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Archive for January 22nd, 2011

Guardian Prize 25,220 / Araucaria

Posted by Eileen on 22nd January 2011

Eileen.

This is one of those puzzles that make your [or, at least my] heart sink when you see a long quotation that covers what seems about half of the grid and, when it’s Araucaria, there’s often devilish wordplay involved. This time, fortunately, or not, depending on your preferences, it was one of his anagrams and, for all I know [knowing nothing about the [mis]fortunes of Swindon Town or Gerard Houlier’s possible involvement – where are you, Rightback?] it could well be on a par with his classic virtual &lits:

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Independent 7566 by Klingsor (Saturday Prize Puzzle 15 January 2011)

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 22nd January 2011

mc_rapper67.

This is my first Indy blog – and I believe there is another new starter next week – so ‘thank-you’ to the Saturday Indy team for letting a couple of newcomers into the schedule. I have been doing a monthly 15^2 blog on the Sunday Telegraph’s themed Enigmatic Variations puzzles for a while now, but this is my first go at a conventional/straight cryptic. Grateful for any feedback – positive or (hopefully constructively) negative…

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Enigmatic Variations No. 949 – Square By Square by Piccadilly

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 22nd January 2011

mc_rapper67.

After a few weeks of seasonal/festive-themed EVs, we are back to business with a ‘normal’ EV – but no less enyoyable for that! A fiendish looking preamble – with ALL answers entered ‘cyclically’ and an encoded perimeter, with the code based on two unlued entries. It looked like we were going to be back to business with a bump – but, with a bit of head-down application and, I felt, some relatively gentle clueing, this soon fell into place, and turned out to be my quickest EV solve in a long while – although I still haven’t worked out the relevance/connection of the title…

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