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Guardian Cryptic 25458 Araucaria

Posted by scchua on 20th October 2011


Having done so many Araucarian puzzles (I’ve mentioned before that I cut my crytic crossword teeth on his Monkey Puzzles), this is the first time, I’m blogging one.  And it’s typically Araucarian, a couple of liberties, mix of long and short wordplays, some lovely descriptions and definitions, and he makes you work (hard) for your money, though I must confess that a couple of answers for the more intricate wordplays were obtained from the enumeration or definition.  Thanks Araucaria for the challenge and the enjoyment.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  For a change, the hidden connections are in the last 2 pictures at the bottom.

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Financial Times no.13,829 by BRADMAN

Posted by Ringo on 20th October 2011


Is the FT getting harder, or am I getting stupider? That’s a rhetorical question. Took me a while to work through this lovely puzzle from the Don, which touches on ornithology, pharmacology, philosophy and one or two things one would sooner not be made to consider over breakfast. Thanks, Bradman.

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Independent 7804 by Anarche

Posted by flashling on 20th October 2011


Anarche has stopped running dressed as a bottle for charity for long enough to weave more trickery for the unwary, indeed there’s at least one I just can’t see the wordplay to.

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Financial Times 13,820 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 20th October 2011

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Oct 10

A gentle puzzle from Mr Natural:-)

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Financial Times 13,819 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 20th October 2011

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 8

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