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Archive for November 14th, 2011

Guardian Quiptic 626 / Nutmeg

Posted by Big Dave on 14th November 2011

Big Dave.

I found this to be a considerable improvement on the last puzzle that I reviewed from this setter, although some of the constructs appeared to be a tad difficult for the newer solver.

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Independent 7825/Quixote

Posted by Pierre on 14th November 2011


A WYSIWYG Monday puzzle from Quixote.

And if that sounds like damning with faint praise, it’s absolutely not intended that way.  This was a crossword with accurate cluing, clear definitions, a good range of devices and many pleasing surfaces.  No ninas, no themes, no pangrams, no elevenses.  Just right for a fairly gentle introduction to the Indy week.

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Guardian 25,479 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 14th November 2011


In contrast to the tricky Enigmatist puzzle I blogged last week, this was all plain sailing. The usual straightforward clueing (with 22ac being perhaps a slightly more involved construction than usual) and smooth surface readings. Can I recommend again the interview with Rufus (aka Roger Squires) on Shuchi’s Crossword Unclued blog: it gives a fascinating insight into the amazing life of this interesting and charming man.

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