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Archive for August 28th, 2010

Guardian 25,095 (Sat 21 Aug)/Araucaria – Any colour as long as it’s black and white

Posted by rightback on 28th August 2010

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Solving time: 8 mins

I found this the most enjoyable Araucaria I’ve done for a good while. The surface readings almost all made good sense and the cryptic indications were much more accurate and less padded out that usual. As so often, the two multi-word phrases might as well have been unclued as I left them at first and then built them up from the checking letters only, but at least their wordplays were accessible. My favourites were probably 13ac (EVIL) and 14ac (ORPHANAGES) but there were few I didn’t like in this.

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Independent 7441 by Scorpion (Saturday 21 August)

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 28th August 2010

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Solving time: About 38 minutes says my copy, but I think this includes an arbitrary penalty for running out of patience and looking up the posssibilities for 5D, which was a bit poor on my part. Overall I thought it was a bit easier than the previous Saturday’s Anax puzzle, but only a bit. The fairly black outer edge had me watching out for some theme or a message in the grid, but I didn’t spot anything, which may be a cue for an egg on face moment.

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Enigmatic Variations No.928 – Leonard’s Puzzled by Rustic

Posted by Mister Sting on 28th August 2010

Mister Sting.

A smaller grid this week – only 121 blank squares, instead of the normal 169. Will this translate into a shorter solving time?

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