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Archive for December, 2011

Independent 7858/Morph

Posted by John on 22nd December 2011

John.

Morph has produced a good crossword today, but I’ve never known him not to have a Nina and it is completely lost on me. All that effort and I didn’t even see it. No doubt someone will help.

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Posted in Independent | 11 Comments »

Financial Times no.13,883 by FALCON

Posted by Ringo on 22nd December 2011

Ringo.

A pleasant, easy-going puzzle, this – ideal for those with lots to do and not enough time to do it, which, with Christmas closing in, probably means most of us. A few great clues, a few rather lazy ones (and I’m no fan of three-letter solutions), but all in all a nice way for me to sign off for the year. Sackfuls of thanks to everyone who’s read and commented on my posts this year, and to the marvellous FT setters. A very merry Christmas to you all!

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Guardian Cryptic N° 25,512 by Paul

Posted by PeterO on 22nd December 2011

PeterO.

Happy holidays all round, with a delightful Christmas present from Paul.
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Posted in Guardian | 29 Comments »

Independent 7857/Dac

Posted by Pierre on 21st December 2011

Pierre.

Called off the bench again late in the day.  In the interests of getting something out quickish, I’ll be brief.

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Posted in Independent | 12 Comments »

Financial Times 13,882 by Cinephile

Posted by PeeDee on 21st December 2011

PeeDee.

HELP NEEDED!

Can anyone solve this clue, we don’t have the foggiest what is going on here:  “Christopher Robin went down with Alice”? Say “down” probably means “underground” (9)

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Posted in FT | 22 Comments »

Thank You (whoever you are)

Posted by Gaufrid on 21st December 2011

Gaufrid.

A short while ago I received an unexpected delivery. On opening the parcel I found a bottle of The Famous Gaufrid (my favourite non-single malt tipple!). The label on the back of the bottle reads “Thanks for all your wit and wisdom, and for all you do to keep us all – bloggers, setters and commenters – happy.”

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Posted in Announcements | 16 Comments »

The Guardian No 25,511, by Pasquale

Posted by Stella on 21st December 2011

Stella.

I enjoy the Don’s puzzles and this one was no exception: precise cluing in well constructed surfaces made it much more straightforward than I at first feared. Thanks, Pasquale. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Guardian | 21 Comments »

Inquisitor 1207: A First Centenary by Schadenfreude

Posted by kenmac on 21st December 2011

kenmac.

Inquisitor 1207

An unusually shaped grid this time. Also, it turns out, some of the bars and borders were missing from the published grid, which is a shame. On inspection, the grid is actually 13×13 with 8 squares missing. A quick email to our editor and I had a proper copy of the grid:

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Independent 7,856 / Scorpion – All roads …

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 20th December 2011

RatkojaRiku.

I hadn’t blogged a Scorpion for a while and when I realised that the Tuesday slot had fallen to me, I was hoping it might be one.

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Posted in Independent | 10 Comments »

Financial Times 13881 Armonie

Posted by scchua on 20th December 2011

scchua.

This is an easy-going puzzle to start the FT week with.  A few misdirections, and one definition that I hope I’ve got right.  Thanks Armonie.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  The picture set at the bottom has an unidentified link with the crossword, and within itself.

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Guardian 25,510 – Shed

Posted by Uncle Yap on 20th December 2011

Uncle Yap.

This should have been quite a pleasant and smooth stroll except that 21Across held me up for a bit. Apart from that glitch, the puzzle is yet another rich variety of cryptic devices that challenged and entertained.

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Posted in Guardian | 32 Comments »

Financial Times 13,874 – Crux

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 20th December 2011

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Dec 12

This was a very good Crux , one that took a lot more time to solve than usual. 

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Financial Times 13,873 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 20th December 2011

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of December 10th

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Beelzebub 1,139 – the Correct Puzzle

Posted by Simon Harris on 19th December 2011

Simon Harris.

My original post here suggested that yesterday’s Beelzebub was unfortunately printed with an incorrect grid. However, and with thanks to commenters for the clarification, it turns out that while the grid was correct, the printed clues were from a later puzzle.

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Independent 7855 by Anax

Posted by nmsindy on 19th December 2011

nmsindy.

This puzzle I found was the least difficult Anax Indy puzzle of the year so far – solving time, 20 mins.      Very enjoyable.

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Posted in Independent | 17 Comments »