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Archive for August 7th, 2010

Beelzebub 1,067 (01/08/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on 7th August 2010

Simon Harris.

This was one of those that went in very quickly indeed, but that I couldn’t quite finish unaided. In fact, if anyone got 15ac purely from the anagram then I’d be very impressed!

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Guardian 25,077 (Sat 31 Jul)/Pasquale – Past masters

Posted by rightback on 7th August 2010

rightback.

Solving time: 12 mins

Pasquale is one of the most Ximenean of The Guardian’s setters (i.e. his clues generally make good cryptic sense) which usually means a fast solve. This wasn’t the case here, though – the clues were tricky and I didn’t know any of the four thematic answers, all of whom (Google tells me) were former Masters of the King’s Music. I don’t know whether there is any additional connection between these four men in particular.

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Independent 7423 (Sat 31-Jul) Nestor

Posted by beermagnet on 7th August 2010

beermagnet.

Nother non-numerical Nestor novelty to nonplus us.
In fact this was again not as hard as many a midweek puzzle, with firm wordplay once seen.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 925 – Gwent’s Tall Yew by Kruger

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 7th August 2010

mc_rapper67.

The full 225 letters this week (unusual for an EV recently?), so value for money from Kruger, and more to blog for your’s truly…but, to paraphrase from John Cleese’s ‘great actor’ in the Monty P sketch:
‘I don’t want you to get the impression it’s just a question of the number of letters… um… I mean, getting them in the right order is just as important’…

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