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Archive for July, 2010

Guardian 25,074 / Gordius

Posted by Eileen on 28th July 2010

Eileen.

I must admit I enjoyed this more than I expected when I saw the name of the setter. There were, perhaps, rather a lot of anagrams – some good ones, though,  a couple of unfamiliar words [fairly clued] and some nice surfaces.  I have fewer quibbles than I usually have with this setter.

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Independent 7,419/Virgilius

Posted by Ali on 27th July 2010

Ali.

A characteristically clever puzzle from Virgilius, with plenty of thematic stuff to chew on in the clues and completed grid. x and y can be used in cryptic clues in a variety of guises, nearly all of which appear to be covered here! Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 13,448 / Jason

Posted by Gaufrid on 27th July 2010

Gaufrid.

Agentzero has been delayed whilst returning home from a business trip so here is my analysis of today’s puzzle.

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Guardian 25073 – Paul

Posted by Uncle Yap on 27th July 2010

Uncle Yap.

Life is good. Last week, I drew The Master and then we all had a fantastic bonanza of John/Jane wedding puzzles for the weekend and today I get to blog Paul, another one of my favourites, following so closely after yesterday’s Mudd in FT. Paul was, as usual, challenging as well as humorously entertaining.

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Independent 7418 by Glow-Worm

Posted by NealH on 26th July 2010

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Guardian 25,072 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 26th July 2010

Andrew.

This was slightly harder than the average Rufus, I thought – most of it was straightforward as usual, but the last few answers held me up longer than usual. There were a couple of double definitions that I found rather unsatisfactory, and I had one or two other niggles too. On the other hand, 18dn was a particularly nice clue.

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Azed 1990 – Troy Troy Troy again

Posted by Andrew on 25th July 2010

Andrew.

A pretty easy Azed this week: with some judicious guessing of unfamiliar words (which one gets quite good at after solving these puzzles for several decades) I managed to finish this in less than an hour with no aids at all. On the other hand, writing up the blog has required numerous references to Chambers to confirm the details. Read the rest of this entry »

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Everyman No. 3329 (18th July)

Posted by The Trafites on 25th July 2010

The Trafites.

The Trafites:  Due to a sad week, the blog was a bit rushed today;  this in memory of my dear wife’s brother, Polly, who died on Friday.

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Guardian 25,065 (Sat 17 Jul)/Paul – Spooner module

Posted by rightback on 24th July 2010

rightback.

Solving time: 11 mins

This was really fun to solve and included six examples of Spoonerisms, where the initial sounds of a two-word phrase are switched. Most of the other clues were straightforward but three answers (DOTTED LINE, IGLOO and PROXY) had me stumped for several minutes.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 923 Upward Motion by kcit

Posted by twencelas on 24th July 2010

twencelas.

So a relatively simple preamble this week. Two unclued answers, some answers that don’t fill their available space and some UPWARD MOTION to fill the spaces at the end. All the clues are straight cryptic with nothing hidden – Sounds like an entry-level EV to me, but is it? But more importantly, I can use my pen again!

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Independent 7416 by Nimrod

Posted by nmsindy on 23rd July 2010

nmsindy.

A special puzzle to mark a special day as Nimrod and Jetdoc marry.   A puzzle that nmsindy found extremely hard with a massive anagram, eventually after about 2 hours had to confess defeat on that and on some other clues.    Did get fairly far with it but could not crack the SE corner and even with quite a few letters could not see the long entry tho MARRIED looked part of it all right.    Many thanks to Gaufrid for explaining those ones I missed.    

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Guardian 25070 / Enigmatist

Posted by mhl on 23rd July 2010

mhl.

As usual, a tough but entertaining and clever puzzle from Enigmatist. I can’t parse a couple of them, I’m afraid, so please help out in the comments below if you understand them. (Resolved now, thanks!) Thanks to Andrew for pointing out that the long clues here relate to a happy annoucement elsewhere here!

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Financial Times 13,445 / IO

Posted by shuchi on 23rd July 2010

shuchi.

John Henderson (IO) is getting married to Jane Teather (known in crossword circles as jetdoc) today. This puzzle is a tribute.

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Today’s Indy

Posted by Gaufrid on 23rd July 2010

Gaufrid.

Eimi has advised me that “the enumeration for the long answer in today’s online Indy crossword should be: (4,4,2,4,3,4,7,4,3,2,3,6,3,5,2,3,4)”.

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Independent 7,411 by Eimi (Saturday prize Puzzle, 17/07/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on 22nd July 2010

Simon Harris.

A fairly challenging but ultimately manageable themed puzzle from Eimi this week, published the day before the quatercentenary of the death of 1ac. I must admit I solved the whole thing without spotting the theme at all, knowing very little about the artist in question. Thus, I’ve had to do a fair bit of swotting up in order to blog this, and I’m sure that if I’ve missed any references or introduced any inaccuracies, readers will be quick to jump in and help me out.

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