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Archive for August, 2011

Guardian Prize 25,406 / Brummie

Posted by Eileen on 27th August 2011


I was away for the weekend and took my Guardian with me. I was, naturally, amazed and disappointed to find the previous day’s Araucaria’s puzzle when I opened it to solve the crossword!  – but the less said about that the better, so soon after the Eroica fiasco a couple of weeks ago – also, unfortunately, in a prize puzzle.

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Independent 7752 by Nestor (Saturday prize puzzle 20th August 2011)

Posted by twencelas on 27th August 2011


A tricky one this week from Nestor, with a good use of different vocabulary to direct or mis-direct the solver.

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Enigmatic Variations No.980 – Balancing Acts by Nudd

Posted by Mister Sting on 27th August 2011

Mister Sting.

Balancing Acts, eh? What sort of acrobatics does Nudd have in store? He/She/It tells us to highlight “the work in which the quotation was originally attributed”. That’s an odd instruction – what can it mean? (Well, it’s fairly clear what it means, but what does it imply about the quotation?)

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Guardian N° 25,411 by Gordius

Posted by PeterO on 26th August 2011


Once I had dug out the answer to 1A, this puzzle gave me little trouble. Gordius comes up with several ingenious misdirections, and a smile at 24A; but there are also some clues (10A, 13A, 17A) where he seems to be waving his arms about furiously to indicate the answer. I submitted this blog first to Gaufrid, who had a few useful comments; my thanks to him.
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Independent 7757/Phi

Posted by John on 26th August 2011


As always a nice solving experience from Phi. My heart tends to sink when I see that many of the clues refer to some other clue: one is always slow to get started and what if I can’t get it? But in this case it was pretty straightforward and everything followed easily.

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Financial Times 13,782 / Falcon

Posted by Gaufrid on 26th August 2011


With each of the corners being linked to the rest of the grid by only a single answer this was more like four puzzles in one.

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Guardian Cryptic 25410 Bonxie

Posted by scchua on 25th August 2011


I had come across a few Bonxies I couldn’t complete, and was afraid this one would be the same – well almost, with the NW being the last to yield.  Tricky in places, but nice workout.  Thanks Bonxie.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  Two of the picture sets have got a hidden connection.

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Independent 7756 by Tees

Posted by flashling on 25th August 2011


Three cheers for Tees today. I’m back after my week off here setting off a few fireworks and many thanks to Eileen for covering for me.

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Financial Times no.13,781 by GAFF

Posted by Ringo on 25th August 2011


In a bit of a hurry this morning, so please forgive any typos/slips/basic errors of logic and/or judgment.

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Financial Times 13,772 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 25th August 2011

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Aug 15

Two Dante puzzles in a row, but I am not one who is going to complain about that .

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Financial Times 13,771 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 25th August 2011

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of August 13

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Financial Times 13,780 by Aardvark

Posted by PeeDee on 24th August 2011


A good plain crossword from Aardvark.   No themes, ninas or other funny business, just straightforward crossword fun.  My favourite clue was 14 down, least favourite was 17 down.

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Guardian 25,409 / Enigmatist

Posted by Eileen on 24th August 2011


Well, this was a surprise for a Wednesday – especially as I was convinced we were due for a Gordius – but I’m certainly not complaining! It was quite a tough work-out but there were some very satisfying moments when various pennies dropped. There might be some eyebrows raised at ‘parochial’ sayings / references but there were, as always, some really excellent clues. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. Many thanks, Enigmatist, for a really satisfying puzzle.

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Independent 7,755 / Dac

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 24th August 2011


With Dac as the mastermind behind today’s puzzle, highly sound clues with
smooth-as-silk surface readings were bound to be the order of the day,
and Dac did not disappoint. Overall, I very much enjoyed this puzzle
and made steady progress throughout, grinding to a halt only in the SW corner,
where 19 and 21 were both new words for me. My own feeling is that it was rather
beastly of Dac to slot two less familiar words into the same corner of the puzzle!

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Inquisitor 1190 – Part-time by Charybdis

Posted by Hihoba on 24th August 2011


Has Charybdis been on holiday to Cornwall recently? If so he set a corking crossword while there! The rubric was pretty complex and, having read through it and not understood much, I cracked on with the normal clues. These were reasonably straightforward, though, as usual, I had Spenserian problems and found some wordplay difficult.

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