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Archive for December 8th, 2010

Financial Times 13563 / GOZO – Car-ried away

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 8th December 2010


A thematic puzzle from Gozo to grapple with today, although he does not keep us guessing as to what that theme might be: multiple references to car firms and models tell us that this is a puzzle for automobile enthusiasts. As I know that our compiler is such an enthusiast, I am sure he thoroughly enjoyed setting this puzzle; since I am not, I approached solving and blogging it with a degree of trepidation. Thankfully, the wordplay is sufficient tight to enable the non-experts amongst us to come up with the answers. I leave readers to research the various makes and models for themselves if they so wish.

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Independent 7,534/Dac

Posted by Ali on 8th December 2010


2 Dacs on the bounce for me after his move to Thursday last week. I don’t have a problem with this!

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Guardian 25,188 – Orlando

Posted by Andrew on 8th December 2010


I generally find Orlando’s puzzles quite easy going, but I struggled more than usual with this one. I finished the bottom half quite quickly, then the NE corner rather less so, with the NW corner taking as much time as the rest put together. As often happens, when writing up the blog I couldn’t see why I made such heavy weather of it, as most of the clueing is quite straightforward. Some may object to the perhaps rather London-centric 18ac, and there are quite a lot of proper nouns in both answers and wordplay, though nothing too obscure, I think.

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Inquisitor 1154, Belt up by Meissa

Posted by Hihoba on 8th December 2010


At first glance the rubric seemed pretty complicated, involving words entered normally, as anagrams and in unlocated places in the grid. A quick look at the “Unlocated” clues gave me AIT for the first one. (I am attending beginners Spanish classes and we have just done “the family” – TIA is spanish for aunt!) No others sprang out, so I started on the normal clues and soon made inroads into the bottom right hand corner.

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Financial Times 13,562 / Dante

Posted by Agentzero on 8th December 2010


Apologies to all — I filled in the grid to this last night, posted it as a draft meaning to complete the blog this morning, got busy at work and forgot all about it until tonight.  Herewith a belated entry.

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