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Archive for January, 2011

Independent 7573 by Nitsy

Posted by NealH on 24th January 2011

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Beelzebub 1,091 (16/01/11)

Posted by Simon Harris on 23rd January 2011

Simon Harris.

A slightly strange week for me. I found this quite tough going and ended up writing in quite a few without following the wordplay. Strangely enough, everything seems perfectly clear on blogging, though I have of course had to check a few terms in Chambers.

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Independent on Sunday 1,092 by Quixote

Posted by Simon Harris on 23rd January 2011

Simon Harris.

Nothing too troublesome this week, I think. Another pleasant Sunday solve.

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AZED No. 2,016 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on 23rd January 2011

The Trafites.

Nick:  A fairly tough AZED this week, I felt, but with some entertaining word play construction going on. There are several solution words I have never heard of this time around. A good solve.

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Everyman No. 3355 (16th January)

Posted by The Trafites on 23rd January 2011

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  I enjoyed doing this weeks offering, first in was 1ac. and the last in was 22dn. Plenty of anagrams to keep me happy, which I love trying to fathom out.

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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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Independent 7,571/Phi

Posted by Ali on 21st January 2011

Ali.

This is the first Indy daily puzzle I’ve had chance to look at this week, any spare time I’ve had having been eaten up trying to get to grips with last week’s Inquisitor (set by Phi). I finally cracked that last night, so it’s a diet of just Phi for me this week!

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Guardian 25,225 – Chifonie

Posted by Andrew on 21st January 2011

Andrew.

I filled in the bottom half of this very quickly, the NE corner slightly less so; the NW corner took me longest (apart from the very easy 1ac), though for no good reason that I can see looking back at it, apart from the obscure meaning at 3dn. A pleasant enough puzzle, but rather too many very obvious clues (1ac, 12ac, 21ac etc), and a couple of possibly dodgy abbreviations (14ac and 19dn).

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Financial Times 13,597 / Falcon

Posted by shuchi on 21st January 2011

shuchi.

Nice and simple with many clues solved in the first pass. The rest fell smoothly as well with some lookups mostly in the top-right corner. An enjoyable puzzle; my only gripe is with the girl names in the wordplay [25a, 18d] which leave the possible fits too wide open.

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Financial Times 13,596 / Gaff

Posted by smiffy on 20th January 2011

smiffy.

A prodigious amount of thematic material has been skilfully shoe-horned into this commemorative puzzle.  This appears to be Gaff’s debut (oh go on then, inaugural!) appearance in the FT although I wouldn’t completely rule out the possibility of a more familiar hand under a temporary pseudonym, similar to appearances by Courtier around Wimbledon fortnight.  I was fortunate to rumble the theme extremely quickly -  residing in the subject’s hometown, where the local media have been indulging in extensive coverage during the build-up to today’s anniversary, certainly helped.

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Guardian 25,224 by Rover

Posted by PeterO on 20th January 2011

PeterO.

A very mixed bag. Lots of simple anagrams, with various anagrinds, some more satisfactory than others. Most of the rest are equally simple constructions, so that the puzzle starts to shape up as Quiptic level; but then there are a handful of clues that leave me quite baffled.

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Independent 7570/Nimrod

Posted by John on 20th January 2011

John.

My face fell when up came the name Nimrod. He is just terribly difficult. I can’t quite see why, because in most cases the clues can easily be explained; in fact they are often very good and I ought to enjoy it — after all, that’s why we do crosswords — for the enjoyment. But I’m afraid I find it all rather a struggle, as I did here.

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Financial Times 13,587 / Dante

Posted by Agentzero on 20th January 2011

Agentzero.

My first prize puzzle blog — I hope someone reads it!

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