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Archive for March, 2011

Financial Times 13,640 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 24th March 2011

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of March 12
I polished off most of this puzzle fairly quickly but for 23A (TELEVISE) I had to resort to a pattern-look-up utility! It’s a fine clue but tough especially since the checked letters are mostly Es. While some clues strike me as uninspired (26A, for example), I applaud 12A (BENDER), 24A (UNDIES) and 13D (EAST BERLIN).

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Financial Tines 13,649 by GAFF

Posted by PeeDee on 23rd March 2011

PeeDee.

This is my first blog of GAFF, and I’m afraid it has defeated me, there are two answers I can’t really explain at all.  So, any help from the wise would be appreciated. 

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Independent 7623/Dac

Posted by John on 23rd March 2011

John.

Nothing special from Dac today. Normally when one says this one means that it is mediocre, with nothing remarkably good about it. In this case it simply means that the crossword is well up to Dac’s usual standard and as always on Wednesdays everything is elegant and efficient. There are as one would expect some typically excellent clues.

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Guardian 25,277 by Bonxie

Posted by PeterO on 23rd March 2011

PeterO.

A brief offering, mainly because I started out with yesterday’s crossword by mistake! Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 1168: Initial letters by Schadenfreude

Posted by HolyGhost on 23rd March 2011

HolyGhost.

A bit more difficult than some recent puzzles … not made easier by my going away for a weekend’s walking with no Chambers and only a rather dated Collins that I found in the pub – not much help there.
 
Initial letters of extra words spell out a quotation with one word missing. Whenever such an extra word has an odd number of letters, the middle letter must be highlighted in the entry for the corresponding clue; then, reading left to right and row by row, these highlighted letters + the isolated central cell spell out the author. Finally, we have to represent the word missing from the quotation by joining up all the occurrences of its initial letter in the completed grid. Phew.

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Cryptic Crossword Solving Trials at the University of Buckingham

Posted by Admin on 22nd March 2011

Admin.

I have received a request for volunteers from Kathryn Friedlander …..

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Independent 7622 by Mordred

Posted by flashling on 22nd March 2011

flashling.

It’s Tuesday, it’s the Independent so it must be theme day.

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Financial Times 13,648 / Gurney

Posted by Agentzero on 22nd March 2011

Agentzero.

A fairly easy puzzle today frrom Gurney.  No special comments; the clues I liked best were the simplest ones, e.g. 31 across, perhaps because the surfaces of some of the others felt a bit contrived. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 25276 Orlando – French street-walker in Pakistan?

Posted by Uncle Yap on 22nd March 2011

Uncle Yap.

A very pleasant solve and a good morning’s entertainment

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Independent 7621 by Crosophile

Posted by nmsindy on 21st March 2011

nmsindy.

Some very pleasing clues in what, I think, is Crosophile’s second Indy appearance, solving time 36 mins.

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Quiptic 592/Nutmeg

Posted by Pierre on 21st March 2011

Pierre.

Apart from a couple of niggles, I enjoyed this puzzle.  There was an interesting variety of clues and of subject matter.

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Guardian 25,275 / Rufus

Posted by mhl on 21st March 2011

mhl.

Some typical Monday fun from Rufus, with lovely surface readings throughout.

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Beelzebub 1,099 (13/03/11)

Posted by Simon Harris on 20th March 2011

Simon Harris.

A very pleasant solve this week, once again. I thought I might be on for a rare unaided finish but alas the big red book had to come out to finish the NE corner – primarily to confirm some elements of the wordplay in 12ac, 6dn and 8dn.

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Independent on Sunday 1,100 by Quixote

Posted by Simon Harris on 20th March 2011

Simon Harris.

A nice round number this week, and a nicely-rounded puzzle from Quixote to complement it.

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Everyman No. 3363 (13th March)

Posted by The Trafites on 20th March 2011

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Medium level of difficulty for an Everyman this week, with some typical Everyman clueing.

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