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Independent 7547/Nimrod

Posted by John on 23rd December 2010


My easy time had to come to an end sooner or later. I find Nimrod about as difficult as any of the Indy setters. There are some good clues here and it seems to be fair, but as feared I still don’t understand some of it. The fact that there were a number of very long anagrams — Nimrod’s speciality — made it both easier and harder: once solved they opened up great areas of the grid, but they took me ages to work out and in the case of 1/5/29/30 I just couldn’t see what was being anagrammed and gave up and used the Reveal button. Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 13,567 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on 23rd December 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 13 December 2010
Another delightful puzzle from a great wordsmith whose slick facility with the English word continues to entertain and beguile us. Seeing the massive fall of snow in the UK, he must have wished he tarried longer down under or stopped over with Uncle Yap, 3 degree north of the equator and enjoying 30 degree Celcius temperature :-)

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Guardian 25,200 / Auster

Posted by Gaufrid on 22nd December 2010


The scheduled blogger appears to have gone AWOL today so here is a quickly prepared substitute post. In the interests of getting something published without too much further delay I have not gone into as much detail as I might otherwise have done.

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Independent 7546 by DAC

Posted by flashling on 22nd December 2010


The days are getting longer hurrah, soon be summer, Here’s a DAC to warm us up. As usual with DAC there doesn’t appear to be a theme or Nina.

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Financial Times 13,575 / Hamilton

Posted by Gaufrid on 22nd December 2010


A pleasant start to the day and a straightforward solve with only a few relatively obscure words, all of which I had met previously (in other puzzles rather than everyday conversation).

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Inquisitor 1156 – Touché by Charybdis

Posted by kenmac on 22nd December 2010


What a great puzzle. If it wasn’t so cold, I’d take my hat off to

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Independent 7,545 / Morph

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 21st December 2010


A taxing puzzle by Morph which teased and entertained in equal measure. It is rare for a daily cryptic to put me through my paces quite as much as this one did, and I doubt that I am alone. I stumbled across some answers based mainly on the letters that were already in the grid and on the definitions, while their wordplay took me some time to unpick, e.g. at 21a. The entries at 1d, 25 and 28 were all new words for me, but I arrived at the answers thanks to the wordplay. My favourite clues were 17 for an inspired cryptic definition and 28 for its topicality. The trickiest part for me was the NE corner, the last clue solved being 8, where I didn’t spot the anagram for ages and was misled by the surface tense of the definition.
Incidentally, if anyone can explain the definition in 9, I would be grateful. My online version of the clue reads “Oddly absent campers on plots unlike”.

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Beelzebub Blogger(s) Wanted

Posted by Admin on 21st December 2010


Is there anyone out there who solves the Beelzebub and who would like to try their hand at blogging this puzzle? If so, please contact me at:
admin {at} fifteensquared {dot} net

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Financial Times 13,574 / Dante

Posted by Agentzero on 21st December 2010


A very nice seasonal offering from Dante/Rufus.  Favourite clues were 15 across and 5 down. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 25199 Paul … Flying Alitalia

Posted by Uncle Yap on 21st December 2010

Uncle Yap.

Thank you, Duncan for filling in so well for me during my brief sojourn in Sri Lanka for a Hashing event. Thankfully, I am done travelling for the rest of the year and my heart goes out to the many travellers stuck in European airports in the lead-up to Christmas.

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Independent 7544 by Radian

Posted by nmsindy on 20th December 2010


A themed puzzle from Radian as was clear from a first look at the clues with a lot of them referring to the answer at 13.

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Guardian Quiptic 579 / Moley

Posted by Big Dave on 20th December 2010

Big Dave.

There are a few seasonal answers in this otherwise very ordinary crossword. As with the previous Moley puzzle that I reviewed, there are several extra words thrown in purely for the surface reading.

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Guardian 25,198 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on 20th December 2010


Another Christmas cracker from Rufus.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 432 – Bitchy

Posted by beermagnet on 20th December 2010


My subscription copy of this issue did turn up –  a week late.  A little bit of snow and the world stops round here.  And with much more snow on the ground as I blog this, I don’t hold out many hopes of seeing the next issue before Xmas – but I will make sure I get a copy as I’m keen to see what theme Cyclops has picked for us in the Giant Xmas Special this year. My prediction is names from the “Pseudo names” letters section.  The Eye seems to have hit on an inexhaustible supply from willing contributors such as Rachel Discrimination and Jack Hughes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beelzebub 1,086 (12/12/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on 19th December 2010

Simon Harris.

Perhaps a shade tougher than last week, but things fell into place relatively smoothly. There are a couple (5dn and 23dn) where I can see roughly what’s going on, but haven’t quite nailed the wordplay.

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