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Archive for June, 2010

Financial Times 13,418 / Courtier

Posted by Agentzero on 22nd June 2010

Agentzero.

This is at least the third year running that “Courtier” has posted a puzzle with a timely theme.  Presumably it is one of the usual setters using a different pseudonym.  Any guesses?  I think the style is reminiscent of Armonie.

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Guardian 25,043 – Pasquale

Posted by Uncle Yap on 22nd June 2010

Uncle Yap.

Solving this puzzle was pretty routine and amusing, given that The Don is always scrupulously fair. However, writing a blog and explaining each and every wordplay is another thing and took me ages. Even then, a few items escaped me.

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Independent 7388 by Eimi

Posted by NealH on 21st June 2010

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Guardian 25,042 / Rufus

Posted by Gaufrid on 21st June 2010

Gaufrid.

A very easy start to the week and one completed rather quickly whilst watching the sun rise on the summer solstice.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 419 – Big Nancy

Posted by beermagnet on 21st June 2010

beermagnet.

I must be getting better at these.
Another Eye crossy that was knocked off without raising a sweat.
The long giveaway answer gave away lots of crossing letters and everything else slotted in with no hold-ups. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 1985

Posted by John on 20th June 2010

John.

The usual pleasurable experience. All the clues are utterly sound and you know you’ll get there in the end, even if the progress is a bit slow. The words are — in this crossword it seems exceptionally — incredibly difficult and one spends ages wading through Chambers. Often one knows what the answer must be but simply doesn’t know words along the way. Read the rest of this entry »

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Everyman 3324

Posted by Arthur on 20th June 2010

Arthur.

A few slightly more obscure answers and a little fiendish wordplay here and there (8dn in particular) made this one a bit tricky, but hopefully pretty fair. Some lovely surfaces dotted about too. I particularly liked 25ac and 3dn. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 25,035 (Sat 12 June) / Paul

Posted by Gaufrid on 19th June 2010

Gaufrid.

I don’t know what has happened to rightback this week unless he has been drowning his sorrows due to the recent England performances (though England have just beaten the Wallabies :) ).

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Enigmatic Variations 918: Motorworks by Piccadilly

Posted by Dave Hennings on 19th June 2010

Dave Hennings.

Well, it seems that I’m the blogger that gets saddled with all the EVs involving jumbled entries! There are twenty extra words in clues to be discovered, paired and jumbled to form the unclued entries and an (presumably the) author. The remaining sixteen answers are to be jumbled.

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Independent 7,386 by Phi

Posted by Simon Harris on 18th June 2010

Simon Harris.

An enjoyable and fairly challenging Friday Phi. The grid seemed to fill from the bottom up for me, and I was perhaps held up by some unfamiliar terms, for example at 15ac and 19ac. Still, those proved to be solvable from wordplay and checking letters, so all in all a very pleasing solve.

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Financial Times 13,415 / Viking

Posted by shuchi on 18th June 2010

shuchi.

A fine offering from Viking. The SE corner was tricky to unravel, the rest of the answers fell into place without hiccups though the wordplay took more time to work out.

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Guardian 25,040 / Bonxie

Posted by Eileen on 18th June 2010

Eileen.

An entertaining puzzle from Bonxie, featuring references to Guardian crossword compilers, past and present. [I must admit to having forgotten some of them.] Lots of clever surfaces and wordplay.

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Independent 7381 by Phi (Saturday Prize Puzzle 12 June 2010)

Posted by duncanshiell on 17th June 2010

duncanshiell.

My most recent Inquisitor blog was a puzzle by Phi, as is this.  I said in the Inquisitor blog that I enjoy Phi’s cluing.  It is unambiguous and often very clever.

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Independent 7,385/Tees

Posted by Ali on 17th June 2010

Ali.

Thursdays are never particularly easy in the Indy and, after an initial run through of the clues on this one, I thought I’d be relying heavily on the online cheat facility by the time I got to work. Once I eventually cracked the long anagram though, the grid opened up and I managed to polish it off just before I got off the bus.

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Beelzebub 1,059 (06/06/2010)

Posted by Simon Harris on 17th June 2010

Simon Harris.

Apologies for a delayed post again. The usual top quality puzzle, with the bonus of several good long anagrams this week. I think I found this one of average difficulty, but made life harder for myself by writing in SERENE at 21dn without fully understanding why.

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