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Archive for January, 2011

How to solve cryptic crosswords

Posted by Admin on 31st January 2011


Don Manley is giving a presentation on ‘How to solve cryptic crosswords’ in Oxford on Saturday 26th March. Details of the event are given below.

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Independent 7579 by Crosophile

Posted by nmsindy on 31st January 2011


This is, I think,  a new pseudonym for the Indy so maybe a new setter.    If so, welcome!     Quite a difficult puzzle, I found, solving time 43 mins, but I got there in the end.

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Guardian 25,233 / Rufus

Posted by duncanshiell on 31st January 2011


This was a fairly standard puzzle from Rufus that will no doubt divide the solving community along the usual lines.

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Quiptic crossword No 585

Posted by PeterO on 31st January 2011


I was feeling particularly leaden, and made heavy weather of solving this, but in writing it up there does not seem to be anything to struggle over: mostly straightforward charades and envelopes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Private Eye/Cyclops 435 – Telltale Claptrap

Posted by beermagnet on 31st January 2011

First Eye blog of the new year for me.  Thanks to jetdoc who is alternating the task from now on and who produced an admirable effort last time.  She has certainly laid down the gauntlet with a startlingly good blog – how can I respond – by doing exactly what I always do – have great fun doing the crossy and the heart of the blog, i.e. individual clue wordplay, and researching the final “joke” – then spend far too long failing to come up with anything worthwhile to say in this intro guff.

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Beelzebub 1092

Posted by Jed on 30th January 2011


Beelzebub has certainly thrown down the gauntlet with this cruciverbal challenge

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Independent on Sunday 1093 by Quixote

Posted by Uncle Yap on 30th January 2011

Uncle Yap.

Another quality work from the Don with a rich variety of cryptic devices, each crafted well and creatively. I do, however, have one teeny-weeny quibble. Dr Brian Skinner, my crossword moderator, would never allow me to use the same device more than once in a puzzle; he calls it inelegant. Here we see one for I used in 21A and 4D and son for S in 12D and 20D. Otherwise, a very entertaining 30 minutes like Hancock’s Half Hour (anyone still remember those pre-tv days?).

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Azed 2017

Posted by Andrew on 30th January 2011


I found this one of the hardest Azed plain puzzles for a long time, with, I think, a higher-than-average proportion of obscure words. I ended up with some rather tedious dictionary-searching to get the last few answers, and also to confirm out a lot of the explanations. I can’t fully explain 12dn – help needed! Read the rest of this entry »

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Everyman No 3,356

Posted by PeterO on 30th January 2011


A few mild obscurities, perhaps, but plenty of smooth surfaces. Thanks to The Trafites and to PeeDee for the tools to help create this blog. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sloggers & betters in Derby

Posted by jetdoc on 29th January 2011


What a lovely day! Many posts will be posted and many photos uploaded. For now, having returned home, let us thank Peter (Kathryn’s Dad) and Eileen for their magnificent effort. Lots more to follow…

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Enigmatic Variations 950: Resident Jokers by Owzat

Posted by Dave Hennings on 29th January 2011

Dave Hennings.

Typical!! One of my (two) New Year resolutions is to adopt the practice of giving the full clues in my EV blogs. And what happens? I get landed with a puzzle that has 63 of them! Having moaned that, it turned out not to be too difficult once I’d decided how to highlight the definition part of each clue and what tricks I could use in writing the blog. So here it is.

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Independent 7572 by Nestor (Saturday Prize Puzzle 22 January 2011)

Posted by twencelas on 29th January 2011


Welcome to my first blog of the Independent’s Saturday prize crossword. A very enjoyable puzzle from Nestor – not too taxing, but not without some head scratching (most notably explaining 4dn).  A bit of a cycling theme to boot. Also, a blessed relief, for my first blog of this puzzle, in so much as the clues were n’t too complex.

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Guardian Prize Crossword 25,226 by Enigmatist

Posted by PeeDee on 29th January 2011


Another good puzzle, not easy, but all there to be found if you look.  I thought the construction of the clues was very tight indeed, only 5dn giving me any doubts, but this may just be down to my poor musical knowledge.  

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Independent 7,577 / Phi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 28th January 2011


After spending a week struggling with crosswords of all descriptions and from numerous sources, and having difficulty unpicking wordplay even when I had the solution before me, Phi’s puzzle felt like a breath of fresh air this morning: standard fare, in other words, the standard in question being Phi’s unfailingly high standard.

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Financial Times 13,603 / Hamilton

Posted by shuchi on 28th January 2011


I had mixed feelings about this puzzle. Liked some clues such as 17a, 16d, found others a bit shaky.

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