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Archive for September, 2010

Private Eye/Cyclops 426 – Crabby diddle

Posted by beermagnet on 27th September 2010


I got one wrong.  And I even sent in my entry for the prize competition with it wrong.
So I’m expecting my entry to be picked from the gazillions – and then rejected.  And then it’ll be another 400 years before I’m picked again, on average.  So I’ll just have to console myself with another pint. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent on Sunday 1075 by Quixote – 19th September 2010

Posted by Handel on 26th September 2010


A much easier outing this week than last, which H did comfortably over his lunch hour. Some very nice touches (16ac and 21ac were our favourites) together with unexotic vocabulary would make this ideal beginners’ fare.

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Everyman 3338 (19 Sept.)

Posted by Gaufrid on 26th September 2010


Arthur is having problems with his computer so I am standing in this week. For me this was a gentle Sunday morning warm-up prior to the stiffer challenges of Azed.

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Azed 1999

Posted by John on 26th September 2010


With the exception of one or two answers that are still beyond me, I found this very much the usual Azed, with good sound wordplay. Much wading through Chambers: Azed always seems to choose a word which when you painstakingly look it up then redirects you to some other spelling. But if you’re going to attempt one of these you’ve got to put up with that. It’s par for the course. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beelzebub 1,074 (19/09/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on 25th September 2010

Simon Harris.

Almost an unaided finish this week, albeit with a couple of slips, and I wasn’t quite brave enough to guess 24dn without a bit of research.

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Guardian 25,119 (Sat 18 Sep)/Brummie – Spice girls

Posted by rightback on 25th September 2010


Solving time: 8½ mins

This puzzle was themed on the nursery rhyme about little boys being made of frogs and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails and little girls of sugar and spice and all that’s nice. There was a Listener crossword on this subject within the last year or so but I was still slow to spot ‘frogs’ (I think the version I originally knew had ‘slugs’).

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Enigmatic Variations 932 / Myth on Pariah by Charybdis

Posted by Gaufrid on 25th September 2010


Unless I have missed something, always a possibility, I think there is a (minor) flaw in one of the thematic groups (see below).

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Independent 7465 by Tyrus – Saturday Prize Puzzle 18 September 2010

Posted by duncanshiell on 25th September 2010


I solved most of this on a long car journey and didn’t find it too difficult once the long answer at 14/29/1D had fallen.

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Independent 7470/Phi

Posted by John on 24th September 2010


As usual, an utterly satisfactory crossword from Phi. There are some less than A-list place names, but before anyone complains they should remember that Phi lives in New Zealand, so he has as much right as anyone not to know them; there’s a composer who will not be well-known to those of certain tastes, and there are one or two rather unusual words, there no doubt to accommodate some Nina that as usual I can’t see. Unless it’s that all the words in the grid use letters that are in ‘Flamborough Head’, which is probably not it: this sort of thing must often occur.

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Financial Times 13,499 / Orense

Posted by shuchi on 24th September 2010


A transportation-themed crossword from Orense, with clues as well as solutions covering the spectrum from airplanes to bicycles. Nice and gentle to solve. No obscure vocabulary – a commendable feat for a themed puzzle.

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Guardian 25,124 – Gordius

Posted by manehi on 24th September 2010


Many happy returns, Gordius. I got into this quickly then struggled with the last few clues. Still unsure about some wordplay, and 24dn was a new word for me. 8 and 25 made me smile. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 7469 by Nimrod

Posted by flashling on 23rd September 2010


Well I suppose I was due a tough one and in my view this was hard with several I can’t justify. There is a perimeter Nina whose significance I can’t see either. All suggestions welcome.

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Financial Times 13,498 / Falcon

Posted by smiffy on 23rd September 2010


Much of this flowed pretty readily from an instantly-solved 1A.  Ended up with a slight lack of “20-20″ vision, as I was unfamiliar with the answers at 20A and 20D; both were generously clued, however.  A couple of ripsnorting clues in here today, so please stand up and take a bow numbers 29A and 4D.

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Guardian 25,123 – Paul

Posted by Andrew on 23rd September 2010


It’s been a good Guardian week so far, and Paul continues the pattern with this entertaining puzzle. There were a few particularly easy clues to give a good start, and the rest weren’t too hard to finish off. There’s none of Paul’s characteristic mild smuttiness as far as I can see, but lots of other amusement, particularly in 1ac, 9/22 and 20/3.

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Financial Times 13,489 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 23rd September 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 13 September 2010
Welcome back, Dante to this familiar spot. As expected, a fun-filled easy stroll to start off the FT week; except possibly for a couple of hard-boiled eggs which caused me pause until Chambers set me at ease

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