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Guardian 25204 Chifonie … Of Castro, Cricket and Curates

Posted by Uncle Yap on 28th December 2010

Uncle Yap.

Pardon the later-than-usual appearance of the Tuesday blog. The Christmas revelry continues. Chifonie gave us an almost painless puzzle with delightful bits here and there. Most entertaining.

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Independent 7549 by Scorpion

Posted by nmsindy on 27th December 2010

nmsindy.

This was hard as Scorpion often is, so well-chosen by the Indy for a Holiday Monday, got there in the end, solving time, 62 mins.

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Guardian Quiptic 580 by Nutmeg

Posted by Pierre on 27th December 2010

Pierre.
It might have been post-Crimbo lethargy on my part, but I found this hard going in places, with some convoluted clues and a term I’d never heard of before. However, there were some nice touches too.  Sorry the blog is a bit later than normal, but watching Ponting lose it in the Ashes had to be fitted into my morning schedule today, and being a man, I can’t multi-task.

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Guardian 25,203 / Brendan

Posted by mhl on 27th December 2010

mhl.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas. I’m afraid this is a very rushed post due to family commitments – I’m sorry I didn’t have more time to enjoy this one. An excellent puzzle, as ever from this setter.

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Posted by Admin on 26th December 2010

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Posted by Admin on 26th December 2010

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Azed 2012

Posted by Admin on 26th December 2010

Admin.

Due to the festivities, the closing date for entries for this puzzle was put back to Saturday 8 January (this was not indicated in the on-line pdf version). The blog for this puzzle will therefore be published next Sunday (9th Jan).

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Independent on Sunday 1,088 by Quixote

Posted by Simon Harris on 26th December 2010

Simon Harris.

An enjoyable, festive-themed Quixote today. All scrupulously fairly clued as always, though the NE and SW corners put up a bit of a fight for me. Still, it all came together in the end.

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Everyman No. 3351 (19th December)

Posted by The Trafites on 26th December 2010

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.  Nice crossword this week, got through it with surprising ease and speed. Lots of favourites, 11ac, 18ac, 27ac and 9dn.  First in was 1ac, last in believe it or not was 26ac.  Good luck with this weeks bumper crossword.  Thanks to gaurfrid for all the work he has done this year and years before on Fifteen Squared, and of course as always a big thank you to Everyman for all the excellent crosswords.

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Independent 7543 (Sat 18-Dec) Nestor

Posted by beermagnet on 25th December 2010

beermagnet.

Some inventive wordplay in several of the clues within this grid. So much so I have difficulty describing constructions such as 25A JEST (super-definition?) and 19D OBERON (un-hidden? regularly-hidden?). As usual with Nestor the clues are very sound once the construction is seen. And quite accessible in the main – I see I made a note that I had 10 on the first pass – mind you that was quite a slow first pass – I needed a refill at that point. In the end the last few, particularly in the bottom half were much more of a challenge.

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Independent 7,548/???

Posted by Ali on 24th December 2010

Ali.

This was something a little different, with no setter’s name given and 3 clues having one letter omitted from wordplay that we were told would help with a hidden message.

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Guardian 25,202 – Gordius

Posted by Andrew on 24th December 2010

Andrew.

I must admit to feeling disappointed to see that I’d got a Gordius for my Christmas Eve blog, as he is not one of my favourite setters. I found this one very easy indeed – after printing it off just after it appeared on the website at midnight I’d finished it by 12:09 – with a lot of very obvious wordplay and a few rather tired clichés. I’d come across the obscure word at 23dn before, but the phrase at 22/27ac was new to me in the form given here.

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Financial Times 13,576 / Flimsy

Posted by smiffy on 23rd December 2010

smiffy.

A playful miscellany of items today, as we veer from Playtex push-ups to perma-tan puns, by way of Pertwee portrayals.  Apologies for the somewhat tardy post – my web connectivity has not been all that it should for the last 12hours.

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Guardian 25201 / Araucaria

Posted by duncanshiell on 23rd December 2010

duncanshiell.

I like to work though all the clues first to see how many I can solve cold.  As the first clue I solved in this puzzle was 25d, I thought this was going to be a real struggle.  However, 1,4 was the next to fall and things improved rapidly after that.  

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Financial Times 13,566 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 23rd December 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of December 11

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