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Archive for November 17th, 2010

Independent 7,516 by Dac

Posted by Simon Harris on 17th November 2010

Simon Harris.

I thought this was rather good. This was certainly quite challenging, at least for me. Many clues took a lot of working out, and also a lot of discipline not be be misled by the remarkably smooth surface readings. I did think I might not finish, but everything fell into place nicely.

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Guardian 25,170 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 17th November 2010


This was a real treat – a beautifully constructed puzzle with a clever theme, the musical part of which was right up my street. [If this were an Araucaria or a Gordius puzzle, I’d be ready to field criticisms to the effect that it was all somewhat passé – but Paul’s a youngster himself!] I’ve seen the double definition of 20dn exploited before in individual clues but I don’t remember seeing it further developed, as here.

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Financial Times 13,545 / Cinephile

Posted by Gaufrid on 17th November 2010


It’s Wednesday so there is a good chance that we will see Cinephile, this time with one of his ‘XX has the same meaning throughout’ puzzles. A pleasant stroll on a very wet and very windy morning.

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Inquisitor 1151 – On the Rebound by Kruger

Posted by kenmac on 17th November 2010


This puzzle contained a device I’d never seen before, which, at first glance looked like it was going to prove troublesome. In the end, however, it was fairly easy-going. Each entry had to rebound off its terminal bar, thus if the word KENMAC was to be entered in a 5-letter space, the final C would rebound and the answer would be KENMC (the C overwriting the A as it rebounds.) In a 4-letter space the A & C would rebound, overwriting the M & N, respectively, giving KECA. In a 3-letter space, the M, AC would overwrite N, EK, respectively, giving CAM. No answer was more than twice its entry length so, for example, the answers to the 4-letter entries could be anywhere from 5 to 8 letters long and the 12-letter entries could be anywhere from 13 to 24 letters long.

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