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Financial Times 13,768 by Monk

Posted by PeeDee on 31st August 2011

PeeDee.

This is a good but tough crossword from Monk, I think he is one of the harder FT setters.

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Arachne / Anarche

Posted by Admin on 31st August 2011

Admin.

Those of you who would like to see how Arachne/Anarche spends her spare time, and perhaps help her to achieve her goal regarding support for a good cause, should visit www.pageant.org.uk/sarah.htm where there is some interesting reading.

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Independent 7761 by Crosophile

Posted by flashling on 31st August 2011

flashling.

So it’s Crosophile for me today. I found this mostly straightforward with no obvious Ninas or other setter games being played which is a relief after last week’s Tees.

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Guardian nº25415, by Chifonie

Posted by Stella on 31st August 2011

Stella.

Fortunately for me on the morning after a twelve-hour journey back from Dublin, there was nothing too taxing in this puzzle.

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Inquisitor 1191: A Dream Holiday by Kruger

Posted by kenmac on 31st August 2011

kenmac.

The preamble, rather vaguely, tells us that we need to highlight 23 squares and blank out 1 row. These items depict a musical reference and express the sentiment leading directly to the return trip – whatever that means! Also, around half the clues lead to an extra letter and around half the clues lead to a missing letter. I’ve never seen that trick before and it made the clues that extra bit tricky. Seeing as there are 43 clues, I guess that there are 23 of one type and 22 of the other. These leaders, in contiguous blocks, lead to the travellers and their chosen route.

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Independent 7,760 / Scorpion

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 30th August 2011

RatkojaRiku.

My apologies for a later than normal post: I have just returned home from a holiday and dug out my laptop.

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Financial Times 13785 Neo

Posted by scchua on 30th August 2011

scchua.

A bit of apprehension when I saw Neo as the setter (having had diffulties with Tees before).  But I think Neo is pitched a little easier, and this didn’t cause too many problems.  My CODs were the 2 No. 1s.  Thanks Neo.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  Hidden connections are in 2 of the picture sets.

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Guardian 25,414 / Brendan

Posted by Gaufrid on 30th August 2011

Gaufrid.

Uncle Yap is away on one of his hash runs today so I’m afraid you will have to put up with me instead.

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Guardian Quiptic 615 Orlando

Posted by scchua on 29th August 2011

scchua.

Orlando has got both Quiptic and Cryptic spots today, including one word common to both solutions.  This is definitely, and rightly so, the easier one.  All nicely clued.  Thanks Orlando.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  Hidden connections in 2 of the picture sets, one of which is very topical.

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Guardian 25,413 / Orlando

Posted by Eileen on 29th August 2011

Eileen.

After Araucaria’s Bank Holiday double challenge, a very pleasant diversion from Orlando for the holiday itself. I didn’t find this too taxing but there’s much to admire here: the usual wit, elegance and variety in the cluing [too many instances to mention here] and some nice references to a wide range of topics – something for almost everyone, I hope. Many thanks, Orlando, for putting me in holiday mood. :-)

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Independent 7759 by Morph

Posted by NealH on 29th August 2011

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Cyclops 450: The Empire does not strike back

Posted by jetdoc on 29th August 2011

jetdoc.

As usual when I blog a Cyclops, I was held up by the wordplay of just one clue — in this case, 2/11d. Otherwise, all pretty straightforward. And I am on time this week, praise be! Read the rest of this entry »

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Beelzebub 1122

Posted by Jed on 28th August 2011

Jed.

Could not have got poet at 23a without recourse to google. Indian word in 3d is spelt differently in Chambers. 8d was a very hard nut to crack.

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Azed 2047 – “Cherchez la Femme”

Posted by Andrew on 28th August 2011

Andrew.

Azed last (and I think first) set a special of this kind in June 2008. Tilsit reported finding it very difficult (and I see from the comments that I did too), and I would say the same about this one. I think this is at least partly because of the very high proportion of relatively obscure words – I’d say getting on for two-thirds of the answers – though some of them were guessable from experience or (eventually) deducible from the wordplay and crossing letters. Ten pairs of mismatching intersections may not seem much out of a grid of 144 squares, but the stipulation that “no across or down word in the diagram is affected more than once” means that ten across and ten down answers have to be changed – more than half of both. My technique was to pencil in answers as I (quite slowly, and over several sessions) got them, and ink in the unaffected letters as I identified the mismatches. Because of the ambiguity of what the replacement letter should be (e.g. A/M could give either G or, by “treating the alphabet as cyclical”, T), I didn’t spot the “female forename” until I’d found almost all the intersections.

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Everyman N° 3,386 (21 August 2011)

Posted by PeterO on 28th August 2011

PeterO.

A pleasant solve, with a good variety of clue types. A certain amount of general knowledge is required, but nothing seems to me to be too obscure, although in 11A we have the combination of wordplay more convoluted than most and a reference unfamiliar to me, at least. Read the rest of this entry »

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