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Archive for April 12th, 2010

Beelzebub 1,050 (04/04/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on 12th April 2010

Simon Harris.

A mixed one for me, initially thinking I’d be done in record time, but eventually almost failing to finish at all. 5dn is yet to be explained.

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Independent 7328 by Mordred

Posted by NealH on 12th April 2010


*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Guardian 24,982 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on 12th April 2010


I found this more straightforward than last week’s Rufus but, I thought, rather  lacking in the expected sparkle. There are the usual fine surfaces but some rather tired wordplay, including AD = notice – twice! [I’m not up on types of grid but I don’t remember seeing one like this, with four consecutive checked letters in 13 and 22ac.]

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Private Eye/Cyclops 414 – Feudal Utopia

Posted by beermagnet on 12th April 2010


I didn’t know much about Sir Thomas More’s Utopia beyond its fame, but after finding a link for 21D and reading around I realise what a big deal this was.
Utopia from the greek ou-topos [no place] or eu-topos [good place].
In Utopia, there is communal ownership of land [Right on! Comrade …], private property does not exist [… Proudhon would be proud …], men and women are educated alike [… and Germaine …], and there is almost complete religious freedom except atheists are not tolerated [ … hmmm.]

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