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Archive for May 6th, 2010

Independent 7349 by Morph

Posted by nmsindy on 6th May 2010

nmsindy.

A fine puzzle, themed for General Election day in the UK.   A lot of clues had political references but quite a few were nicely misleading with the answers having nothing to do with it!   Slightly harder than average Indy for me, solving time 37 mins.

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Financial Times 13,378 / Phssthpok

Posted by Gaufrid on 6th May 2010

Gaufrid.

This is now two tricky ones in a row. Whereas yesterday’s puzzle was hard(ish) but fair, today’s was made more difficult by some decidedly dodgy clues. I may appear to be a little harsh in my observations that follow but I do believe that it should be possible to verify all parts of a clue (wordplay and answer) in one of the three usual references (Chambers, Collins or COED) and that the correct parts of speech should be observed. I’m afraid that I found this puzzle lacking in both respects.

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Guardian 25,003 / Pasquale

Posted by mhl on 6th May 2010

mhl.

An excellent crossword from Pasquale today, notable for me because of three great &lits, but with many other enjoyable clues as well.

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Independent 7345 by Nestor – Sat 1st May

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 6th May 2010

petebiddlecombe.

Just about the perfect Saturday puzzle for me – challenging enough to take my Times average time plus 50%, but not hard enough for there to be any serious doubt about finishing it. Lots of interesting words in the grid, with only 10 EMCEE and 20 EVADES seeming like standard grid-fill. And a there’s a running theme of popular fiction or modern culture – I think only Hindu reincarnation and the Biblical Aaron’s Rod hark back further than 1900 (OK – let’s add mention of “Tess” in the surface of 1A). Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent on Sunday 1055 by Quixote 2nd May 2010

Posted by Handel on 6th May 2010

Handel.

An easier solve this week than last, with only 13dn causing any real problems. The anagram was perfectly clear, but it still took a while to figure out what the word was. The ‘brain-damaged/Brian’ pair of clues were a nice touch.

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Inquisitor 1123 – Trendier Days by Raich

Posted by duncanshiell on 6th May 2010

duncanshiell.

Raich is a setter with an increasing output.  To my knowledge, he has set Independent blocked crosswords, Listeners, Inquisitors and has a blocked crossword in the latest Magpie.  I have acted as a test solver for Raich on a couple of occasions, but not for this puzzle.

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Financial Times 13,369 – Mudd

Posted by Uncle Yap on 6th May 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 26 April 2010
A gentle week opener with many different devices and mostly with lovely surface reading. Easy but enjoyable.

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Financial Times 13,368

Posted by Pete Maclean on 6th May 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of April 24
Here we have a few rather standard clues (6A, 25A) along with a few gems (10A, 11A and 21D). As usual, I found it very satisfying.

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