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Archive for February 23rd, 2011

Financial Times 13,625 by Redshank

Posted by PeeDee on 23rd February 2011


Not a difficult crossword, but a lovely one.  Elegant and witty with some nice & Lits.  I especially liked 27 and 28 across, 8 and 16 down, though one could easily pick others for a mention too. 

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Independent 7599 / Dac

Posted by John on 23rd February 2011


The usual smoothly-operating crossword from Dac today. Just when you think the great man has slipped you find that in fact he hasn’t and that you’re the one who is at fault. For ‘you’ in that sentence read ‘I’. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 25,253 / Araucaria

Posted by duncanshiell on 23rd February 2011


This struck me as a typical Araucaria crossword with lots of cross-referencing between clues, lots of misdirection, a few words that many people do not use in everyday language, and one or two clues that would have strict Ximeneans in a state of great agitation.   As an educational tool it was wonderful; as a crossword it was challenging and entertaining.  I have learned a great deal whilst writing the blog.

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Inquisitor 1164: Descent by Raich

Posted by HolyGhost on 23rd February 2011


Raich is averaging about three Inquisitors a year since his first appearance in mid-2008, and all pretty decent ones in my opinion. (And he notched up his third Listener just the weekend before, if I’m not mistaken.)
Ten clues have an extra letter in the wordplay; in another ten the wordplay is deficient by a letter: these give two words from a quotation and a place name. Three grid entries are unclued, and eleven letters have to be highlighted in the completed grid.

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