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Archive for April 15th, 2010

Independent 7331 / Mass

Posted by Gaufrid on 15th April 2010

Gaufrid.

It’s been three months since we last saw Mass but again he has come up with a themed puzzle that provided a great deal of enjoyment, at least once 8A/2 had been solved. Without 8A/2 some of the linked clues would have been rather difficult to parse.

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Guardian 24,985 (Puck)

Posted by diagacht on 15th April 2010

diagacht.

Second last time out I had Puck also. No surprise then to find some tricky wordplay. I enjoyed this once I got going but I had the feeling this could have been a King John’s Castle moment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent on Sunday 1052 by Quixote 11th April 2010

Posted by Handel on 15th April 2010

Handel.

Once again, we did most of this in good time, but then needed a second session to get the last few. We filled this one out while sitting in Cleaver Square in Kennington with a pint in between watching people play petanque. Very pleasant.

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Financial Times 13,360 / Alberich

Posted by smiffy on 15th April 2010

smiffy.

A fairly quick solving time, at least relative to the previous Alberich vs Smiffy head-to-head  form-book.  As usual, plenty of hallmark precision engineering (or should that be precision artistry?) in evidence.  3D, 8D, 10A and 11A being the best of a high-class bunch

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Financial Times 13,351 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 15th April 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 5 April 2010
Once again, we get back our Monday mainstay, Dante who never fails to entertain us with his slick and smooth surfaces and his cryptic definitions (which you either love or hate … I just happen to love due to all those daft definitions that adorned the Readers Digest of old)

ACROSS

1 SALAMI Cha of SALA (rev of ALAS, unfortunately) MI (motorway)
4 PUPILS dd and another classic Dante clue
8 ESPOUSE E (sweetheart or middle letter of swEet) SPOUSE (wife)
9 HICCUPS Cha of HIC (here in Latin and Italian eg hic et ubique for here and everywhere) + CUPS (vessels)
11 DISCERNING dd
12 MOOD MOO (low as what a cow might do) + D (first letter of depression)
13 TIBIA Ins of I (one) in A Bit (a little) and the whole thing reversed
14 OPPOSITE Ins of IT in OPPOSE
16 BAGUETTE *(get a tube) What a lovely and geometrically correct surface
18 SCOUR Acrostic
20 PERI Peri (L)
21 ARTICULATE dd
23 IMMORAL Cha of I’M M (number 1000) ORAL (said)
24 BASQUES dd for a garment as well as people found in the North East of Spain (perhaps Dante got his direction wrong with NW)
25 NUMBER dd
26 ARREST cd

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Financial Times 13,350 by Cinephile

Posted by Pete Maclean on 15th April 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of April 3
I enjoyed this Cinephile puzzle, especially 23A and 1&2D. I do not fully understand 18D.

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