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Archive for December 1st, 2011

Independent 7,840/Monk

Posted by Ali on 1st December 2011


A rare weekday appearance from Monk. Not sure I’ve ever blogged one of his puzzles before, but I have to say I found this pretty tricky. There were a lot of very well hidden definitions and a lot of lifting and separating of clues/wordplay required. I also found there was no real way to crack 1A and 27A until I had nearly all the combined checking letters to be able to piece together the anagram fodder. All very enjoyable stuff nevertheless, though I wouldn’t want one of these every day!

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Financial Times no.13,865 by MONK

Posted by Ringo on 1st December 2011


I really struggled with this, and was prepared to wreak mighty vengeance on Monk in this post – but, on reflection over a cup of coffee, I can see that most of the faults lie with my sub-par brain, rather than with the setter. True, many of the clues seem desperately over-complicated to me, but, on the whole, a fairly fair puzzle, I think.

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Guardian 25,494 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 1st December 2011


I found this quite tough going but, looking back, I can’t really see why.  The clues are all fair and straightforward, with the usual wit thrown in – I blame my cold for making me more than usually thick-headed.

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Financial Times 13,856 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 1st December 2011

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/21 Nov

Back to life, back to reality: a smoothie by Dante.

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Financial Times 13,855 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 1st December 2011

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of November 19

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