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Independent 7679 / Phi

Posted by Gaufrid on 27th May 2011

Gaufrid.

I only head a short while ago that flashling is unwell, and unable to blog, so apologies for the delayed appearance of this post (which has been produced in somewhat of a hurry so please excuse any errors).

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Financial Times 13,704 / Sleuth

Posted by Gaufrid on 27th May 2011

Gaufrid.

Half of the answers went in very quickly during my first pass through the clues, the other half took somewhat longer due to some intricate wordplay in places. I am unable to fully explain 6dn so I am hoping that someone will be able to help me out with this one.

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Guardian 25,332 / Philistine

Posted by Eileen on 26th May 2011

Eileen.

Philistine hasn’t yet got a profile on the Guardian website, let alone made it to Michael Curl’s ‘Who’s Who’, so I think we can take it that s/he is a new setter. This was somewhat disconcerting, especially on a Thursday, when we expect something rather challenging, but it turned out to be plain sailing. In fact, this would make an admirable Quiptic puzzle: as well as an abundance of anagrams, there is at least one example of just about every clue type imaginable [and some  old favourites] with some wit thrown in at 12, 23 and 26ac and 9dn. A good puzzle for those still cutting their teeth on cryptics.

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Financial Times no. 13,703 by Flimsy

Posted by Ringo on 26th May 2011

Ringo.

Enjoyable one, this, though not too challenging. If I were feeling crotchety, I’d say that a couple of the devices were a little hackneyed – but happily I’m not (today, at least), so instead I’ll call them agreeably old-school.

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Independent 7,678 / Klingsor

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 26th May 2011

RatkojaRiku.

For me, this puzzle was pitched at exactly the right level, offering me a manageable challenge and plenty of entertainment to start the day, as well as broadening my general knowledge – many thanks, Klingsor.

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Financial Times 13,694 / Dante

Posted by Agentzero on 26th May 2011

Agentzero.

Monday Prize Crossword from May 16

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Financial Times 13,693 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 26th May 2011

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of May 14

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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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Independent 7676/Nimrod

Posted by John on 24th May 2011

John.

Just what one doesn’t want when in a hurry to get the blog done. This took me quite a long time and if it hadn’t been for the Reveal button I’d still be doing it now. Time and again I gave up, pressed Reveal, and looked at the clue for a long time before explaining it; which I failed to do in every case: some are still a mystery to me.

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Financial Times 13701 REDSHANK

Posted by scchua on 24th May 2011

scchua.

First time I’m blogging this setter, and can’t say whether I’ve done his puzzles previously.  Slow start, but progressed steadily.  He seems to favour &lits, at least in this puzzle, and there are some excellent surface readings as well.  Thanks REDSHANK.  (Definitions are underlined in the clues.)

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Guardian 25,330 – Arachne

Posted by Uncle Yap on 24th May 2011

Uncle Yap.

I do not remember ever blogging this setter and today’s mini-theme of people who need their heads examined left me as cold as if I were reading about 18th-century Russian shipbuilding terminology. However, there are some very clever, creative and challenging clues …

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Independent 7675 by Radian

Posted by nmsindy on 23rd May 2011

nmsindy.

Very tough puzzle today from Radian, but I got there in the end, solving time 67 mins.       The lower half of the grid I found particularly difficult.

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