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Archive for December 31st, 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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