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Archive for June, 2010

Guardian 25,050 / Araucaria

Posted by mhl on 30th June 2010

mhl.

Sorry for the late (and very rushed) post – I knew I was blogging today but didn’t make much progress on the way into work and then promptly forgot about it. I wish I’d had more time to enjoy this one – lots of nice clues, but pretty tough, I thought.

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Independent 7,396 by Dac

Posted by Simon Harris on 30th June 2010

Simon Harris.

Always a pleasure to tackle a Wednesday Dac. I made pretty swift progress through this, though with a few down clues, such as 1 and 13 taking longer than I should admit. 6dn was particularly nice, I thought.

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Inquisitor 1131 – Number by Loda

Posted by kenmac on 30th June 2010

kenmac.

Probably my quickest Inquisitor ever, I had it done-and-dusted in less than an hour.

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Financial Times 13,425 / Gozo

Posted by Gaufrid on 30th June 2010

Gaufrid.

The Wednesday puzzle is usually one towards the more difficult end of the FT spectrum but not today (at least for me).

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Independent 7,395/Virgilius

Posted by Ali on 29th June 2010

Ali.

Man, this was good!

A very impressive grid construction by Virgilius, in which all bar 7 entries contain MAN, and the remaining 7 all have MAN in the clue.

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Guardian 25049 – Paul

Posted by Uncle Yap on 29th June 2010

Uncle Yap.

What a treat to blog Paul with his unique sense of humour and the dashes of risque. I learned a lot of details while searching for answers to explain each clue. Aren’t we all collectors of trivia? Normal people will know the name of the Lone Ranger’s horse but only we, crossword solvers, know the name of Don Quixote de La Mancha’s horse :-)

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Financial Times 13,424 / Armonie

Posted by Agentzero on 29th June 2010

Agentzero.

One of my favourite FT setters, Armonie always has clues with clean, natural surface readings. Maybe a few too many old chestnuts (11 across, 16 across, 18 down have been seen more than a few times, I think), but many compensating clues where definition and subsidiary indication form a seamless whole. Also, I always comment on Armonie’s economy of language, but I am always impressed by it.

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Beelzebub 1,061 (20/06/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on 28th June 2010

Simon Harris.

A tough week, I think. I haven’t been able to pull together all the elements in the wordplay for 11ac just yet.

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Guardian 25,048 – Chifonie

Posted by Andrew on 28th June 2010

Andrew.

Chifonie steps in on one of the occasional non-Rufus Mondays with a straightforward but nicely clued puzzle.

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Independent 7394 by Punk

Posted by NealH on 28th June 2010

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Azed 1986/Scotland Yard

Posted by ilancaron on 27th June 2010

ilancaron.

Sorry for the late blog… no excuses (OK other than 48 World Cup games + Wimbledon). I thought this slightly harder than the run-of-the-mill Azed (oxymoron?). No lack of the requisite mysteries.

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Everyman No. 3325 (20th June)

Posted by The Trafites on 27th June 2010

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Nothing to taxing this week, made sure I read the clues properly (which helps).  I was held up for a while this week as I hadn’t realised that I had spelt Altantic wrong!.

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Guardian 25,041 (Sat 19 Jun)/Araucaria – Suit you Sir

Posted by rightback on 26th June 2010

rightback.

Solving time: 12 mins

Another themed puzzle from Araucaria with lots of references to playing cards, both in clue answers and wordplay. I found this a pleasant enough puzzle with few significant quibbles but nothing really standing out either.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 919 Go-getters by Ifor

Posted by twencelas on 26th June 2010

twencelas.

Well – a seriously convoluted pre-amble this week. Pausing only for a sharp intake of breath, here goes - Removal of abbreviations from one clue in each even numbered down column and rearrangement of the result into a new word; 6 clues contain superfluous letter pairs, which must be identified and removed prior to solving the clue and Extra letters in the wordplay of all bar the answers, that have had abbreviations removed. And that’s not all – another sharp intake of breath – then you need to determine a word (not in Chambers) , which is to be entered as the title of the puzzle, which itself is derived, in some manner, from the additional letters in the wordplay and to finish it off the final grid is to be adjusted to achieve an “objective”. Enough to make the casual crossword -solver wait for next week’s offering, or reach for the Sudoku.  But – all in all the ingredients for a very interesting few hours cogitation. Definitely, in my view, the toughest one I’ve blogged yet. And for my second blog in a row the recommended use of a pencil first!

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Independent 7392 by Phi

Posted by nmsindy on 25th June 2010

nmsindy.

Always have confidence with Phi that I will get there, this puzzle was no exception, solving time 23 mins.

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