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Archive for April, 2010

Independent 7337 / Tyrus

Posted by Gaufrid on 22nd April 2010

Gaufrid.

Some rather tricky clues today which meant that this was far from a quick solve for me.

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Independent on Sunday 1053 by Quixote 18th April 2010

Posted by Handel on 22nd April 2010

Handel.

A pleasant and fairly quick solve over a pint in our local. We were pleased to get both 8ac and 23ac, which were words and phrases we did know, but had to root around in the back of our minds for.

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Posted in Independent | 6 Comments »

Guardian 24,991 / Araucaria

Posted by mhl on 22nd April 2010

mhl.

A good puzzle from Araucaria, much of it quite easy (a relief to me) with perhaps 3 more difficult clues. I don’t get the subsidiary of 14 across, so any explanations would be much appreciated

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Inquisitor 1121 – Associates by Lato

Posted by kenmac on 22nd April 2010

kenmac.

Well, this one put up a fight but I won through in the end. I guess it must have taken me about 5 hours over about 4 days.

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Financial Times 13,357 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on 22nd April 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 12 April 2010
Another soft introduction to the FT week with a wide variety of cryptic devices ranging from the simple anagram to homophones to double definitions; none too difficult nor taxing. Good entertainment.

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Financial Times 13,356 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 22nd April 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the weekend FT of April 10
Cincinnus keeps up his great style. My favourite clues here are 1A, 16&17A, 24A and 6D.

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Independent 7336 by Nimrod

Posted by NealH on 21st April 2010

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Guardian 24,990 – Brummie

Posted by manehi on 21st April 2010

manehi.

Struggled quite a bit with the top right corner until 17 dropped. Enjoyable puzzle overall.

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Posted in Guardian | 43 Comments »

Financial Times 13,365 / Io

Posted by Gaufrid on 21st April 2010

Gaufrid.

A mixture today of some very easy clues and some that were a bit more tricky to parse. I was helped by having blogged an EV about a month ago where 22,12,24 and 23,18,16 formed part of the theme so these fell into place quite readily. A good variety of clue types, with not too many anagrams, led to an enjoyable solve.

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Posted in FT | 4 Comments »

Cryptic Crossword Survey – Update

Posted by Admin on 20th April 2010

Admin.

Those of you who participated in the recent Cryptic Crossword Survey might like to see Kathryn’s comment #14. Anyone who missed the original announcement can still participate in the survey via the link in the original post.

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Independent 7335 by Dac

Posted by nmsindy on 20th April 2010

nmsindy.

Fine puzzle from Dac as always.    A nice balance with less familiar answers given easier wordplay, solving time 26 mins.

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Posted in Independent | 12 Comments »

Financial Times 13,364 / Loroso

Posted by Agentzero on 20th April 2010

Agentzero.

A new setter, I believe. Welcome!  A very nice debut.  This was slow going for me, perhaps because I am unaccustomed to the setter’s style.  However, many of the clues struck me as fresh and clever.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24989 – Pasquale

Posted by Uncle Yap on 20th April 2010

Uncle Yap.

What a lot of goodies, including hard-boiled eggs, all found on one plate. Medieval tales, English slang, British television trivia, etc. Thank goodness for Wikipedia, without which I would not have been able to produce today’s blog to guide the uninitiated. Extremely challenging for a weekday puzzle and great fun, too.

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Independent 7334 by Hypnos

Posted by NealH on 19th April 2010

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Guardian 24,988 – Rover

Posted by Andrew on 19th April 2010

Andrew.

A very mixed bag from Rover, though mostly very easy. There were a few clues that I liked, but a lot of rather weak or dubious cryptic definitions, and various other niggles. There’s also a definite mistake in the solution at 21ac.

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Posted in Guardian | 39 Comments »