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Archive for April, 2011

Sloggers and Betters (London) 8

Posted by Admin on 30th April 2011

Admin.

The next Sloggers and Betters (London) get-together will take place on Tuesday 24th May. The venue will be the Ship and Shovell under Charing Cross Station and it is expected that the early birds will start gathering at around 4pm.

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Independent 7650 / Nimrod – Saturday Prize Puzzle 23 April 2011

Posted by duncanshiell on 30th April 2011

duncanshiell.

Nimrod is one of the most prolific compilers at the moment, under a variety of pseudonyms.  He is also Enigmatist in the Guardian, Io in the Financial Times and Elgar in the Daily Telegraph.

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Guardian Easter Prize No 25304 / Araucaria

Posted by bridgesong on 30th April 2011

bridgesong.

I solved most of this puzzle on the train from London to Lyon, and found it an excellent way of making a long journey shorter.  Unfortunately there was no online version available so I have been unable to use PeeDee’s software to incorporate the clues but here is a link to the pdf of the puzzle if you’ve sent yours off.

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Enigmatic Variations No 963 Broken Up by Piccadilly

Posted by twencelas on 30th April 2011

twencelas.

So no grid numbers this week – just a list of straight clues in alphabetical order of their grid entry, forming an alphabetical jigsaw. After the majority have been entered, the remaining grid entries need to be broken up to form a quotation and its author around the grid perimeter.

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Financial Times 13,680 / Gaff

Posted by shuchi on 29th April 2011

shuchi.

The line “A celebratory crossword” at the top of the clue list gave me some trepidation. Not being up on the details of the big event happening today, this meant a challenge, and a challenge it proved to be. The 53-letter anagram spread all over the grid looked insurmountable for a long time till the non-thematic clues began to fall in place and gave me some letters to go upon.

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Guardian 25,309 / Paul

Posted by mhl on 29th April 2011

mhl.

As always, an excellent, entertaining crossword from Paul. The clue of the day is certainly the brilliant and topical “Fancy lad and me tied knot!”

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Independent 7,655 by Morph

Posted by flashling on 29th April 2011

flashling.
Another Bank Holiday? They’re like buses at the moment. Well what could be happening today? Phi moves over for Morph. A week with neither Phi or DAC, very odd. Edit Phi did saturday’s stint, any themes or ninas completely lost on me though.

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Financial Times 13,679 / Neo

Posted by smiffy on 28th April 2011

smiffy.

Suppose I should have seen the theme coming.  I thought Neo did well to stretch the thematic material as far as he did – even if it may be a little too innuendo-laden for cap-doffing Cavalier tastes.

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Independent 7,654 / Mordred

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 28th April 2011

RatkojaRiku.

This is my first attempt at blogging a Mordred crossword and I have to say that it has been a real struggle, first to solve and above all to blog. I fear that there may be several clues where my tortuous parsing is somewhat wide of the mark – I’d even managed to convince myself that 3 was a completely different word. I would be grateful for any help, which I can then add to the blog latter in the day. After much head-scratching, the penny finally dropped for 12, not that I’ve ever seen it used in practice as a greeting.

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Guardian 25,308 / Tramp

Posted by Eileen on 28th April 2011

Eileen.

I am pretty sure this is the first appearance of a Tramp cryptic crossword.  I remembered seeing his name on a Genius puzzle earlier in the year and, after some research on this site, I found that Tramp was not, as had been suspected, yet another manifestation of Paul but, in fact, a great admirer of his.

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Financial Times 13,671 / Dante

Posted by Agentzero on 28th April 2011

Agentzero.

Monday Prize Crossword from 18 April 2011

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Financial Times 13,670 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 28th April 2011

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of April 16

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Independent 7,653/Crosophile

Posted by Ali on 27th April 2011

Ali.

My first time blogging a Crosophile puzzle, and a very nice one it was too.

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Financial Times 13,678 Set by Gozo

Posted by PeeDee on 27th April 2011

PeeDee.

A good crossword today from Gozo, harder than it looks at first sight.

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Inquisitor 1173: Not Fare by Lato

Posted by duncanshiell on 27th April 2011

duncanshiell.

This puzzle had a preamble that I had to read a few times before I really understood it, and even then the whole thing didn’t make complete sense until I had completed the final step of the puzzle.

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