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Archive for December, 2011

Indy puzzles: review of 2011

Posted by nmsindy on 31st December 2011

nmsindy.

As in previous years, since 15 sq began in 2006, I’m posting an annual review for the Indy cryptic puzzles (including IoS) giving average solving times for puzzles for each setter.    As before, I emphasise that I do not approach these puzzles in ‘race-the-clock’ mode but nonetheless find it of interest to compare how difficult the various setters are.   Also there is no correlation (direct or inverse!) between time needed to solve a puzzle and enjoyment derived from it.

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Independent Prize Puzzle 7860 – 24 December 2011 / Radian

Posted by duncanshiell on 31st December 2011

duncanshiell.

There were a few mini themes running through this enjoyable puzzle which was two letters short of a  pangram.  I can’t see a W or a Q.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 997: Sol by Kruger

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 31st December 2011

mc_rapper67.

A shorter (and less complicated!) preamble than some recent EVs – each clue giving an extra letter, which would spell out an instruction to apply to all answers before entry.

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Financial Times 13,889 / Bradman

Posted by shuchi on 30th December 2011

shuchi.

From mathematics to religion to slang, Bradman draws from a breadth of topics to craft his clues today. I’m happy to have this puzzle to blog as my last post of 2011. Happy New Year, everyone.

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Guardian 25,519 / Araucaria

Posted by Eileen on 30th December 2011

Eileen.

A pleasant Araucaria puzzle for my last blog of the year, which was less taxing than it first appeared, since the gateway clue at 5ac was pretty straightforward. There are a number of old favourite clues / devices here.

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Independent 7,865 / Phi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 30th December 2011

RatkojaRiku.

Like many readers, I have been pigging out on crosswords as well as on turkey and mince pies over the past week, with so many Christmas specials to get my teeth into. Why is it that we just don’t know when to stop eating, drinking or solving? As such, my
thanks go to Phi for a more doable than average puzzle today, which served as a kind of cruciverbal hair of the dog for me this morning.

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Financial Times 13,879 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 30th December 2011

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of December 17

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Independent 7864 / Tees

Posted by Ali on 29th December 2011

Ali.

This was very good stuff from the Tees-er, but far from easy. Experience of solving IQs and the odd Listener definitely helped me piece together a few of these, though I’m struggling with one or two!

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As we come to the end of another year …

Posted by Gaufrid on 29th December 2011

Gaufrid.

… I would like to extend my thanks to all those involved with Fifteensquared and to the crossword community in general.

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Financial Times 13,888 / Sleuth

Posted by duncanshiell on 29th December 2011

duncanshiell.

I have come across Sleuth more often as his alter ego, Hypnos, in the Independent, where I have always enjoyed his crosswords.

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Guardian 25,518 – Logodaedalus

Posted by Andrew on 29th December 2011

Andrew.

Logodaedalus makes only rare appearances in the Guardian – his last puzzle was in July (he also appears as a setter of the Quiptic under his real name of Don Putnam). This one is typical of his style – very easy indeed, with a lot of obvious anagrams, and a tendency for words in the clue to appear unchanged in the answers. This would be a good introductory puzzle for beginners, but for anyone else it’s very lean fare.

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Financial Times 13,880 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 29th December 2011

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Puzzle/Dec 19

This was a Dante crossword full of cryptic and double definitions.

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Financial Times 13,887 by Cinephile

Posted by PeeDee on 28th December 2011

PeeDee.

A good straightford offering from Cinephile today, not too easy but not really that hard either.

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Independent 7863/Crosophile

Posted by John on 28th December 2011

John.

Crosophile has produced a very rare Wednesday crossword because Dac is having a well-earned rest, perhaps. I found this a little harder than the setter with whom I am always happiest, and no doubt the answers I am lost on will be explained, but there are still some very nice clues here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 25,517 – Brendan

Posted by manehi on 28th December 2011

manehi.

This looked quite tricky at first but once the theme became clear it all began to fall into place.

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