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Archive for April, 2011

Guardian 25,303 / Orlando

Posted by Eileen on 22nd April 2011

Eileen.

I didn’t know quite what to expect today, after a roller-coaster of a week. An Orlando puzzle is always welcome and this was no disappointment – nothing too taxing but a good variety of clue types and some very smooth and amusing surfaces, which is always a bonus for me. Many thanks, Orlando, for an entertaining and enjoyable puzzle.

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Enigmatic Variations 962: Depicting the South by Kruger

Posted by Dave Hennings on 22nd April 2011

Dave Hennings.

A fairly straightforward puzzle this week, certainly one of Kruger’s easier ones … perhaps to help us meet the one day earlier deadline. What’s more, no extra letters, words or misprints to worry about!

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Financial Times 13,674 / Bradman

Posted by smiffy on 21st April 2011

smiffy.

Unusually scant annotation required for a Bradman puzzle, I felt; with most of the wordplay being nifty rather than nefarious.  A flurry of geographic answers and elements, coupled with an absence of any literary allusions,played to my solving strengths today.

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Independent 7,648/Tees

Posted by Ali on 21st April 2011

Ali.

Hmmm, I’ve got mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, I would have liked to have had more time at it (on a Bank Holiday for example!), but a lack of solving time is nobody’s issue but mine. On the other hand, whilst the general consensus around these parts seems to be that the key clue in puzzles like this shouldn’t be a gimme, I’m of the opinion that it also shouldn’t be too obscure, and once I’d eventually given up on 6D and cheated to get the answer, I would have hoped to have understood it. I didn’t. And still don’t, which has unavoidably marred my enjoyment of the rest of it.

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Guardian 25,302 – Chifonie

Posted by Andrew on 21st April 2011

Andrew.

My spooky synchronicity with Chifonie continues as I get another of his puzzles to blog. As usual it’s a pleasant enough solve (though with two examples of defining a place by “in X”, and a couple of other niggles), but not very challenging. There’s the usual high proportion of charades and easy anagrams.

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Guardian 25,301 – Paul

Posted by manehi on 20th April 2011

manehi.

Found this very tough but enjoyable, especially 16a, 7d and 21,3. Still unsure on a couple of clues.

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Financial Times 13,673 by Monk

Posted by PeeDee on 20th April 2011

PeeDee.

A (mostly) straightforward crossword today, with only one clue (14 across ) that I’m not happy about.  Enjoyable, good fun and no obscure words or archaic definitions, which is nice.

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Financial Times 13,664 by Cinephile

Posted by Pete Maclean on 20th April 2011

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of April 9

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Independent 7647/Dac

Posted by John on 20th April 2011

John.

As elegant an offering from Dac as I can remember. The surfaces are uniformly excellent and all make good sense, and there is nothing at all that I can see as being remotely contentious. I suspect very few people will post because there is nothing really to argue about: all one can say is how good it is. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 1172: Inventor/Invention by Loda

Posted by HolyGhost on 20th April 2011

HolyGhost.

Back from a week’s walking north of Alnwick, and after the ‘moorland treks’ provided by the previous two puzzles, this one was more of ‘a stroll on the beach’.
 
Across clues have a misprint in the definition, correct letters providing information from which we can deduce how to enter the answers to down clues. The two central columns are unclued, and contain thematic material.

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Financial Times 13,665 / Crux

Posted by Agentzero on 20th April 2011

Agentzero.

FT Prize Puzzle from Monday April 11

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Financial Times 13672 Loroso

Posted by scchua on 19th April 2011

scchua.

 This has been gruelling!  It took me the better part of the day to finish, the last 2 being 25 and 23.  Looking back I think the difficulty was contributed by the lower proportion of wholly anagrammatic answers, which generally are easier to spot, and the use of unusual positional and anagrammatic indicators, which easily misled.  So thanks Loroso for the puzzle, from this knackered blogger and I hope your next one will be less taxing.

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Guardian 25,300 / Boatman

Posted by Gaufrid on 19th April 2011

Gaufrid.

Uncle Yap is away so I have the pleasure of covering today’s excellent puzzle.

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Independent 7646 by Radian

Posted by flashling on 19th April 2011

flashling.

Tuesday and a sterling effort from Radian, I was a bit nervous after struggling with one or two of his in the past.

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Independent 7645/Quixote

Posted by Pierre on 18th April 2011

Pierre.

My first foray into blogging a daily cryptic, so a slightly (actually, very) scary moment.  But Quixote’s clear cluing got me over the line eventually, with only a couple of the final solutions holding me up.  I haven’t been a regular solver of his Sunday Indy puzzles, so I think some of my initial hesitation might have been due to me getting used to his individual style.

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