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Guardian Cryptic 25434 Chifonie

Posted by scchua on 22nd September 2011

scchua.

Thanks Chifonie for a not too difficult, but nevertheless enjoyable, puzzle.  I liked 14A, 2D and 20D for their surfaces.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  Hidden connections are in 2 of the picture sets.  (See also comment#3)

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Independent 7780 by Tees

Posted by flashling on 22nd September 2011

flashling.

Last time I got Tees he set a triple pangram, not this time but I found this to be a stern test in places, rather tricky indeed…

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Financial Times 13,796 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 22nd September 2011

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Sep 12

Are there any other average solvers out there who thought this Dante crossword was somewhat harder than usual?

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Financial Times 13,795 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 22nd September 2011

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of September 10

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Financial Times 13,804 by Aardvark

Posted by PeeDee on 21st September 2011

PeeDee.

Good stuff from Aardvark, with one clue that I am unable to solve.  Can anyone help?

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Guardian 25,433 / Gordius

Posted by Eileen on 21st September 2011

Eileen.

My second blog of a Gordius puzzle in less than two weeks – and it’s another rather mixed bag …

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Independent 7,779 / Dac

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 21st September 2011

RatkojaRiku.

A recent blogger of a Dac puzzle defied any reader to pick fault with what he saw as a flawless set of clues, and I can only echo those sentiments in respect of Dac’s offering today.

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Inquisitor 1194 – Presidential Interference by Emma

Posted by Hihoba on 21st September 2011

Hihoba.

Simple rubric starting with the encouraging words “Having completed the grid”. So no immediate need to think about the puzzle element, get on with the clues. The answers were pretty straightforward but we still have trouble with the wordplay in 1Across. Any helpful comments welcome.

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Independent 7,778/Crosophile

Posted by Ali on 20th September 2011

Ali.

I think this is the first Crosophile puzzle I’ve blogged, and very enjoyable it was too.

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Financial Times 13803 Gurney

Posted by scchua on 20th September 2011

scchua.

An elegant and enjoyable puzzle, with clean-cut clues, gentler than what the setter’s alter ego would have in the Indy.  Thanks Gurney.  Quite a few anagrams, but not complaining, as I like anagrams (unless they’re incredibly long).  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  Hidden connections in 2 of the picture sets.

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Guardian 25,432 – Bonxie

Posted by Uncle Yap on 20th September 2011

Uncle Yap.

This is very much an alcoholic puzzle centred around the pub and various drinks which can make you feel quite thirsty. Bonxie has taken some minor liberties with his clues but then they are not all that terribly unfair and in the end, very solvable.  Indeed, it has been a very entertaining morning for me.

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Guardian Quiptic 618 / Beale

Posted by Big Dave on 19th September 2011

Big Dave.

A pleasant puzzle which was made more difficult by the incorrect enumeration of 14 down.

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Independent 7777 by Math

Posted by NealH on 19th September 2011

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Posted in Independent | 18 Comments »

Guardian 25,431 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 19th September 2011

Andrew.

A very quick and easy one from Rufus today, with plenty of cryptic definitions (of varying degrees of crypticity) for those that like them, and the usual smooth surface readings. Only 3dn had me struggling slightly to find a suitable word to fit.

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Beelzebub 1,125

Posted by Simon Harris on 18th September 2011

Simon Harris.

A top quality puzzle of medium difficulty this week, I found. Just one question from me at 10dn, which is a shame because I’ve a feeling it’s the best clue here.

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