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Guardian 24995 – Quantum

Posted by Uncle Yap on 27th April 2010

Uncle Yap.

Quantum aka Quark (FT) aka the late Eric Burge who passed away in June 2008 … making today’s puzzle a blast from the past. Apart from a dictionary check to ensure there was such a fish (see 20D), the rest of the puzzle was a breezy walk in the park. A couple of definitions made me smile.

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Independent 7341/Virgilius

Posted by John on 27th April 2010

John.

Virgilius amuses us with variations on the colours pink and blue, as always quite delightfully. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24,994 / Rufus

Posted by Handel on 26th April 2010

Handel.

Morning all!

Funnily enough, when we remembered that we were due to blog Rufus, H mentioned that this setter always uses a number of cryptic definitions and naval references, and this puzzle didn’t disappoint on those counts!

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Independent 7340 by Glowworm

Posted by NealH on 26th April 2010

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Private Eye/Cyclops 415 – Bill and two Bens

Posted by beermagnet on 26th April 2010

beermagnet.

I made hard work for myself with this puzzle by writing in several incorrect answers. I guess I was hurrying and didn’t read the clues properly, and sometimes wrote in what I didn’t even intend (I think my pencil can’t spell). All that stopped me getting some later crossing answers until I realised what was going on.
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Beelzebub 1,052 (18/04/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on 25th April 2010

Simon Harris.

This seemed a very hard one to get in to, with six twelve-letter entries and a good handful of eights and nines. Solving time was therefore spent mostly on the first half of the clues. I may have been making unnecessarily heavy weather of things though, as of course everything seems quite clear with the benefit of hindsight!

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Azed 1977

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 25th April 2010

petebiddlecombe.

A mostly straightforward puzzle, which I think took me around 40 minutes, with Chambers just used at the end to find the answer to 16D and correct my daft mistake at 23A. This meant that I failed to spot an overconfident wrong answer at 26 down until I wrote this report.

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Everyman 3316

Posted by Arthur on 25th April 2010

Arthur.

Pretty nice this week. 10ac I am not sure of the exact correct parsing (I have 2 options which both seem equally likely) but I’m sure someone will clarify. Also I think 6dn is pretty mean as the answer is a town which (according to Wikipedia) has a population of fewer than 2000 people and so not somewhere that everyone would necessarily have heard of (I know I hadn’t). It is clued as an anagram which is easy to spot but does mean that you can never work out the answer for sure from the wordplay and I must admit that I ended up googling a few possibilities until hitting on the right one. However, 17/20ac is lovely and there’s a pleasant triple definition in there too at 19dn. Read the rest of this entry »

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Enigmatic Variations 910: All the Initials by Oxymoron

Posted by Dave Hennings on 24th April 2010

Dave Hennings.

A fairly straightforward puzzle from Oxymoron this week. Each clue requires a letter or a word to be removed before solving. These spell out a quotation which reflects the clues and suggests how some answers are modified before entry. The originator’s initials must be highlighted.

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Guardian 24,987 (Sat 17 Apr)/Araucaria – Plane sailing

Posted by rightback on 24th April 2010

rightback.

Solving time: 13 mins

The theme here was British World War II aircraft, not really my forte although I had heard of most of these (apart from the Vickers Wellington at 27ac); of the others, the Avro Anson at 8ac across was the only one to cause difficulty. The Typhoon at 17ac is not the Eurofighter of today which is so named but the Hawker variant of the 1940s.

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Independent 7,338 by Phi

Posted by Simon Harris on 23rd April 2010

Simon Harris.

I’ll freely admit to finding this a bit of a challenge, and suspect I won’t be the only one. There were a good handful of unfamiliar terms and some quite complex wordplay in places, along with an impressive number of entries of eleven or more letters. There’s no obvious St. George theme that I can see, but if memory serves, I blogged last year’s and missed it completely.

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Guardian 24,992 / Logodaedalus

Posted by Eileen on 23rd April 2010

Eileen.

I’d half expected a St George or Bardic theme today. There’s a small nod to the latter but, otherwise, I haven’t really anything to say about this:  there’s nothing exceptional or exceptionable, I think – my quickest solve for ages.

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Financial Times 13367 / Falcon

Posted by C G Rishikesh on 23rd April 2010

C G Rishikesh.

I am returning to 15sqd as a stand-in for Shuchi.

A none-too-difficult crossword, though there are a couple of unusual words, which are easily obtainable from wordplay. Clueing mostly fits the bill, which is modest.  Obvious word divisions for a couple of answers (e.g., JACK SPRAT, STALEMATE)  leaves the solver unexcited.

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Saturday Prize Crossword – Independent 7333 by Anax

Posted by nmsindy on 23rd April 2010

nmsindy.

Very unusual and impressive puzzle, this, which I found somewhat easier than previous Indy puzzles by Anax, solving time, 44 mins.   One or two I’m not fully sure of, though am reasonably confident.

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Financial Times 13,336 / Orense

Posted by smiffy on 22nd April 2010

smiffy.

My second blogging encounter with Orense of late.  Not the most strenuous of workouts, but he’s always a pleasure/never a chore.  Am running late today, so please excuse the skimpy blog.

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