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Independent 7527 by Anax

Posted by flashling on 30th November 2010

flashling.

Nestor, Nimrod now Anax. This crossword is a tribute to …

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Guardian 25,181 Paul for Autumnal Treat

Posted by Uncle Yap on 30th November 2010

Uncle Yap.

I might have guessed that on the day of the first Meet The Guardian Team that the featured setter would have his puzzle published. Well, I have travelled some 7,000 miles to a bitterly cold London (it even started snowing last night or this morning) to attend and I know a treat awaits tonight.

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Financial Times 13,556 / Gurney

Posted by Agentzero on 30th November 2010

Agentzero.

A new setter, or a new pseudonym for an established setter who is new to the FT? I’m not sure, although there is something vaguely familiar about the style–reminiscent of both Armonie (the concision) and Rufus/Dante (the cd’s). Either way, welcome!  If this is indeed a new setter, this is an impressive debut–very smooth and accomplished.  Personal favourites were 8 down (an &lit.) and 23 across. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 25,180 / Brendan

Posted by mhl on 29th November 2010

mhl.

Sorry for a very rushed post today – there’s part of 22 across that I can’t see, I’m afraid. This was an excellent puzzle from Brendan – my favourites here in particular are the two &lits.

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Guardian Quiptic 576/Hectence

Posted by Pierre on 29th November 2010

Pierre.
A pleasing puzzle from Hectence, with a couple of very clever clues as well as some tricky ones.

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Independent 7526 by Hypnos

Posted by NealH on 29th November 2010

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Independent on Sunday 1,084 by Quixote

Posted by Simon Harris on 28th November 2010

Simon Harris.

This is my first attempt at blogging a Sunday Quixote (well, technically it’s my second due to my mixing up the dates, but that’s another story), so I hope I can do it justice. Despite the extra pressure of knowing I would have to explain things, I found this quite a smooth and relatively quick solve.

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Beelzebub 1,083 (21/11/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on 28th November 2010

Simon Harris.

A good week – not too hard or too easy, though the SW corner put up a fight for me. Highlights were learning that there is an anagram of GYMNAST, and that there is a word that ends in -AGD!

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Azed 2008: Sunday 21 November

Posted by jetdoc on 28th November 2010

jetdoc.

A mostly straightforward Azed, with a few that held me up for a while and needed to be checked in Chambers (like the definition of ‘office’ in 19a).

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Everyman No. 3347 (21st November)

Posted by The Trafites on 28th November 2010

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Hi fellow solvers, nothing too difficult this week, but had to look up 17d after managing to work out the answer but did not know it was the capital of Estonia.  First in was 22ac, spotted it immediately when scanning through the clues which I do every week to get the easy ones in to get me up and running.  Nick always puts a few links in for me every week, I hope you find them enjoyable.  Thank you Everyman, especially for the anagrams which I enjoy so much.

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Guardian 25,173 (Sat 20 Nov)/Bonxie – Cobblers

Posted by rightback on 27th November 2010

rightback.

Solving time: 14 mins

This may have been Bonxie’s first prize puzzle in the Guardian, in which case my congratulations to the setter. There were some nice ideas here but on close analysis some of the clues didn’t make a lot of sense. On reflection, several of the Guardianisms I winced at when solving are just about tolerable, e.g. ‘editor first’ = E and lots of surface-reading punctuation that needed to be ignored, but others, such as ‘headline’ = L (18ac), the meaningless constructions at 2dn and 23dn and the truly awful 19dn, were taking things much too far for me. Mind you, my performance was also dreadful, with particular slowness on 12dn (WHOLE), 20dn (PIRATE) and 21ac (CONTAINER).

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Independent 7519 (Sat 20-Nov) Anax

Posted by beermagnet on 27th November 2010

beermagnet.

A Leo Tolstoy themed puzzle because 20-Nov-2010 was exactly 100 years since the great man’s death.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 941 – The Sign of Four by Salamanca

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 27th November 2010

mc_rapper67.

A fellow EV blogger recently mused on the ‘blogger’s nightmare’ of being allocated a puzzle he/she can’t get to the bottom of. Well, here’s an example (unless the penny drops some time between writing this up and posting it!)… The preamble talks of ‘the most abstruse cryptogram’, a ‘seven percent solution’, signs, gifts and interpretations linked to the theme of ‘FOUR’, and some ‘imaginative’ picturing of items in the grid. It all turned out to be a FOUR-pipe problem, far from elementary, and defeated my best efforts at detection.

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Independent 7,524/Phi

Posted by Ali on 26th November 2010

Ali.

Lovely stuff as ever from Phi. Nothing overly difficult here, but great clueing and a fine range of cryptic devices.

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Financial Times 13,553 / Falcon

Posted by shuchi on 26th November 2010

shuchi.

Probably an easy ride for someone who’s well up on alcoholic drinks. Given my modest knowledge of the subject, I had a bit of a struggle with some of the answers but the wordplay was helpful throughout.

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