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Archive for November, 2011

Independent 7833 by Dac

Posted by flashling on 23rd November 2011


Half expected Crosophile as I’ve got him a few months running on Wednesdays, but always a pleasure to get a Dac as ever little contentious with a couple of &lits.

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Inquisitor 1203: Caveat by Hypnos

Posted by kenmac on 23rd November 2011


The title is “CAVEAT”, which means a notice or a warning! According to the preamble, the wordplay, in thirty clues, generates an extra letter giving a variant of a quotation. There are four examples in the perimeter and the central column forms the original subject. In addition, the last three clues contain an extra word, the first and last letters, of which, form the quotation’s source. To help us complete the perimeter, Hypnos has given us the letters forming the phrase ABOLISH PIOUS PARADE.

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Financial Times 13,857 / Armonie

Posted by Gaufrid on 22nd November 2011


One for newcomers to cryptic puzzles today, with nothing particularly difficult nor any rare or unusual answers. I have a minor query regarding part of the wordplay in 18dn but apart from that everything seemed fair.

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Independent 7,832 / Scorpion – to coin a phrase

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 22nd November 2011


This was a puzzle to be savoured, a treasure trove for word lovers, and so perhaps not the ideal puzzle to have to zip through to write a blog.

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Guardian 25,486 – Paul

Posted by Uncle Yap on 22nd November 2011

Uncle Yap.

Another very entertaining morning, courtesy of Master Paul with his challenging but very fair clues, witty and original.

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Guardian 25,485 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on 21st November 2011


Apologies for the rather later posting today: I’ve been whiling away two hours at the surgery between glucose-tolerance blood tests. It’s a pretty straightforward Rufus for a grey morning, with perhaps even more double and / or cryptic definitions than usual.

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Guardian Quiptic 627 by Beale

Posted by PeeDee on 21st November 2011


I have not blogged a Quiptic before, so this was interesting, and not all that easy.   Thank you to Beale.

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Independent 7831 by Morph

Posted by NealH on 21st November 2011


*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Cyclops 456: Willy or won’t he?

Posted by jetdoc on 21st November 2011


I’m not sure why, but I found this a rather more challenging Cyclops than many recent ones, and all the better for it. There certainly seems to be a plethora of male genitalia in there. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beelzebub 1134

Posted by Jed on 20th November 2011


Straightforward puzzle this week with some smashing, previously unknown words – 5a, 30a and 1d in particular

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Azed 2059

Posted by Andrew on 20th November 2011


This was a fairly typical Azed for me, in that I solved about three-quarters of it fairly quickly and without aids (though with plenty of educated guesswork) but took a bit longer on the last few clues. I think there’s a mistake in 4dn.

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Everyman Nº 3,398 (13 November 2011)

Posted by PeterO on 20th November 2011


Everyman continues to provide a wide variety of clue types, with smooth surfaces. As is often the case, there are several geographic references which may not be known to many of his solvers worldwide, but are generally placed in contexts which allow the answer to be deduced easily. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent on Sunday 1135/Raich

Posted by Pierre on 20th November 2011


Those who have tackled Raich’s crosswords since he started setting for the Indy will know that he’s keen on his football, so I’ll go straight into cliché land and say that this was a puzzle of two halves …

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Independent 7,824 by Monk (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 12/11/11)

Posted by Simon Harris on 19th November 2011

Simon Harris.

I’m usually pretty excited to see a (relatively rare) appearance from Monk pop up, especially on a Saturday. Unfortunately, and probably simply to do with the challenges of being self-employed now, I got absolutely nowhere with this one. So I’m left trying to improvise a blog post based on the answers provided online, for which I apologise, since it doesn’t really do the talented Monk justice.

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Guardian Prize 25,478 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 19th November 2011


An entertaining pot-pourri of a puzzle from Paul, to round off an excellent week: a mini-theme of Dad’s Army  and mini-mini-themes of pastas, Prime Ministers and flowers. Just right for a Saturday, I thought: it took a little while to get into but, once I guessed the theme [from PIKE], it unravelled steadily – but not too quickly – with several penny-dropping moments, like 9ac, and a rather longer wait for the explanation of 25ac to dawn. My thanks to a wise owl for just a wee hint that it was connected with a word that had been discussed here ‘some months ago’, involving the usual abbreviation for ‘company’, which stirred a faint memory, and a quick search of our very useful archive revealed that it was, in fact, over a year ago and I’d blogged the puzzle in question! I said then that I’d never heard the word before – and I haven’t heard it since, till now. [Someone commented here on Wednesday [again on a blog of a Paul puzzle] that I’d led a sheltered life! I had been thinking that Paul had been on his best behaviour in this puzzle – I thought the reason I couldn’t explain it was that the said Jones must be a cricketer [or snooker player] or whatever… ]

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