Plently of good surfaces and very enjoyable overall. We felt that 2dn was particularly good. One unresolved point at 25ac – suggestions welcome as always.

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Guardian 24,997 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 29th April 2010

Eileen.

A fairly typical Paul puzzle, with  witty, cheeky, story-telling surfaces – but none of his really outrageous cluing. I hope the relatively new solvers whose confidence has been boosted in the last few days will enjoy it, along with those who have been missing something rather more meaty.

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Financial Times 13,363 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 29th April 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 19 April 2010
Another light and easy start to the week with Dante and his brand of crisp and slick clues always put together with smooth surfaces.
Most solvers will smile at A Split Personality

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Financial Times 13,362 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 29th April 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of April 17
This puzzle strikes me as a mixed bag. Mudd comes up with a clever cryptic definition for LIE DETECTOR (4D) and a cute 25A, but I think that 10A and 14D are a bit weak.

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Guardian 24,996 / Gordius

Posted by Gaufrid on 28th April 2010

Gaufrid.

Apologies for the belated post, the scheduled blogger has been tied up with work commitments and I didn’t get in until a short while ago to see the email he sent when he realised he wasn’t going to have time to prepare a blog. In the interests of getting this posted as quickly as possible I may have missed some necessary explanations so please ask in a comment if you need further elucidation. I thought this was a better than usual for Gordius and actually enjoyed parts of it.

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Independent 7,342/Dac

Posted by Ali on 28th April 2010

Ali.

My first blog for what seems like quite a while, and what better way to get back on the horse than with a Dac. Wonderful clueing as always, 2D being my pick of the bunch (and last entry)

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Financial Times 13,371 / Cinephile

Posted by Gaufrid on 28th April 2010

Gaufrid.

A themed puzzle from Cinephile in his customary Wednesday slot.

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Inquisitor 1122: Last One Standing by Loda

Posted by HolyGhost on 28th April 2010

HolyGhost.

Not that tough a crossword – many normal clues could be solved cold on the first pass through, and the theme yielded fairly quickly. But enjoyable for all that. (Was the puzzle number – double-1 double-2 – a veiled hint?)
 
Some clues, 22 in all, have no length indications, and have to be entered with one or two elements of a set omitted. The answer to one normal clue representing the final element must be highlighted.

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Financial Times 13,370 / Neo

Posted by Agentzero on 27th April 2010

Agentzero.

Another collection of devious clues from Neo.  I am unfortunately stumped on two of them; I am sure help will be forthcoming shortly.  And it was, from Rishi (inside two minutes!) and Eileen.  Corrections are below. Read the rest of this entry »

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