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Archive for December, 2010

Independent 7,553 / Eimi – He’s behind you!

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 31st December 2010

RatkojaRiku.

An enjoyable solve from Eimi to bring this year’s batch of Indy crosswords to an end. An unannounced seasonal theme added an extra layer of entertainment to the puzzle, with the panto season now in full swing.

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Indy – Review of 2010

Posted by nmsindy on 31st December 2010

nmsindy.

As in former years, I noted down my solving times for Indy puzzles in 2010.     I do not approach puzzles in ‘race the clock’ mode, but always found it interesting to note the solving times especially to compare the setters.     The average solving time for a setter’s puzzles is irrelevant to enjoyment of the puzzle which IMHO is the only purpose of this leisure activity and, while it’s a cliché, variety is the spice of life.

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Guardian 25,207 / Orlando

Posted by Eileen on 31st December 2010

Eileen.

Orlando’s puzzles are always entertaining and I’m pleased to get one of his for my last blog of the year. There’s a good variety of cluing, with smooth, often witty, surfaces throughout, some clever anagrams and amusing homophones – and one piece of wordplay which I thought had me beaten until the light dawned. Thank you, Orlando, for this and your puzzles throughout the year: a very Happy New Year to you and all our readers.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 945 – Cold Comfort by Loda

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 31st December 2010

mc_rapper67.

Cold comfort, indeed – a wonderfully themed EV for the weather at the time! The preamble seemed fairly complex – twenty answers entered ‘in a certain way’, most clues containing a misprint – leading to a quotation – and the remaining clues’ initials leading to the ‘setting’ – and THEN three names to find in the grid…

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My new job

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 30th December 2010

petebiddlecombe.

Those of you who look at the Times for the Times blog will know that I’ve just started a new job.

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Independent 7,552/Anax

Posted by Ali on 30th December 2010

Ali.

This was something of a tour de force from Anax. It was also incredibly difficult!

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Financial Times 13,580 / Sleuth

Posted by Gaufrid on 30th December 2010

Gaufrid.

 Smiffy has been caught up in the aftermath of the recent blizzards in the US and is still trying to get home after his Christmas break so you will have to put up with me again today.

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Financial Times 13,573 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on 30th December 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 20 December 2010
Crux delighted us with this selection which included some creative and amusing cryptic definitions. There are also a few devices which I have not seen before. Good stuff !

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Guardian 25,206 – Pasquale

Posted by Andrew on 30th December 2010

Andrew.

A welcome return for Pasquale after nearly two months’ absence. The Christmas gremlins are still crawling around the Guardian site, meaning this puzzle was available 24 hours early, so I had plenty of time for solving and writing the blog. However it was quite a gentle one – a lot easier that some of Pasquale’s recent puzzles. As promised last week, I’d like to wish you all a very happy and crossword-filled New Year, and I hope to meet some of you at the Derby meeting in a few weeks’ time.

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Financial Times 13,572 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 30th December 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of December 18
Another fine Mudd with, what was for me, a slightly difficult top-right corner. My favourite clues here are 13A (AFORESAID), 28A (NO FEAR) and 20D (LULU).

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Independent 7551/Dac

Posted by John on 29th December 2010

John.

Dac goes on and on, week after week producing crosswords full of clues with smooth surfaces and apart from one or two very small niggles below, a high standard throughout.

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Financial Times 13,579 / Armonie

Posted by Gaufrid on 29th December 2010

Gaufrid.

Armonie usually appears on a Tuesday so I wasn’t expecting him today, though perhaps I should have done since there was no puzzle on Monday and yesterday we had a Dante prize puzzle.

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Guardian 25205 by Araucaria How the Monkey Puzzle….

Posted by PeterO on 29th December 2010

PeterO.

{This is just to hide the spoiler}

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Beelzebub 1,087 (19/12/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on 28th December 2010

Simon Harris.

Judging by the mess I’ve made of the grid, I must have found this one pretty tough going. Having said that, on blogging there doesn’t appear to be anything particular troublesome in there.

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Independent 7550 by Math

Posted by flashling on 28th December 2010

flashling.

Math today, don’t often see but pleasantly solvable.

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