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Archive for November, 2011

Tips For Solving Alphabetical Jigsaw Crosswords

Posted by Admin on 26th November 2011


The following is a copy of a blog written by PeeDee for an Araucaria puzzle that appeared in the Guardian on 19/11/2011. It contains useful tips for those who have not met this type of puzzle before (scroll down to below the main body of the blog if you don’t want to read the clues, answers etc.).

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Independent 7830 / Punk – Saturday Prize Puzzle 19 November 2011

Posted by duncanshiell on 26th November 2011


If there is a theme in this puzzle, I can’t spot it.  The puzzle is not a pangram.  This was simply a soundly constructed crossword with only a couple of  words or phrases that I don’t come across on a regular basis.  

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Enigmatic Variations No. 993: Mind the Gap by Ifor

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 26th November 2011


For a long while, the ‘gap’ causing the most problems for me with this puzzle was the one between my ears…

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Guardian Prize Puzzle 25,484 by Araucaria

Posted by PeeDee on 26th November 2011


To me this is absolutely classic Araucaria – an alphabetical jigsaw with great clues cutting a swathe through general knowlegde, and taking some Araucarian liberties in the process.  Not an easy solve but a very satisfying one.  A real pleasure to solve and blog, thank you Araucaria.

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Independent 7,835/Phi

Posted by Ali on 25th November 2011


For anyone who has navigated here directly and/or solved this online, your attention is drawn to this note on the main page.

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Financial Times 13,860 / Sleuth

Posted by Gaufrid on 25th November 2011


A quick solve for me today as the wordplay, or subsidiary indication as some prefer to call it, was quite clear in all the clues. I prefer something that presents a bit more of a challenge but this puzzle would definitely suit beginners and intermediates in the art of cryptic crossword solving. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 25,489 – Bonxie

Posted by Andrew on 25th November 2011


I’ve sometimes found Bonxie’s puzzles quite hard, but this one wasn’t too bad, despite a few rather obscure words. Read the rest of this entry »

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Today’s (25/11) Indy by Phi

Posted by Admin on 25th November 2011


From Kathryn Friedlander and Philip Fine at the University of Buckingham:

In 2010/11 we invited a number of crossword solvers to take part in recorded trials at Buckingham, during which they solved a cryptic crossword while commenting on their progress out loud. This crossword has been published today in the Independent newspaper as ‘Cryptic Crossword 7385 by Phi’.

In order to gain a richer understanding of the particular dynamics of this puzzle, we are inviting comments on it from all solvers who tackled the published version on or shortly after Friday 25th November 2011.

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Independent 7834/Mordred

Posted by John on 24th November 2011


A good crossword from Mordred today, although there was in my opinion too much checking of less than 50%, including two of the dreaded 2 out of 5s. Otherwise nothing very controversial I think.

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Financial Times no.13,859 by ALBERICH

Posted by Ringo on 24th November 2011


Some lovely – if at times maddeningly convoluted – clueing by Alberich here. Had terrible trouble with the left-hand side of the grid, but that’s down to the fuzziness of my brain today rather than any flaws in the puzzle. A good work-out.

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Guardian 25,488 / Araucaria

Posted by Eileen on 24th November 2011


Since I’m only a substitute today, I count myself very lucky to have drawn this fun puzzle from Araucaria. I really enjoyed it, for its  amusing, whimsical  cluing and some clever linking between clues, that was not too obtrusive – and not too many liberties taken today, I think!

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Financial Times 13,850 – Crux

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 24th November 2011

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Nov 14

Crux is one of those setters whose crosswords I am always looking forward to. Many lovely touches and thoughtful cluing along the way.

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Financial Times 13,849 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 24th November 2011

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of November 12

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Financial Times 13,858 by Cinephile

Posted by PeeDee on 23rd November 2011


A relatively straightforward puzzle from Cinephile, and nothing contentious that I can see.  Thank you Cinephile for an enjoyable puzzle.

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Guardian Cryptic crossword No 25,487, by Arachne

Posted by Stella on 23rd November 2011


There’s always a lot of fun in the Spider Woman’s puzzles, and this one was no exception, though I did find it rather full of “pick out the letters” clues.

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