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Archive for June, 2011

Financial Times 13,726 by Gozo

Posted by PeeDee on 22nd June 2011


A great crossword from Gozo, very enjoyable and I managed it with only a little help from Wikipedia this time.

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Inquisitor 1181: Repetitive Practice by Charybdis

Posted by duncanshiell on 22nd June 2011


The preamble stated that unchecked letters of the 10 unclued grid entries, including mutual crossing letters, spell CELIBATE BEDTIME WEEK. The unclued entries could be described by 13 contiguous cells (3,6,4) which extend from top to bottom of the grid.  These cells (forming the ’27’?) must be highlighted.

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Guardian 25,355 – Paul

Posted by Andrew on 22nd June 2011


A couple of weeks ago I noted that I was blogging my first Araucaria puzzle for over six months; today I see that this is my first Paul for even longer: since 23rd September last year in fact. This is a typically enjoyable sample of his work, with a fishy theme (revealed in the clues, so I don’t think giving anything away).

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Financial Times 13725 Neo

Posted by scchua on 21st June 2011


This was a relaxing puzzle with which to restart blogging.  All straightforward, and perhaps made easier by quite a few anagrams (9 answers which are complete anagrams).  Got off to a roaring start with 1A, 1D and 8D, 3 out the 4 long ones, and that helped tremendously.  Some excellent surfaces, like 12A, 14D, 15D, 17D, 21A.  Thanks Neo.

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Independent 7700/Radian

Posted by John on 21st June 2011


A very good crossword from Radian today, with 5dn as its theme, which appears in some form in many of the answers and clues. I find these crosswords where there is a large amount of linking between the clues rather difficult to get started on, because one doesn’t know what on earth is going on until one has cracked the theme. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 25,354 – Arachne

Posted by Uncle Yap on 21st June 2011

Uncle Yap.

Another delightful Tuesday morning spent unravelling Arachne’s exquisite blend of teasers. Lots of entertainment value.

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Guardian 25,353 / Rufus

Posted by Gaufrid on 20th June 2011


The scheduled blogger has gone AWOL so here is an analysis of the clues. I didn’t solve this puzzle (I have just parsed the clues from the published solution) and so cannot comment on its difficulty, enjoyability etc (I’ll leave that to others) but it did strike me that there was a lot of blurring of the edges when it came to some of the double/cryptic definitions.

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Independent 7699/Klingsor

Posted by Pierre on 20th June 2011


Bonjour!  And there’s a bit of that going on today, as you’ll discover if you read on …

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Guardian Quiptic Nº 605 by Arachne

Posted by PeterO on 20th June 2011


Another Arachne quiptic for me to blog, which suits me very well; her clues are elegant and smoothly surfaced. There are a few general knowledge references which may not be so general, but that’s what Wikipedia is for. Read the rest of this entry »

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Private Eye/Cyclops 445 – Disgraced leaders

Posted by beermagnet on 20th June 2011


I found I had only 8 to go after the first pass so I suppose this was easier than usual.  That’s enough blather – let’s have a look at the detail:

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Azed 2037/missing blog

Posted by ilancaron on 19th June 2011

No longer under construction… but nonetheless a bit unfinished.  Gaufrid had to remind on Sunday evening that I was a bit late with the blog — so I scrounged around for the BRB to spend an hour or so of quality time with it.  This is the result — with a lot of help from my (virtual) friends.

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Beelzebub 1112

Posted by Jed on 19th June 2011



1 Hairy fawn, mostly alert after one intrudes

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Independent on Sunday 1,113 by Hypnos

Posted by Uncle Yap on 19th June 2011

Uncle Yap.

A month ago, I blogged Hypnos and found the setter quite entertaining. June’s offering is just as varied with a couple of hard-boiled eggs as befits a prized puzzle.

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Everyman No 3,376

Posted by Stella on 19th June 2011


A straightforward offering from Everyman this week, with a number of fairly obvious anagrams and charades, but none the less enjoyable for it, and with a couple new expressions – for me at least. Read the rest of this entry »

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Enigmatic Variations 970: Suitably Abbreviated by Chalicea

Posted by Dave Hennings on 18th June 2011

Dave Hennings.

Having just finished spending far too long tearing my hair out on Sabre’s latest Listener, it was a pleasant relief to tackle Chalicea’s first EV puzzle.

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