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Archive for April 1st, 2010

Independent 7,315 by Bannsider (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 27/03/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on 1st April 2010

Simon Harris.

Another solve of two halves for me, racing away to start with, then grinding to a halt on the last few. The SE gave me the most grief, with 22 and 24 defeating my attempts at explanation.

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Financial Times 13,349 / Bradman

Posted by smiffy on 1st April 2010

smiffy.

A pity that today’s puzzle decided to do an online impersonation of the Scarlet Pimpernel, as it’s worthy of a broader audience than it’ll probably end up receiving.  If anything, some answers in this puzzle are probably flirting with the upper end of the FT difficulty scale (I was unfamiliar with 18A and 24A, while 26A was beyond my ken completely).

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Independent 7,319 by Nimrod

Posted by Simon Harris on 1st April 2010

Simon Harris.

One doesn’t tend to expect a Nimrod to be easy, but this was perhaps tougher than usual.

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Independent on Sunday 1050 by Quixote 28th March 2010

Posted by Handel on 1st April 2010

Handel.

Very much a game of two halves this one: figuratively, in that we completed most of it within twenty minutes, but then spent as long again on the remainder; and also literally, in that the grid was split into right and left hand parts, only connected in two places.

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Guardian 24,973 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 1st April 2010

Eileen.

I was rather apprehensive at being down to blog today, especially when I saw Paul’s name on the puzzle. After completing the grid, I stared at it but, apart from CLOT leaping out at me in 10ac, I could see no reference to the date. [I’m waiting to be told of something I’ve missed …]
However, that’s not to say that Paul didn’t have me almost fooled in a couple of cases, until the penny dropped.

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Inquisitor 1118 – Mine by Charybdis

Posted by duncanshiell on 1st April 2010

duncanshiell.

A pleasant puzzle from Charybdis – nothing too taxing.  I finished this in one sitting on the Saturday evening of publication.

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Cryptic Crossword Survey – Participants needed

Posted by Admin on 1st April 2010

Admin.

Kathryn Friedlander and Philip Fine, at the University of Buckingham, are launching an on-line survey to investigate the cognitive skills, motivation and development of expertise of those who tackle cryptic crosswords. They are looking for participants who tackle a ‘broadsheet’ cryptic crossword (such as the Daily Telegraph, Guardian or Independent crosswords) on a fairly regular basis, and who manage to complete it at least sometimes. Ideally, participants will have been solving cryptics for at least 1 year.

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Financial Times 13,340 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 1st April 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 22 March 2010
Dante is back with another light and easy week-opener. As usual, he impressed with his slick construction and smooth surfaces. I wonder whether 16Across can be called an &lit. However, 24Down is not but can be, hence I am soliciting the creative talents of readers to make it so.

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Financial Times 13,339 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 1st April 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of March 20
A specially good puzzle from Mudd this time. I like 9A, 15A, 23A, 5D and 14D.

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