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Archive for September 6th, 2010

Guardian 25108 / Rufus

Posted by mhl on 6th September 2010

mhl.

As usual, a gentle but enjoyable start to the week from Rufus. I found the last two long down clues the only tougher bits here. For once I managed to resist putting in any wrong answers before getting the checking letters, which is a small personal achievement :) There’s no PDF on the Guardian’s site again, disappointingly.

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Independent 7454 by Klingsor

Posted by NealH on 6th September 2010

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Guardian Quiptic 564 / Rover

Posted by Pierre on 6th September 2010

Pierre.

The third Monday of Fifteensquared’s coverage of the Quiptic, with two super blogs already from Gaufrid and Stella. No pressure, then …   Before his death earlier this year, Rover was a regular setter of the Guardian cryptic, so whether this is one of his ‘easier’ puzzles or whether it was set specifically for the Quiptic, I’m not sure.

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Guardian Genius 86 – Enigmatist: Me, me, me

Posted by Andrew on 6th September 2010

Andrew.

The special instructions were quite clear, but it took a few readings, and a few answers, beofre I fully got the sense of them. Apart from that, this puzzle turned out less daunting than it seemed at first, but still a challenge, and satisfying to finish. The sixteen answers involved in the eight phrases are shown in blue below; the extra letters from the other clues are shown in red, spelling out EGOCENTRIC and SELF-CENTRED. “I AM” is the answer that appears in all eight phrases (in fact it occurs twice in one of them), and “THE” occurs four times, though I can’t find a phrase involving PLAYING and GREAT. I also can’t explain the clue for 11dn, so suggestion welcome (I can’t even cheat by looking at the website, as there is no annotated solution (yet)). The phrases (as far as I can work out) and their sources are:

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