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Archive for April 8th, 2010

Financial Times 13,354 / Armonie

Posted by smiffy on 8th April 2010


Not a particularly tricky (or satisfying) puzzle today. My main gripe being the inundation of mundane [Word A] + [Word B] = [Answer] constructions.  I can’t recall ever seeing another puzzle that contained as many.   (Edit: Blogging goof at 26D now corrected).

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Independent 7325 by Radian

Posted by nmsindy on 8th April 2010


Obvious from looking at the clues that this was a golf-based puzzle, timed to coincide with the start of the US Masters.     Made a lot of quick early progress but then it got harder and I finally had to admit defeat with three, 17A, 17D and 24 A.        Have to admit that nmsindy knowledge of golf is fairly limited so may have missed some references.    Was impressed at how much thematic material Radian packed in to the puzzle.

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Guardian 24,979 / Araucaria

Posted by mhl on 8th April 2010


Annoyingly, I had to write this post without any internet access or reference books, so there are lots of guesses here that normally I would be able to quickly confirm. I may not be able to make corrections until much later, so please refer to the ever erudite comments below for better informed commentary :)

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Independent on Sunday 1051 by Quixote 4th April 2010

Posted by Handel on 8th April 2010


This was much more straightforward than last week and included one mention of the date (Easter Sunday). The grid suggested the possibility of a perimeter nina, but we couldn’t find anything. Perhaps rereading DM’s excellent Crossword Manual has improved our abilities! Hope you all had an enjoyable break over the Easter weekend.

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Financial Times 13,346 – Mudd

Posted by Uncle Yap on 8th April 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 29 March 2010
What a pleasant surprise to have Mudd in this Monday slot. For the uninitiated, Mudd is John Halpern, said to be a libertarian setter who also compiles for the Independent (as Punk) and for the Guardian (as Paul). Mr Halpern has his own very interesting website at

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Financial Times 13,345 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 8th April 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of March 27
Cincinnus has some very artfully fashioned clues here: 1A, 21A, 24A, 6D and 17D.

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