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Archive for January, 2011

Guardian 25,231 / Quantum

Posted by Eileen on 28th January 2011

Eileen.

Pondering what to say in the preamble has taken almost as long as the solve – and I still haven’t come up with anything appropriate. To say that I was surprised to see Quantum’s name on this puzzle is to put it mildly. This is the sixteenth of his puzzles to be published since his death nearly three years ago but, since the most recent was in August last year, I really thought that would be the last. I used to admire Quantum greatly in his lifetime but I really don’t think that these posthumous puzzles enhance his reputation.

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Independent 7,576/Morph

Posted by Ali on 27th January 2011

Ali.

Apologies for the lateness with this one – it’s been one of those days!

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Financial Times 13,602 / Redshank

Posted by smiffy on 27th January 2011

smiffy.

Another Thursday, another debut setter (or, at least, pseudonym).  My second new opponent in consecutive blogs – the FT editor must be broadening his church further still in 2011.  And it’s not too shabby an offering from the crimson-limbed one; a quick solve but an enjoyable one.

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Guardian 25,230 – Crucible

Posted by Andrew on 27th January 2011

Andrew.

I seem to have got into a habit lately of sailing through one half of a puzzle and struggling with the rest. With this one I finished the bottom half quite quickly but had much more trouble with the top. There’s some quite devious wordplay here, especially in 3d, but all pretty fair and gettable, so it was an enjoyable solve, though I have a couple of small niggles as noted below. To those I’ll see in Derby on Saturday – I’ll see you on Saturday in Derby!

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Financial Times 13,593 / Crux

Posted by Agentzero on 27th January 2011

Agentzero.

The FT gave us a pleasant change from Dante this week.  Please don’t take that the wrong way — I am a fan of the cd master.  But some variety in this space is good.  And Crux has set a delightful puzzle, with innovative definitions and plenty of twists and turns in the wordplay.  If you didn’t solve this last week, stop reading, print it off the FT website, enjoy, and I’ll see you back here in half an hour or so. Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 13,592 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 27th January 2011

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 15
I had trouble finishing the lower-left quadrant of this puzzle and maintain a reservation about 17D (EGYPTIAN). My top clues here are 28A (BEGRUDGE) and 8D (LEMONADE).

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Financial Times 13,601 by ALBERICH

Posted by PeeDee on 26th January 2011

PeeDee.

Quite a tricky puzzle to finish, the bottom left corner had me stuck for quite a while.  Lots of nice clues with some nice & Lits.  I thought 27 across  was nicely crafted, and 14dn made me smile too.

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Guardian 25,229 – Gordius

Posted by manehi on 26th January 2011

manehi.

Solved most of this quickly but couldn’t get a foothold in the NW for a good while. Some nice clues (26d my favourite), but some (6d, 14d) were a bit shaky.

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Independent 7575/Dac

Posted by John on 26th January 2011

John.

As usual a lovely crossword from Dac, who week after week shows that it is not necessary to have difficult clues, simply ones that are perfectly formed. In fact the clues are so smooth and require so little comment, apart from  a comment on their excellence perhaps , that  I don’t expect there to be many people posting today.

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Inquisitor 1160: How Many? by Phi

Posted by HolyGhost on 26th January 2011

HolyGhost.

With hindsight, quite a tame one from Phi.
 
A number of answers, with a common feature, are entered in an unusual manner, implying a numerical value for a letter of the alphabet.

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Independent 7574 / Mordred

Posted by duncanshiell on 25th January 2011

duncanshiell.

I’m an emergency stand-in today, so apologies for the slight delay in posting.

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Guardian 25228 Paul …Make Your Armpit Your Charmpit

Posted by Uncle Yap on 25th January 2011

Uncle Yap.

Today I felt quite dense and took a very long time to finish off Paul’s puzzle and even then had problems understanding some of the wordplay. Fortunately, I have the eight hour advantage and a very good friend, fellow-cruciverbalist and drinking partner, Dr Gurmukh Singh whom I consulted. He set me right in some of the parsing; Dr G, the next round of GlenMorangie is on me.

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Financial Times 13,600 / Neo

Posted by Agentzero on 25th January 2011

Agentzero.

I was happy to see Neo in the Tuesday FT again.  As always, there is plenty here to entertain the solver. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 25,227 / Orlando

Posted by mhl on 24th January 2011

mhl.

A very nice puzzle from Orlando today, although I think many people would think it rather difficult for Monday in the Guardian. I look forward to seeing many of you in Derby on Saturday :)

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Guardian Quiptic 584/Moley

Posted by Pierre on 24th January 2011

Pierre.

It’s the first time I’ve blogged a puzzle by Moley, and I was pleased when her name came up because I’ve enjoyed her Quiptics in the past. I enjoyed this too and thought it was a well-constructed, beginner-level crossword. However, if you’ve ever wondered why The Guardian is called The Grauniad, read on …

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