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Archive for May 27th, 2010

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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Financial Times 13,387 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 27th May 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 17 May 2010
Once again, a gentle start to the week with the maestro of the slick and smooth clues. However, I do  have an aversion to repetition of the same device in the same puzzle (see 11 Down)

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Financial Times 13,386 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 27th May 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of May 15
I consider this an outstanding puzzle by Mudd. He gives us a lot of clever cryptic definitions (e.g. 1A, 13A, 6D), some clues that I found challenging (mostly in the top-right) and one that I was not able to fully figure out (10D).

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