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Archive for February 3rd, 2011

Independent 7,582 / Punk – Number-crunching

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 3rd February 2011


The key to this puzzle was correct interpretation of the references to the numerals 1-10 that, rather cleverly, appeared in ascending order as the first words of each of the ten across clues: would the reference be to the numeral itself, which would then need to be transliterated into a Roman numeral or written out in full in English; would it refer the solution at the corresponding entry; or would the reference be to something completely different? Hardly surprisingly, there was a mixture of all three, which kept me guessing for a good long while.

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Guardian 25,236 / Araucaria

Posted by Eileen on 3rd February 2011


What a treat! This took a while to get into but, once I latched on to the theme – right up my street! – it was rather plainer sailing for me than for our hero. Some lovely penny-dropping moments, eg 4dn and 22dn. I know this one won’t suit everyone but I hope most readers enjoy[ed] it.

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Financial Times 13,608 / Orense

Posted by smiffy on 3rd February 2011


I found this one a little chewy in sections and on several occasions found myself resorting to the toothpick after digesting a clue.  In fairness to Orense, there is a reasonable sprinkling of wit in here too; and my own critical filter may be somewhat heightened, due to solving this immediately after an arduous hour-plus of shovelling snow.

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Financial Times 13,599 / Dante

Posted by Agentzero on 3rd February 2011


Dante is back in his accustomed spot this week.  A somewhat heavy reliance on anagrams; I count nine (excluding clues where an anagram is only part of the wordplay).  The best of these, I thought, was 13 across (“Pictures a mince pie”).  Other standout clues for me were 10 across and 2 down. Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 13,598 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 3rd February 2011

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 22
Once again Cincinnus comes up with an impressive set of clues.

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