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Archive for May, 2010

Independent 7370 by Hypnos

Posted by NealH on 31st May 2010

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Guardian 25,024 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 31st May 2010

Andrew.

Very easy Bank Holiday fare from Rufus today, though with the usual wit and elegant surface readings.

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AZED No. 1,982 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on 30th May 2010

The Trafites.

Nick:  Typically nice AZED this week which I feel was a tad more difficult than some weeks.  I had to use Brewers Dictionary of Phrase and Fable to confirm 28dn and fully understand the reference in 12dn (I have added information internet links to these clues).

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Everyman No. 3321 (23rd May)

Posted by The Trafites on 30th May 2010

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Nice easy plod along this week, had to look up 1 down and 7 down to confirm my guesses. Can’t say any one clue was particularly outstanding as I always enjoy all the clues; thanks again Everyman :)

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Guardian 25,017 (Sat 22 May)/Araucaria – A smile a minute

Posted by rightback on 29th May 2010

rightback.

Solving time: 8 mins

For Araucaria this was surprisingly straightforward, but that’s probably just as well with a bank holiday special due this week. One of the reasons for the lower-than-average difficulty was the high number of clues which were solvable from the definition, especially the long answers; the mini-theme of photography, possibly inspired by the answer to 27ac, also helped.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 915 For The Books by Charybdis

Posted by twencelas on 29th May 2010

twencelas.

Well a complex preamble this week – certainly one that won’t make sense till 11 down is derived. On first reading it sounds like a puzzle based upon a literary character. Then there’s an adjustment to the “completed” grid with a recommendation to use a pencil first.  Personally I like the satisfaction of watching the grid filling up with black ink! – So it was ink for me on a copy first.

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Independent 7,368/Phi

Posted by Ali on 28th May 2010

Ali.

Good stuff as ever from Phi, and we have a pangram to boot. I was frustratingly defeated by the final two clues though! Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 25,022 / Araucaria

Posted by mhl on 28th May 2010

mhl.

Notes on this crossword below…

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Financial Times 13,397 / Bradman

Posted by shuchi on 28th May 2010

shuchi.

Bradman gives us his trademark &lit clues for the long slots and general solid clueing all round. There are some superbly smooth clue surfaces, as in 20A and 9D. A very enjoyable solve.

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Financial Times 13,396 / Mudd

Posted by smiffy on 27th May 2010

smiffy.

A steady and gentle jog-trot today.  No brain-busting vocab requirements, and I think the xwd editor was wise to slot this one into a Thursday, rather than the weekend edition (where Mudd’s more time-consuming puzzles typically reside).

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Independent 7,367 by Yorick

Posted by Simon Harris on 27th May 2010

Simon Harris.

Cursory research suggests Yorick to be a new setter for us to lock horns with, though I say that with some caution as we’ve seen familiar setters use unfamiliar pseudonyms in the past. This was an interesting puzzle, with two very long answers – anagrams of each other – forming the bulk of the across entries. Fortunately there were enough quite easy down clues to help things get going.

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Independent 7,363 by Scorpion (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 22/05/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on 27th May 2010

Simon Harris.

Whilst I used to be pretty well intimidated by Scorpion puzzles, these days I tend to enjoy them a great deal. This was the expected combination of a fairly stiff challenge and moments of humour. While not overly difficult, I did struggle with a couple, and 26ac, which may be my favourite clue here, took quite some working out.

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Guardian 25,021 / Shed

Posted by Eileen on 27th May 2010

Eileen.

Well, Andrew’s observation turned out right again. I’ve looked forward for a long time to blogging my first Shed, especially since his RHOTIC clue last year, and this didn’t disappoint. [There is  even a mini-theme of homophones, only one of which would have caused my husband [and my choirmaster] to look askance!] I found it quite a challenge [one explanation is still eluding me] but ultimately rewarding, as always. Thank you, Shed.

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Independent on Sunday 1058 by Quixote 23rd May 2010

Posted by Handel on 27th May 2010

Handel.

Well, this will be appearing on Sloggers and Betters day, so we’re looking forward to putting faces to pseudonyms. Did this relatively quickly, apart from 1 down, which we didn’t figure out until writing the blog.

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Inquisitor 1126: Area Code by Ikela

Posted by kenmac on 27th May 2010

kenmac.

Pretty easy going at first. I had the grid (with the exception of the four thematics) filled in about an hour. The thematics, however, proved a little troublesome until the penny dropped.

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