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Guardian 25,178 – Puck

Posted by Andrew on 26th November 2010

Andrew.

Puck is always entertaining, and sometimes quite tricky, and this was certainly a lot of fun. I found most of it not too difficult, but the NW corner held me up for a while at the end, There’s a bit of a theme in this one, revealed in my comment on 1,2dn.

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Guardian 25,177 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 25th November 2010

Eileen.

I’m a late substitute today, so apologies for any errors or omissions. I had plenty of smiles – and some outright laughs – with this entertaining Paul puzzle. There’s just one query – my second suspected ‘misprint’ of the week!

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Independent 7523 by Nimrod

Posted by flashling on 25th November 2010

flashling.

One equals zero? With Nimrod it does. An Ashes inspired crossword, our boys haven’t had the start we might have hoped for alas. There’s a lot of wishful thinking of ducks for the Aussie side around the grid, naturally clued as one. It is a Nimrod however, so there’s some I can’t work out.

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Financial Times 13,552 / Mudd

Posted by Gaufrid on 25th November 2010

Gaufrid.

I’m rather pleased that smiffy asked me to swap days with him this week due to his Thanksgiving celebrations as I ended up with this most enjoyable puzzle from Mudd. Probably towards the harder end of the FT spectrum, so it may not suit some solvers, but there were some good, and at times misleading, surfaces and interesting definitions.

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Beelzebub 1,082 (14/11/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on 25th November 2010

Simon Harris.

A tough week, I think. At least, I had to rely heavily on Chambers while both solving and blogging. 3dn evades my explanation for the time being.

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Financial Times 13,543 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on 25th November 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 15 November 2010
Another easy start to the week

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Financial Times 13,452 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 25th November 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of November 13

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Guardian 25,176 / Crucible

Posted by mhl on 24th November 2010

mhl.

Crucible’s puzzles are a real treat, but sadly a relatively rare one. As you’d expect if you’ve done this setter’s puzzles before, this was pretty tough, and particularly one for those who like really cryptic definition parts :) The surface readings here are exceptionally good, with only a couple that seem a little stilted…

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Financial Times 13,551 / Viking

Posted by smiffy on 24th November 2010

smiffy.

We are informed that “This is Viking’s final crossword”, and it’s a swan song that’s reassuringly familiar in style and humour to the other aspects of his generous legacy.  Several of the best clues (including 26A, 28A, 5D) employ a similar, anagram-x device to entertaining effect.

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Independent 7522/Dac

Posted by John on 24th November 2010

John.

The usual excellence from Dac today. Such smooth surfaces, and he clues everything so seamlessly and neatly. A couple I don’t understand, but they will no doubt be explained. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 1152: Tirade by Loda

Posted by HolyGhost on 24th November 2010

HolyGhost.

Midnight Saturday, guests have all gone home or gone to bed … time to pour a whisky and have a look at the crossword.
 
Ten unclued thematic entries (5 pairs); first letters of redundant words exemplify the theme which must be highlighted in the completed grid.

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Financial Times 13,550 / Armonie

Posted by Gaufrid on 23rd November 2010

Gaufrid.

I have just heard that Agentzero is down with the dreaded lurgy so I will post an analysis of the clues just as soon as I can type one up. Edit: Analysis now added.

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Sloggers and Betters Midlands Meet

Posted by Admin on 23rd November 2010

Admin.

Kathryn’s Dad has arranged a lunchtime get-together for solvers, setters and bloggers in Derby on Saturday 29th January. The details he has sent me are given below.

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Independent 7,521 by Punk

Posted by Simon Harris on 23rd November 2010

Simon Harris.

A unusual grid today, and a puzzle consisting of a relatively small number of clues, often for fairly long entries.

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Guardian 25,175 Gordius – Blogging in Brrritain

Posted by Uncle Yap on 23rd November 2010

Uncle Yap.

It was 3am in London when I started to write this blog and the temperature outside was zero. The call of the blog duty must be very strong; hence this surreal scene of a shivering Uncle Yap cracking another Gordius known for some good clues but almost always containing a slight oddity.

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