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Archive for September, 2010

Financial Times 13,504 / Flimsy

Posted by smiffy on 30th September 2010

smiffy.

Plenty of Flimsy whimsy in evidence today, although I thought that a couple of clues (12A, 19A) were, in part, too lazily self-referential.  On the plus side, I learned a geographic factoid courtesy of fact-checking the clue to 10A.

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Independent 7475/Morph

Posted by John on 30th September 2010

John.

An excellent crossword from Morph today. There are still some that I can’t see but I’m sure they will be explained by someone. As for a Nina, I suspect there is one since there are many different references (Beatles, Chuck Berry, various songs and books, cricket, the internet …) but I’m not sure what. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 25,129 / Araucaria

Posted by Handel on 30th September 2010

Handel.

We’re both rather bleary-eyed today, so apologies for any typos. This was about as easy as Araucaria gets, but had lots of nice touches which made for a light, enjoyable solve. A few nitpicks on reflection, but generally these applied to clues with very gettable definitions (e.g. 23dn) so they didn’t cause any major delays.

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Financial Times 13,495 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on 30th September 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 20 September 2010
Another light and easy week-opener from Crux.

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Financial Times 13,494 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 30th September 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of September 18

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Independent – 7474 by DAC

Posted by flashling on 29th September 2010

flashling.

A lot of double definitions today it seems. Usual good stuff from Dac but I don’t get the wordplay for 21d

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Guardian 25128 / Pasquale

Posted by mhl on 29th September 2010

mhl.

This was a very high quality puzzle from Pasquale, but unfortunately too tough for me complete in the time I have available on a weekday. There are several new words or phrases for me here (e.g. 18a, 23a, 5d, 19d, 22d) so this was quite educational :)

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Financial Times 13,503 / Cinephile

Posted by Gaufrid on 29th September 2010

Gaufrid.

An easy (by Cinephile standards) but enjoyable solve today. No particularly outstanding clues but equally none of the customary liberties, though I rather liked the definition in 17dn.

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Inquisitor 1144, Pairs at play by Raich

Posted by Hihoba on 29th September 2010

Hihoba.

Interesting theme and an entertaining solve. My first reaction was that there seemed an awful lot to keep track of in the extensive rubric!

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Financial Times 13,502 / Armonie

Posted by Agentzero on 28th September 2010

Agentzero.

A few new words for me today: 19 across and 20 down. Fortunately for me the wordplay was straightforward in both cases. Favourite clue of the day was 4 across.  12 across is also a very nice dd. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 25,127 / Paul

Posted by Uncle Yap on 28th September 2010

Uncle Yap.

Another mastery offering from one of my favourite setters who is a deft hand at combining devilry and humour with a touch of risque in most of his puzzles. However challenging his clues may be, he always provides the occasions when you cannot help but laugh aloud.

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Independent 7,473 by Raich

Posted by Simon Harris on 28th September 2010

Simon Harris.

Always nice to see a Raich puzzle. This one seemed really quite straighforward, though the NE corner held me up for a bit while the final few entries fell into place.

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Independent 7472 by Nitsy

Posted by nmsindy on 27th September 2010

nmsindy.

Nice puzzle by Nitsy which varied from quite easy in places to quite tricky, solving time 32 mins.

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Guardian Quiptic 567 / Don Putnam

Posted by Pierre on 27th September 2010

Pierre.
I thought this was a sound puzzle for those at the start of their cryptic solving careers. Some straightforward solves to get you going with some crossing letters, and then the rest falling into place with a bit of pencil-chewing.  I’ve tried to give full explanations for the solutions to help newer solvers.

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Guardian 25,126 / Brendan

Posted by Eileen on 27th September 2010

Eileen.

It’s always rather disorientating not to start the week with Rufus but even more so to see Brendan’s name on a Monday puzzle. However, this was more straightforward than many of his, since the entertaining theme was clearly spelled out in the middle row and then exploited to the full. Impeccable cluing, as ever, and some neat misdirection. Many thanks, Brendan, for a great start to the week.

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