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beelzebub 1100

Posted by Jed on 27th March 2011



This puzzle is cleverly and wittily misleading in places such as 25down

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Azed 2025/Carte Blanche

Posted by ilancaron on 27th March 2011

I tend to enjoy empty grids in the Carte Blanche style — it makes me think I’m doing something more than just “mindlessly” solving clues.  In this case, I got lucky guessing that 1A and 1D started at the top-left corner.  I made one mistake placing GETUPS further down but managed to recover eventually.  I think I’m off the hook for posting a filled-in grid with bars added.  But honest I have a version next to me as we speak.  I’m posting the clues since there are no numbers — I added some enumerations as I was solving as a hint to myself.

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Independent on Sunday 1101 by Quixote

Posted by Uncle Yap on 27th March 2011

Uncle Yap.

Another entertaining Sunday puzzle from The Don

1 DEPARTMENT Cha of DEPART (leave) MEN (fellows) T (time)
9 STET Ins of T (last letter of text) in SET (put) In proof-reading, a written direction to restore after marking for deletion
10 NEAPOLITAN *(on a plane it)
11 LAUDER dd for Sir Henry Lauder (1870 – 1950), known professionally as Harry Lauder, was a Scottish entertainer, described by Sir Winston Churchill as “Scotland’s greatest ever ambassador!”
12 CABLING Cha of CAB (taxi) LING (heather)
13 PIP EMMA PIP (boy) EMMA (girl) post meridiem, in the afternoon
[Formerly signallers’ names for the letters PM] (cf ack emma)
14 ENCASH *(cans he)
16 ADVERT Ins of D (last letter of road) in AVERT (prevent)
18 RESPITE Ins of ESP (extra-sensory perception) in RITE (ceremony)
20 DISCARD Ins of SCAR (sign of accident) in DID (performed)
21 AZALEA Ins of ZA (South Africa ie Zuid Afrika; IVR) in A LEA (meadow)
22 SHANGHAIED *(he had gains)
24 IN ON Ins of O (nothing) in INN (pub)
25 RENCOUNTER Christopher WREN (architect, St Paul’s) minus W + COUNTER (board) for a chance meeting

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Everyman crossword No 3,364

Posted by Stella on 27th March 2011


A typically entertaining puzzle from Everyman. Unusually for this setter, though, there’s one clue I can’t quite parse (see below). It’s probably my fault, so any suggestions welcome. Read the rest of this entry »

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New Blogger Required

Posted by Admin on 26th March 2011


A new blogger is required to cover the FT puzzle each Tuesday. If you are interested in joining the 15² team please send an email to admin{at}fifteensquared{dot}net.

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Enigmatic Variations 958: Seven by Dysart

Posted by Dave Hennings on 26th March 2011

Dave Hennings.

I thought that this was a tough puzzle from Dysart. The preamble seemed to have so much going on that I needed a bit of a lie down after reading it. That, together with the fairly tough clues, made it a longer than average solve for me.

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Guardian Prize Puzzle 25,274 / Araucaria

Posted by Eileen on 26th March 2011


Something of a treat for me, to blog an Araucaria prize puzzle. It’s one of those with a long answer, this time only a partial anagram, together with some rather nifty wordplay.

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Independent 7620 by Nimrod – Saturday Prize Puzzle 19 March 2011

Posted by duncanshiell on 26th March 2011


I was able to fill the grid on the Saturday the puzzle appeared but this was a puzzle that I kept returning to during the week, mainly to try and understand the wordplay in about half a dozen clues.

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Independent 7,625 – Phi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 25th March 2011


Despite the fact that I seem to have blogged a lot of Phi puzzles recently, he can still really put me through my paces, and that he did this very morning.

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Financial Times 13,651 / Falcon

Posted by shuchi on 25th March 2011


A crossword with the upper half considerably easier than the lower, with 14, 21d and 22d taking time/research to fill in. Three easy hidden words gave a good start and many fine clues along the way afforded much entertainment. My favourites of the day are 23a, 29a and 18d.

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Guardian 25,279 / Araucaria

Posted by Eileen on 25th March 2011


There’s quite a bit of cross-referencing in this puzzle and there were two or three instances where it took me a while to see the parsing, so several real penny-dropping moments today. There’s more than a whiff of a bygone age in some of the clues / solutions.

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Independent 7,624/Tees

Posted by Ali on 24th March 2011


Two tricky ones on the trot for me. I thought this was every bit as tough as last Friday’s Red Nose Day offering, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t need some help with a few clues. Again!

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Financial Times 13,650 / Aardvark

Posted by smiffy on 24th March 2011


As good an Aardvark as I can recall.  Plenty of imaginative and diligent clueing ideas, including a salutary reminder to us all (at 6D) that a clue doesn’t have to be fiendishly technical to be top of the class.

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Guardian 25,278 – Chifonie

Posted by Andrew on 24th March 2011


I seem to get be getting all the Chifonies lately, and this is another fairly typical specimen, with a large proportion of charade clues, though I found it if anything slightly harder than the last couple. Apart from that, nothing really to add to my previous comments on this setter.

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Financial Times 13,641 / Crux

Posted by Agentzero on 24th March 2011


Prize Puzzle from the Monday March 14 FT

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