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Archive for September 18th, 2010

Independent 7,459 by Anax (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 11/09/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on 18th September 2010

Simon Harris.

After last month’s exceedingly tricky Anax puzzle, I was a little worried about this one, but it turned out to be a lot more manageable. No obvious theme, but a pangrammatic grid, if I’m not mistaken.

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Beelzebub 1,073 (12/09/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on 18th September 2010

Simon Harris.

After a few weeks of struggling, thankfully a more tractable puzzle this week. I think I managed all but a few unaided, checked all but one of the remainder in dictionaries before entry, and cheated all out to get 18ac.

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Guardian 25,113 (Sat 11 Sep)/Paul – Optimised

Posted by rightback on 18th September 2010

rightback.

Solving time: 8½ mins

Excellent stuff from Paul with an impressive grid and virtually faultless clueing. 27ac (GENE POOL) was perhaps my favourite.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 931 Pondlife by Jaques

Posted by twencelas on 18th September 2010

twencelas.

Back to a complex preamble again this week. The solver is tasked with identifying 1ac and then must act as they would to correct a PONDLIFE deficiency – in the process providing 33ac. Then they must provide a second offering to fully destroy the thematic material in the grid and its own status. To add to the confusion, potentially, and enable the wood to be discerned from the trees, there are 8 misprinted definitions and some clues with incomplete (by one letter) wordplay. And yet again for one of my blogs pencil is recommended or, in my case, more than one copy and a nice pen is required. And for me anyway, there was a choice of endings!

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