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Archive for March 30th, 2011

Independent 7,629/Dac

Posted by Ali on 30th March 2011


More staggeringly good stuff from Dac. You could take pretty much every single clue here and read it as a perfectly sound, elegant, standalone sentence. Some brilliant anagrams too, 7D being may pick of the bunch. He’s beaten me with 18A though! Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 13,655 / Monk

Posted by Gaufrid on 30th March 2011


A welcome return to the FT for Monk after an absence of nearly 18 months. I didn’t think this was as difficult as some of his previous puzzles have been, perhaps due to the assistance of the preamble, but Monk’s ability to create smooth, plausible surfaces hasn’t diminished whilst he’s been away.

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Guardian 25,283 – Enigmatist

Posted by Andrew on 30th March 2011


It’s been a while since we had an Enigmatist puzzle, but he’s back with a vengeance with this one. I found it very hard to get started, with the large number of cross-references, and even after getting some of the key answers I still struggled to finish it, but was pleased to get there in the end. Some of the wordplay is pretty devious, with 12ac and 14dn causing me the most trouble.

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Inquisitor 1169: Tribute by Kruger

Posted by duncanshiell on 30th March 2011


The preamble told us that just over half of the clues contain a superfluous word.  The first letters of these, in clue order, spell out a tribute.  The subject of this, its creators and the sentiment and broader context in which it appears should be highlighted (34 squares in total) in the completed grid.

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