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Archive for June, 2011

Independent 7708 by Quaiteaux

Posted by flashling on 30th June 2011

flashling.

I had the pleasure of meeting Quaiteaux at the last London  S&B. Found this pretty difficult in places and some bits still evade me.

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Financial Times No. 13,733 by SLEUTH

Posted by Ringo on 30th June 2011

Ringo.

Rattled through this without too much difficulty. Was brought up short once or twice by some pretty baroque clueing, but, on the whole, nothing too 29ac.

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Guardian 25,362 / Chifonie

Posted by mhl on 30th June 2011

mhl.

An easy but enjoyable puzzle from Chifonie – and for once I have a time-zone difference that makes it easy to get the post done in time :)

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Financial Times 13,723 by Cinephile

Posted by Pete Maclean on 30th June 2011

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of June 18
I found this puzzle to be tough. In particular, 4A, 14D and 18D all stumped me for a while. I still do not completely understand 14D (ILLUSTRATOR) but trust I have the right answer. The only clue I greatly like is 19D (HYSTERIA) while I have doubts about 2D and 18D.

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Financial Times 13,732 by Cinephile

Posted by PeeDee on 29th June 2011

PeeDee.

Classic fare from Cinephile – inventive, witty and good fun.

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Independent 7,707 / Crosophile

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 29th June 2011

RatkojaRiku.

Tackling a puzzle by a compiler/pseudonym that is new to one is always an exciting and somewhat daunting prospect, and especially daunting on a day when one has been scheduled to produce a blog: will this be the day when I will have to throw in the towel and send in only a partial blog, one wonders?

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Guardian 25,361 / Brendan

Posted by Eileen on 29th June 2011

Eileen.

I was thinking it was a while since we had a Brendan puzzle, so I was very pleased to see his name on this one. Unusually, his last offering told us, ‘There is no theme in this crossword’ but I don’t think I am giving too much away at this point if I say that there are several ‘themes’ in this one!

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Inquisitor 1182 – Guru by Nimrod

Posted by Hihoba on 29th June 2011

Hihoba.

It was relatively easy to identify the Guru of the title, less so to complete this multi-threaded puzzle.

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Independent 7,706/Eimi

Posted by Ali on 28th June 2011

Ali.

It’s been quite a while since I blogged an Eimi puzzle, so this was a welcome appearance from the Ed.

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Financial Times 13731 Courtier

Posted by scchua on 28th June 2011

scchua.

Since this setter was new to me, I searched and found that he/she makes just a single appearance in the FT every 2nd half of June, since 2008.  This coincides with another annual event, which event explains the pseudonym itself.  I imagine this is one of the regular setters, dusting off this particular pseudonym once a year, round about this time.  Edit.note:  L’Envoi:  I (and readers as well, I’m sure) am honoured that Courtier has revealed his identity below (thanks niloci for facilitating) – he’s this veteran gentleman here.

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Guardian 25,360 – Paul, the Master

Posted by Uncle Yap on 28th June 2011

Uncle Yap.

It has been a laugh a minute this morning when I unravelled Paul’s latest offering. In many cases, I first hazarded a likely answer and then worked backwards to justify the word-play and what a good time I had. Paul, you are hereby elevated to being another Master in my book.

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Posted in Guardian | 32 Comments »

Sloggers and Betters in Cheltenham

Posted by jetdoc on 27th June 2011

jetdoc.

On behalf of Eric Westbrook:

A 3D Bloggers and Setters in Cheltenham — August 6th

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Guardian Quiptic 606 / Pan

Posted by Big Dave on 27th June 2011

Big Dave.

Another excellent Quiptic from Pan.  Unfortunately at the time I solved it the answer to 22 down had the middle two letters reversed which then gave an incorrect spelling for 25 across.

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Guardian 25,359 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 27th June 2011

Andrew.

The usual straightforward stuff from Rufus today, with lots of double definitions. Only two cryptic definitions, one of which I find rather unsatisfactory.

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Independent 7705 by Quixote

Posted by NealH on 27th June 2011

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Posted in Independent | 9 Comments »