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Archive for May, 2011

Independent 7,682/Anax

Posted by Ali on 31st May 2011

Ali.

As far as I know, Anax appears roughly once per fortnight, but it’s been nearly 6 months since I landed one of his puzzles to blog. You can always guarantee an entertaining – if rigorous – work-out with him though, and this was no exception.

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Financial Times 13707 Jason

Posted by scchua on 31st May 2011

scchua.

This was quite a challenge, partly I think because I’ve not done any or many Jasons.  After some time, though, things came together, and finally had only one iffy answer.  A 4-letter light , which after running through all the possible combinations, I settled on one, but not with 100% certainty.  I’m probably missing something here, since, looking back, all the other clues were fair and non-obscurantist.  Thanks Jason, this was enjoyable and I think I’ll do better on your next one.

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Guardian 25,336 – Paul

Posted by Uncle Yap on 31st May 2011

Uncle Yap.

Thank goodness for Wikipedia, without whose help I would be quite lost especially when the area featured today is foreign to me in every sense of the word.

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Guardian 25,335 – Brendan

Posted by Andrew on 30th May 2011

Andrew.

Apologies for a late and rather hurried Bank Holiday blog. It’s always a pleasure to see Brendan’s name, and this puzzle was enjoyable as ever. Regular readers will know that there’s always a theme in Brendan’s puzzles, but this one had me wondering where it was, and I didn’t spot it (or did I….?) until right at the end, when it was too late to be any help with solving some of the clues. I’ll say no more to avoid spoiling the fun, but if anyone missed it perhaps it will be mentioned in the comments.

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Guardian Quiptic 602 Don Putnam

Posted by scchua on 30th May 2011

scchua.

This was on the easy side, even for a Quiptic.  Some, like the first and last clues, where the answers practically identified themselves, to make up the Quick half of the hybrid, and the other half, cryptic, but not by much.  Thanks Don (perhaps you were reaching out to really new beginners).  (Definitions are underlined in the clues.)

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Independent 7681/Quixote

Posted by Pierre on 30th May 2011

Pierre.

Quixote’s getting into his stride now with his Monday Indy slots, and I found this a pleasing puzzle which I considered to be a tad harder than his previous ones.  All fairly clued in the usual Quixotic style: in other words, when in doubt, follow the instructions.

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Beelzebub 1,109 (22/05/11)

Posted by Simon Harris on 29th May 2011

Simon Harris.

A very tough solve this week – I very quickly found myself reaching for various solving aids in attempt to get this one done. The explanations for couple of clues still elude me, so I’ve reproduced them among the answers.

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AZED No. 2,034 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on 29th May 2011

The Trafites.

Great cluing from AZED this week.

There are three ‘gotchas’ (mentioned below), and several other clue wordplays that are truly great. A joy to be able to complete it, which I think, after 30 odd years of doing crosswords does prove you do improve :)

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Everyman No. 3373 (22nd May)

Posted by The Trafites on 29th May 2011

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning fellow solvers.

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Independent on Sunday 1110, by Crosophile

Posted by jetdoc on 29th May 2011

jetdoc.

Blogging from my sister’s dining room table today, up in the Lake District. An entertaining puzzle from Crosophile — relatively gentle on the solver, but with some nice twists. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 7,674 by Anax (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 21/05/11)

Posted by Simon Harris on 28th May 2011

Simon Harris.

I had been thinking it was about time that Anax and I crossed paths, and here we are. No complaints from me: Anax is one of the very finest setters around, and no mistake.

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Enigmatic Variations No 967 Suit by MynoT

Posted by twencelas on 28th May 2011

twencelas.

Well all straight clues this week  – apart from 4 with missing directions (N,E,W,S) to allow the correct quadrant of the carte-blanche grid to be completed – which means no clue numbers and clues presented (almost anyway) in alphabetical order of their solution. Also, pay attention to the preamble, entries need to be entered in a clockwise manner and towards the centre i.e. not in a conventional manner. Quite different but as it would appear to be Carte Blanche season at the minute it may “suit” my tastes.

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Guardian Prize 25,328 / Enigmatist

Posted by Eileen on 28th May 2011

Eileen.

Enigmatist kindly dropped in to give us a start the day before this puzzle came out, by telling us that it was solvable but we might need a diary.

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New FT Blogger Required

Posted by Admin on 27th May 2011

Admin.

A vacancy has arisen for someone to cover the Monday FT. As this is a prize puzzle there are virtually no time constraints, you will have nearly ten days in which to solve the puzzle and then write your post. If you interested in blogging this puzzle please send an email to: admin{at}fifteensquared{dot}net

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Guardian 25,333 / Gordius

Posted by Gaufrid on 27th May 2011

Gaufrid.

Apologies for the late post but for some reason the scheduled blogger hasn’t been able to make it today. This is just a simple clue analysis since I didn’t solve the puzzle but just used the reveal facility for the on-line version.

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