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Archive for July 14th, 2011

Independent 7,721/Radian

Posted by Ali on 14th July 2011


Well, to paraphrase Mark Twain, some may see this as a good puzzle spoiled, but I thought it was a belter.

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Financial Times no. 13,745 by HAMILTON

Posted by Ringo on 14th July 2011


Mostly a doddle, this one, in spite of a couple of sly misdirections and too many financial allusions for this solver’s comfort (although I suppose there may be solvers who buy the FT for reasons other than the crossword). I thought that a couple of the constructions were a bit on the inelegant side, and wasn’t too enamoured of the two long anagrams, but all in all a decent way to start a Thursday.

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Guardian 25,374 – Crucible

Posted by Andrew on 14th July 2011


I’ve found some of Crucible’s puzzles rather hard, so I was a bit worried when I saw that I had to blog this one, but it turned out to be quite reasonable, though a good mental workout and satisfying to finish. There were a few clues where the answer was fairly obvious when I had a few checking letters in, but the wordplay took some thinking to identify, especially the cleverly worded 10ac and 26ac. There were some links between clues involving 8 and 26 – diametrical opposites in the grid but otherwise unrelated, I think – though hardly enough to qualify as a “theme”. I’m not convinced by my explanation of 2dn and would be happy to hear alternatives. Hah! Got it – see below.

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Financial Times 13,735 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 14th July 2011

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of July 2

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