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Archive for July 1st, 2010

Financial Times 13,426 – Falcon

Posted by smiffy on 1st July 2010


If it waddles like a Falcon and quacks like a Falcon then it’s probably a Falcon.  An engaging solve, while it lasted, but ultimately a short-lived skirmish.

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Independent 7397 by Nimrod

Posted by nmsindy on 1st July 2010


A fine puzzle in Nimrod’s very distinctive style.   On the hard side, as one expects from Nimrod.  Solving time, 41 mins.

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Independent 7393 (Sat 26 June) – Bannsider

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 1st July 2010


I found this very good but also very tough indeed, solved in a couple of sessions which came to about 45 minutes when I just had 24D left to complete. It took me another 5-10 minutes to tumble to the reason why DYED was the right answer. I also had one wrong answer. No complaints except the muttering at 11D – there are lots of really original clues in this puzzle, and that’s also why it’s hard (he says, awaiting the news that someone did it in 10 minutes).

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Guardian 25,051 / Boatman

Posted by Gaufrid on 1st July 2010


We don’t see Boatman very often which is a pity since he usually provides an enjoyable challenge and this was no exception, despite my having a couple of quibbles (though this could just be me not parsing the clues correctly). Overall, this was definitely not a puzzle for beginners!

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Independent on Sunday 1063 by Quixote – 27 June 2010

Posted by Handel on 1st July 2010


Our first blog as husband and wife, completed in true Handel style, with a pint of ale in Stockwell’s uncharacteristically sophisticated pub The Canton Arms.

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Financial Times 13,417 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 1st July 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 21 June 2010
Another painless way to start the week, solving smooth clues and enjoying slick surfaces

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Financial Times 13,416 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 1st July 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of June 19
I found this puzzle considerably more challenging than most Cincinnuses although not quite as difficult as that really tough one he gave us a while back. I am unable to figure out the wordplay of 10A but am guessing that GLORIA is the solution as it is the only word I can find that fits. I think the stand-out clues here are 9A (CONSERVE), 13A (DETRACTOR) and 11D (STAB).

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