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Archive for May 25th, 2011

Independent,7,677/Crosophile

Posted by Ali on 25th May 2011

Ali.

There’s a mighty big pair of shoes to fill with Dac only appearing fortnightly, but I thought this was every bit as good as we’ve come to expect on a Wednesday. Nothing hugely difficult, but lots of elegant clues and a nice variety of devices. Crosophile is an excellent addition to the Indy’s already very good band of setters.

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Financial Times 13,702 by Mudd

Posted by PeeDee on 25th May 2011

PeeDee.

A pleasant and not too difficult crossword today.  Yet another crossword I have solved recently from Mudd/Paul/Punk with references to ‘arses/bottoms/bums’ (17 across).  This seems to be becoming something of a signature from him, make of that whatever you will.  My favourite clue was 4 across, though there were many other good clues today, 11, 18 and 20 also deserve a special mention. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 1177: Problem by Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on 25th May 2011

duncanshiell.

Another puzzle, another preamble that has me wondering ‘What?’ on the first run through.  In the end though it all made sense.  This was a wonderful puzzle which took a couple of days to solve and appreciate everything that was going on.

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Guardian 25,331 – Araucaria

Posted by Andrew on 25th May 2011

Andrew.

I was surprised to find that I haven’t blogged an Araucaria puzzle for just over six months (since when I have met the man himself for the first time), but this makes up for it with some cleverly intertwined clues based around the theme of a quotation that is probably best known because of a film that takes its title from it. There are quite a few liberties taken in this one that I’m not keen on, such as a rather loose interpretation of what “a lot of” can mean, and a couple of rather obscure answers at 3dn and 14dn, but on the whole it was a typically enjoyable challenge. Any typos or other errors below can be blamed on the after-effects of an enjoyable Sloggers and Betters evening – thanks for Jane & John (and maybe others) for the organisation of that.

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