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Archive for February, 2011

Independent 7603 by Radian

Posted by nmsindy on 28th February 2011

nmsindy.

Tough puzzle today from Radian, solving time 48 mins.

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Guardian Quiptic No 589 by Orlando

Posted by PeterO on 28th February 2011

PeterO.

Together with the Rufus, we have a veritable blizzard of double definitions today. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 25,257 by Rufus

Posted by PeterO on 28th February 2011

PeterO.

Nothing very demanding – notably heavy on double definitions, and only a hint of a cryptic definition. Read the rest of this entry »

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Private Eye/Cyclops 437 – Chirrupy Corgi

Posted by beermagnet on 28th February 2011

beermagnet.

I  had trouble getting going with this puzzle. I read loads of clues before finally cold solving one with a definite answer at 6D, and then only had about a dozen answers in after the first session. When I got back to it the next day I finished it off without too much trouble, and now blogging it I wonder why I had such a tussle that first day. Of course answers always seems clear when the wordplay is known. I suppose these were a particularly misleading bunch of clues if you’re ready to be misled.

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Beelzebub 1096

Posted by Jed on 27th February 2011

Jed.

Some rare gems are revealed in the answers of this week’s puzzle

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Azed 2021 plain

Posted by bridgesong on 27th February 2011

bridgesong.

I found this very hard, partly because I had never heard of either of the two 13 letter anagrams at 15 and 29 across.  There were several other obscure words and I will need readers’ help to explain 31 across.  There are also a couple of other clues where I have raised a doubt.   As it happens I shall be away when this blog appears without internet access so will only be able to respond on Sunday evening.  I regret that I was unable to use PeeDee’s wonderful bit of software to write this blog, so here’s a link to the pdf of the puzzle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent on Sunday 1097 by Quixote

Posted by Uncle Yap on 27th February 2011

Uncle Yap.

As to be expected, The Don served up another scrupulously fair puzzle that can be enjoyed without too much problems on a lazy Sunday.

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Everyman 3360/20 February 2011

Posted by Pierre on 27th February 2011

Pierre.

There has been discussion recently about Everyman getting a bit harder. This one was certainly accessible, but for me it just lacked a bit of the usual zing.

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Enigmatic Variations 954: As Per Brewer by Kruger

Posted by Dave Hennings on 26th February 2011

Dave Hennings.

I think Kruger has set some tough puzzles in the past, but this week’s was comparatively easy. The wordplay in every clue had an extra letter not entered in the grid, and these spelt out a quotation, apart from two key words. The central square had to be completed with the last letter of the quotation, as given by Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.

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Guardian Prize No 25,250 by Paul

Posted by bridgesong on 26th February 2011

bridgesong.

I thought that this was an easier than usual puzzle for a prize competition, and it took me about an hour and a half.

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Independent 7596 by Bannsider (Saturday Prize Puzzle 19 February 2011)

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 26th February 2011

mc_rapper67.

A nicely constructed and clued puzzle, with some wonderfully diverting surface readings, and a little theme-ette (nina?) woven in as well.

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Independent 7,601 / Phi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 25th February 2011

RatkojaRiku.

This Phi puzzle did my blogging confidence a world of good, after I had emerged last week battered and bruised from my tussle with Nimrod. Nonetheless, I found this a challenging and enjoyable solve, with a fairly accessible thematic element.

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Financial Times 13,627 / Alberich

Posted by shuchi on 25th February 2011

shuchi.

The usual Alberich brilliance with great clue surfaces. No single clear favourite today but a lot of all-round goodness.

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Guardian 25,255 / Bonxie

Posted by Eileen on 25th February 2011

Eileen.

We don’t see enough of Bonxie, I think, so this was very welcome: a witty and entertaining puzzle, with ingenious cluing, some excellent surfaces, several penny-dropping moments and a few smiles to end the week.

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Independent 7,600/Nestor

Posted by Ali on 24th February 2011

Ali.

We don’t often see Nestor during the week and it seems like ages since I’ve blogged one of his puzzles. I was expecting a bit of a toughie, but actually found that I got through it fairly quickly. That didn’t however detract from the quality of the clues. There were some great ones here, from the get-go to the let-go. Read the rest of this entry »

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