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Archive for January 12th, 2011

Independent 7,563 / Dac

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 12th January 2011


For me, Dac’s puzzles tend to be characterised by an economy of language and a smoothness of surface reading in the clues, and are reminiscent of those Guardian puzzles set by Custos (the late Alec Robins) that I cut my solving teeth on many moons ago and which really sparked off my passion for cryptic crosswords.

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Financial Times 13,589 Set by AARDVARK

Posted by PeeDee on 12th January 2011


Enjoyable crossword, neither too hard nor too easy.  This was my first FT blog and I don’t know AARDVARK at all, so was a little apprehensive starting this one.  My favourite clue was 26dn with a nice surface reading and a good ‘aha’ moment on solving. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 25,217 / Arachne

Posted by Eileen on 12th January 2011


There’s something for everyone here: art, opera, literature, geology and science. I have niggles about one or two definitions but there are some clever clues, with some good anagrams and smooth surfaces, giving an enjoyable puzzle overall. Many thanks, Arachne.

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Inquisitor 1158 Middlemen by Lato

Posted by Hihoba on 12th January 2011


Stunning puzzle with lots of elements from Lato. First the rubric: long and complex but, once understood, entirly fair and correct.

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