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Archive for September 24th, 2011

Guardian Prize 25,430 / Araucaria

Posted by Eileen on 24th September 2011


If I hadn’t seen the name on this puzzle, I think I’d have been rather hard put to it to guess that it was an Araucaria, let alone a Prize [though the appearance of the long clue at 22 etc might have been a give-away – but see later on that].  Many of the clues, such as 10, 13, 14, 21, 28ac and 1, 2 and 19dn, would not have been out of place in a Monday Rufus crossword. Not that there’s anything wrong with Rufus puzzles on a Monday morning, as I’ve said many times before, but this was not what I call a Saturday challenge. It’s rather like biting into a chocolate that you think is a hard centre only to find that it’s soft – not nasty but not what you’re expecting, therefore not really satisfying.

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Independent 7776 by Bannsider (Saturday Prize Puzzle 17 September 2011)

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 24th September 2011


No fancy themes or ninas/Ninas from Bannsider this week (or, at least, none that I could see) – just an enjoyable mental work-out for a Saturday morning – and a bit of Saturday afternoon, eventually finished off late Sunday… although…

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Enigmatic Variations No.984 – Practically Worthless by Lato

Posted by Mister Sting on 24th September 2011

Mister Sting.

On a first reading, the preamble doesn’t give one a lot to go on:

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