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Archive for May, 2010

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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Independent 7366 by Dac

Posted by nmsindy on 26th May 2010


The usual excellent puzzle from Dac, quite easy to start but nmsindy’s unfamiliarity with films and dogs  slowed me up a bit at the end, solving time 23 mins.

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Financial Times 13,395 / Cinephile

Posted by Gaufrid on 26th May 2010


Despite a less than friendly grid that only linked the four corners by one across and one down light, I thoroughly enjoyed this puzzle which had some trademark clues.

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Guardian 25,020 – Audreus

Posted by Andrew on 26th May 2010


There were no Audreus puzzles for over a year, but now we’ve had two from her in fairly quick succession (the last was on 9th April). On past form it’s a fairly safe prediction that Thursday’s setter will be Shed, who is Audreus’s son. This one was very straightforward but enjoyable in a gentle way.

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Financial Times 13,394 / Neo

Posted by Gaufrid on 25th May 2010


Agentzero is busy today so I’m afraid you will have to put up with me (again!).

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Guardian 25,019 – Gordius

Posted by Uncle Yap on 25th May 2010

Uncle Yap.

Gordius follows Gordius and today’s offering is just as varied and quite a delight to solve. Nothing very complicated except possibly for 11Down where there appeared to be a hard-boiled egg in the soup.
Before I forget, I must thank Gaufrid for so ably covering for me when I visited Shanghai recently to attend the World Expo. I must say I was impressed with the British Pavilion which featured The Dandelion, a very artistic and innovative presentation, made from 60,000 Perspex spines, each containing a seed, which sway gently in the breeze.

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Independent 7365/Mordred

Posted by John on 25th May 2010


Well thank goodness for the cheat facility on the website. Without it I’d never have completed this: all the clues contain the name of some literary work, and often they are very clever, but many of them leave me cold, either because I’m not understanding them properly or because they seem to be a rather laboured way of connecting the answer to the book.

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Independent 7364 by Eimi

Posted by NealH on 24th May 2010


*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Guardian 25,018 by Rufus

Posted by Handel on 24th May 2010


Ahoy there, me hearties. Another sail on the high seas of Rufus. Lots of double definitions this time, which can leave us ‘all at sea’, but in this instance we made it to the shore in reasonable time.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 417 – Percentage, percentage, percentage

Posted by beermagnet on 24th May 2010


I was knocking off these clues without too much trouble but did think more than once that they were quite convoluted.  It took 20 Min – only about ½ pint – drinking slowly – I’d already had a couple while failing to finish that Saturday’s Indy.  So that’s obviously a good warm up routine.  I got off to a flying start with the long answer 14/17/21 where I thought of it from the definition and enumeration, then wordplay confirmed.  But what’s with all the %age clues? 20% here 40% there 66% of the other, all using essentially the same wordplay method.  Am I missing a theme? Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 1981: Marmite and curry

Posted by bridgesong on 23rd May 2010


A fairly straightforward puzzle this week, which took me a little over two hours to solve, although there were the usual number of obscure and unfamiliar words. No major quibbles, except for one about enumeration.

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Everyman 3320

Posted by Arthur on 23rd May 2010


True vintage Everyman this week, in my opinion. Not a single word in the solution that required me to check its definition or an obscure place name to stop me in my tracks. That’s not to say it was particularly straightforward with some beautifully well hidden definitions and subtle cluing all over the shop. Basically, if I was trying to find a crossword to show people exactly how cryptic crosswords and cryptic clues work, I wouldn’t hesitate to use this one. Great stuff. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beelzebub 1,056 (16/05/2010)

Posted by Simon Harris on 22nd May 2010

Simon Harris.

I found this to be an average week, in terms of difficulty. There remain one or two details that elude me for the time being.

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Enigmatic Variations 914: Opus by Hypnos

Posted by Dave Hennings on 22nd May 2010

Dave Hennings.

This is the sixth Enigmatic Variations puzzle by Hypnos since the EV blog started at fifteensquared about 18 months ago, and I’ve done four of them! They are usually good fun, so I tackle this with relish.

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