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Archive for April 29th, 2010

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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