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Archive for December, 2011

Inquisitor 1208: Special Delivery by Shark

Posted by HolyGhost on 28th December 2011

HolyGhost.

Three unclued entries, some clashes, “thematically placed”. Clashes resolve to give an appropriate word reading down the grid. “Three similar words” (similar to what? each other?) “again thematically placed”, forming relevant shapes (16 cells in all) …
 
Slightly mystified by the rubric, but sure that it’ll become clear as we progress.

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Independent 7862 by Nimrod

Posted by flashling on 27th December 2011

flashling.

My last one for the year and it’s a Nimrod, oh dear not again, several days of feasting – well drinking, eating and lounging in front
of the tele, let’s be honest here is not the best fare to prepare for this.

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Financial Times 27th December 2012 – updated 18:44

Posted by duncanshiell on 27th December 2011

duncanshiell.

It looks as if the Financial Times has not been published today because Christmas Day fell on a Sunday which means both 26 and 27 December are Bank Holidays in the UK this year.

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Guardian 25,516 – Boatman

Posted by Uncle Yap on 27th December 2011

Uncle Yap.

What a tour de force from Boatman today. His  device (all twelve of them) may be second; but in my book, it is the top. Bravo Boatman!

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Quiptic 632/Orlando

Posted by Pierre on 26th December 2011

Pierre.

A nicely constructed entry-level puzzle from Orlando for Boxing Day morning.  Plenty of anagrams to get you going, but a good range of other devices too.

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Independent 7861/Quixote

Posted by Pierre on 26th December 2011

Pierre.

I fancy this might be a lonely place today, since you’re all no doubt doing Feast of St Stephen things, but if you are by any chance remotely interested, you’ll find my take on Quixote’s puzzle below …

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Guardian 25,515 / Rufus

Posted by duncanshiell on 26th December 2011

duncanshiell.

Christmas is over.  The world returns to normal, and there are few things more normal for a Guardian solver than a Rufus crossword on a Monday morning.

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Independent on Sunday 1,140 by Glow-worm

Posted by Simon Harris on 25th December 2011

Simon Harris.

My records are perhaps not entirely exhaustive, but I think this is the first time I’ve blogged a Glow-worm IoS puzzle.

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Everyman No. 3403 (18th December)

Posted by The Trafites on 25th December 2011

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Merry Christmas to you all,

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Independent 7,854 by Klingsor (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 17/12/2011)

Posted by Simon Harris on 24th December 2011

Simon Harris.

I hope I’m safe to post this today. Closing dates for puzzles are a bit of a moveable feast at this time of year, but according to the paper, the competition should be over by now.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 997: Sol by Kruger (placeholder, due to extended deadline)

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 24th December 2011

mc_rapper67.

The entry deadline for this EV has been pushed out to 30-Dec, so I will post the blog on 31-Dec. Also, I have seen somewhere that there will be an ON-LINE ONLY EV (presumably no. 999) on Xmas Day at the Telegraph Crossword site (members only), along with all their other Sunday puzzles. A bit discriminatory against their paper-only solvers, but it must improve the odds of winning a prize this weekend!… A Merry Xmas to you all…

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Guardian Prize Puzzle 25,508 by Paul

Posted by PeeDee on 24th December 2011

PeeDee.

Good stuff from Paul, I found this hard to get started and then quick to finish once I got going.  Thank you to Paul, and a merry Christmas to everyone.

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Independent 7,859/Phi

Posted by Ali on 23rd December 2011

Ali.

This was a nice, seasonal offering from Phi with a mini theme revolving around 21/23A.

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Financial Times 13,884 / Mudd

Posted by shuchi on 23rd December 2011

shuchi.

I had a fun time solving this puzzle. The grid has four nearly independent mini-grids and I worked through them starting from the top-left, going anti-clockwise, with 10a as my last answer in.  Especially enjoyed 25a, 18d.

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Guardian 25,513 – Orlando

Posted by Andrew on 23rd December 2011

Andrew.

A reasonably straightforward puzzle from Orlando (perhaps to soften us up for Araucaria’s Christmas special tomorrow), but with all his usual sound elegance and understated wit. Thanks, Orlando, and Merry Christmas to all setters, bloggers and readers.

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