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Archive for January, 2012

Independent 7892/Anax

Posted by John on 31st January 2012

John.

Poor old Anax seems to be stuck with me at the moment and I probably don’t do justice to a beautifully-crafted crossword with some lovely clues.

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Financial Times 13915 Neo

Posted by scchua on 31st January 2012

scchua.

Every so often the FT will start its week (Monday being a prize puzzle, it doesn’t count) with a more-than-usually difficult one eg. a Neo.  So I thought, on seeing the setter and the presence of a theme, that I could write in the anti-cliche “not a gentle start to the week” :-) .  But it turned out to be not so ungentle – the theme was something I could readily handle, and the non-thematic solutions weren’t difficult to work out.  Thank you Neo for the enjoyment.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  The 2 picture sets at the bottom each has an unidentified link with the puzzle.

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Guardian 25,546 – Araucaria

Posted by Uncle Yap on 31st January 2012

Uncle Yap.

What a privilege to blog another Araucaria puzzle. As expected, it was a display of The Master’s dexterity and artistry with the English language. I quite enjoyed being teased and tantalised …

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Independent 7891 by Quixote

Posted by nmsindy on 30th January 2012

nmsindy.

Fine puzzle in the Quixote style ie at the easier end of the spectrum – solving time 19 mins.

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Guardian 25,545 – Orlando

Posted by manehi on 30th January 2012

manehi.

A little tougher than usual for a Monday – my favourite clues were 19 and 20.

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Guardian Quiptic N° 637, by Hectence

Posted by PeterO on 30th January 2012

PeterO.

I think this was nearer to the level of a Guardian Cryptic than most Quiptics; perhaps aimed at a neophyte in the process of sharpening his or her solving skills.
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Beelzebub 1142

Posted by Jed on 29th January 2012

Jed.

Found this an enjoyable walk in the park

 

ACROSS

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Azed 2068

Posted by bridgesong on 29th January 2012

bridgesong.

I found this puzzle distinctly tougher than usual for a plain Azed.  I didn’t help myself by my error at 26, especially when it seemed to be confirmed by the crossing letter from 9 down.  Two clues, 33 and 23, have completely baffled me, although I think the answers I give must be correct (with only one unchecked letter each, there’s not much room for doubt).

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Independent on Sunday 1144/Glow-worm

Posted by Pierre on 29th January 2012

Pierre.

A decent puzzle from Glow-worm, in the usual accessible Sunday Indy Prize style, albeit there were a good number of clues that I found more difficult, and there’s one I can’t parse.  Not too many smiley or ‘aha!’ moments, but perhaps we’re all supposed to have our serious Sunday solving hats on to win that set of dictionaries.  I’ve never quite fathomed why dictionaries are prizes for crosswords, since if you’re sending off a prize puzzle then it’s a good bet you’ve got the full set already.  Any road up, here’s what I made of it …

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Everyman 3,407/22 January

Posted by Pierre on 29th January 2012

Pierre.

As always, a delightful beginner-level puzzle from Everyman to get brain in gear on Sunday morning.  Some particularly smooth surfaces today, and one definition I had never come across before.

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The Magpie

Posted by Admin on 28th January 2012

Admin.

The Magpie is a subscription-only crossword magazine that publishes thematic cryptics of the sort found in the Enigmatic Variations, Inquisitor and Listener series. The difficulty level varies from a little above that of a daily cryptic through to the more extreme end of The Listener spectrum. Each month there are five crosswords spanning this range and one numerical puzzle. The Magpie is delivered as a PDF though there is an option for a posted paper copy.

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Independent 7,884 by Radian (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 21/01/12)

Posted by Simon Harris on 28th January 2012

Simon Harris.

No complaints from me about drawing another Radian puzzle to blog. This was a good one, though I seemed to race through many of the clues before becoming completely stumped on the last few, including the unfamiliar words at 4dn and 18dn.

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Enigmatic Variations 1001: Croquet by Salamanca

Posted by Dave Hennings on 28th January 2012

Dave Hennings.

I did a blog for a Salamanca puzzle at Listen With Others back in January 2010. However, this is my first for one of his EVs, which is surprising since he’s had ten or so since we started blogging them here.

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Guardian Prize No 25,538 by Araucaria

Posted by bridgesong on 28th January 2012

bridgesong.

An easier than usual prize puzzle this week,  I thought, although it features some quite outrageous (but typical) liberties so far as the clueing is concerned.  Once I had cracked the theme, which didn’t take long, it was easy to work out all the references to 8 down.

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Guardian 25,543 / Gordius

Posted by Eileen on 27th January 2012

Eileen.

The usual mixture of some good and some rather weaker clues from Gordius.

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