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Archive for October 23rd, 2010

Guardian 25,143 (Sat 16 Nov)/Paul – Brandy flap

Posted by rightback on 23rd October 2010

rightback.

Solving time: 8½ minutes

A good puzzle from Paul which I made considerably more difficult for myself with a wrong answer at 1ac. There were several cross-referenced clues, including a couple of related Europeans at 16ac/22sn and 19dn/14ac.

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Independent 7,479 Prize Puzzle/Nimrod

Posted by Ali on 23rd October 2010

Ali.

Nimrod’s been in for a bit of stick with some of his recent Indy puzzles, but I doubt that there’s anything in here to create such a fuss. This was a good, tough, prize puzzle with solid clueing. Too tough for me in places, so I’ll need to defer to the great and good for help on one or two clues. Read the rest of this entry »

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Enigmatic Variations No.936 – Four Quarters by Giovanni

Posted by Mister Sting on 23rd October 2010

Mister Sting.

This brought back happy memories of the very first EV that I completed. That one also used this format (splitting the grid into quarters). It wasn’t that long ago, so if you’ve been doing these for a while, you’ll probably remember it. I do, however, tend to be a little nervous around anything that threatens a lot of ‘cold’ solving, though. The worry is that one won’t build up the necessary escape velocity/achieve critical mass/other misplaced physics metaphor and that the connections that aid one along (assuming that one needs a small hint to discover what the ancient Egyptians called the soul) won’t be forthcoming.

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