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Archive for October, 2011

Financial Times no.13,835 by SLEUTH

Posted by Ringo on 27th October 2011


An uneventful morning’s work, this one (the sole novelty being that, due to an apparent FT famine in north Leeds, I had to print the puzzle off and, disorientingly, solve it on white paper instead of pink…). I enjoyed it, although with rather too many of the clues I found myself solving through a combination of crossing letters and definitions rather than labouring through the charades.

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Financial Times 13,826 – Armonie

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 27th October 2011

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Oct 17

Time for a change: Armonie taking the Monday spot in the FT. On many occasions ‘over there’ (ie the Guardian blog) posters made clear that Chifonie (Armonie’s alter ego) would be a good setter for a Monday crossword. Well, here he is, in his other disguise.

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Financial Times 13,825 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 27th October 2011

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 15

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Financial Times 13,834 by Cinephile

Posted by PeeDee on 26th October 2011


A varied crossword from Cinephile with a few liberties thrown in to spark the usual heated debate ( ‘heated debate’ on the FT blog being a post with more than 2 comments).

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The Guardian No 25,463 / Chifonie

Posted by Stella on 26th October 2011


Sorry for the late blog, I’ve just got back from seeing my husband off for his first session of radiotherapy. I’ll do the puzzle as quickly as I can and write up a quick one.

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Independent 7809 by Crosophile

Posted by flashling on 26th October 2011


Crosophile reappears to give Dac a rest, only just done one from him in Sunday’s Independent of 3 days ago but I don’t think that’s giving too much away on that one, yesterday Quixote was having a little moan about 2/5 checking but there’s none of that today.

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Inquisitor 1199: In Attendance by Phi

Posted by kenmac on 26th October 2011


The preamble tells us that significant points (we’re not told how many) of a trajectory using a “33” (10 letters) and implied by a song are omitted from wordplay.  (Yikes, what the H does that mean?) Apparently the trajectory has an implied recipient! (It’s getting worse!) (to be written below the grid)  In 17 other clues, the wordplay  yields an extra letter not to be entered in the grid, which ask a question. (Ah, back to near normality, for these things.) And the answer to the question has to be highlighted using most of (!) the letters in a single row.

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Financial Times 13833 Gaff

Posted by scchua on 25th October 2011


An entertaining puzzle from Gaff.  The theme subject was wide enough, though to be honest, it didn’t enter into my solving of it, as I took 11A literally as it was.  Almost on completion, I spotted what Gaff was pointing to.  Thanks Gaff.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  There is a hidden connection in the picture montage at the end.  Also, pardon the late posting, interrupted because I had to run an errand.

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Independent 7,808 / Scorpion

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 25th October 2011


I had to dig deep this morning to complete and blog this one in time, which is not unusual for a Scorpion puzzle or, indeed, for a puzzle using a grid such as this, where so many first letters of entries are not checked. Furthermore, some of the wordplay proved to be tantalisingly elusive, not least at 3, and I was not familiar with the cyclist at 4.

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Guardian 25,462 – Araucaria

Posted by Uncle Yap on 25th October 2011

Uncle Yap.

What a tour de force from The Master.



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Independent 7807/Punk

Posted by Pierre on 24th October 2011


Possibly the weirdest solving experience I’ve ever had.  I blogged a Punk a couple of months ago, and really enjoyed it.  That one was pretty straightforward, but this one … well, tell me what you think.

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Guardian Quiptic 623 Pan

Posted by scchua on 24th October 2011


A straightforward Quiptic, nicely pitched.  The key to a quick solve are the 4 long answers horizontally and vertically around the centre.  One of them was a new word to me, though the examples of what it stands for are quite familiar.  I liked the surface of 18A, 2D, 16D, 17D, and 18D, the latter 3 with an adult content (as they say).  Thanks Pan.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  There are hidden connections in 2 of the picture sets.

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Guardian 25,461 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on 24th October 2011


A pleasant Rufus puzzle to start the week, with the expected succinctly elegant surfaces and touches of wry humour, with a liberal sprinkling of double definitions. There are a couple of old favourite prison-related clues at 6dn and 11dn but one or two clues which needed a bit more thinking about. Many thanks, Rufus, for starting the day with a few smiles.

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Cyclops 454: Body parts

Posted by jetdoc on 24th October 2011


Even for a Cyclops, this one abounded in anatomical references. A fairly quick solve for me — nothing in the clues really held me up. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beelzebub 1130

Posted by Jed on 23rd October 2011


A smooth and enjoyable ride this week


dd = double definition      ( )* = anagram      { } = omit      < = reverse

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