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Archive for January, 2012

Financial Times 13,912 by Falcon

Posted by Jed on 27th January 2012

Jed.

A fine puzzle

 

 

 

ACROSS

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Independent 7,889 / Klingsor

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 27th January 2012

RatkojaRiku.

I haven’t blogged many Klingsor puzzles – just two to date – and don’t really have much a track record against him, so I approached this with a degree of trepidation in a week less blogging time than I would have liked. The first time I remember having struggled to finish, while the second time had proved an easier solve. This time round I relived that very first experience, although it must be said that I have enjoyed and admired all three of these Klingsors puzzles.

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Financial Times no.13,911 by HAMILTON

Posted by Ringo on 26th January 2012

Ringo.

Had a pretty miserable time with this, I’m afraid. The theme was partly, but not entirely, to blame…

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Guardian 25,542 – Araucaria

Posted by Andrew on 26th January 2012

Andrew.

There’s a straightforward theme to this puzzle, with a number of clues leading to examples of the word at 12ac. Some of them are probably a bit obscure, though I think I have come across them all before, albeit perhaps only in crosswords.

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Independent 7888 / Tees

Posted by duncanshiell on 26th January 2012

duncanshiell.

Another enjoyable crossword from Tees, who also sets as Neo in the Financial Times.

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Financial Times 13,902 – Crux

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 26th January 2012

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Jan 16

A fine offering from Crux. The level of difficulty just right ‘for a Monday puzzle’, but, having said that, no hint of routine cluing. A crossword full of elegant surfaces. My PinC’s verdict when I showed her the puzzle after completion: “this setter’s got finesse”. I totally agree!

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Financial Times 13,901 by Bradman

Posted by Pete Maclean on 26th January 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 14, 2012

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Financial Times 13,910 by Monk

Posted by PeeDee on 25th January 2012

PeeDee.

A good crossword, quite tricky to complete.  Thank you Monk.

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Independent 7887/Crosophile

Posted by John on 25th January 2012

John.

A nice crossword from Crosophile today. He is doing a good job of filling the gap left by Dac on the last Wednesday of every month. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian Cryptic Nº 25,541, by Shed

Posted by PeterO on 25th January 2012

PeterO.

One on the easier end of the Guardian spectrum, apart from a couple of perhaps less familiar references.
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Inquisitor 1212: Dicta by Phi

Posted by HolyGhost on 25th January 2012

HolyGhost.

Down answers are ‘affected’ before entry; Across clues are ‘affected’ before solving.
 
Either I got lucky, or this was easy (or both).

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Financial Times 13909 Dante

Posted by scchua on 24th January 2012

scchua.

I said in yesterday’s blog that I was going to have the same again today.  How true!  Visiting family and friends, a blog, and then - a crossword in the same style by the same setter, and to top it, a clue verbatim from yesterday and a definition used twice, as happened yesterday.  (As close as I can get to reliving yesterday?)  Anyway, thanks Dante-Rufus for the usual double and cryptic definitions, anagrams, nice surfaces and nautical references.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  The two sets of pictures at the bottom each has an unidentified link to the blog/crossword.

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Guardian 25,540 – Pasquale

Posted by Uncle Yap on 24th January 2012

Uncle Yap.

Enter The Dragon. To those who are not aware, yesterday marked the first day of the Lunar New Year and ushered in the year of the dragon.

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Independent 7886 by Eimi

Posted by flashling on 24th January 2012

flashling.

Gah I hate insomnia but it means an early post. Slight surprise to see the editor again, but very welcome nonetheless. On seeing Eimi I was a little self duped into thinking this would be a stroll in the park as I sometimes do, but I certainly didn’t find it so this time, I have some minor niggles in my head still and comments suggestions welcome.

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Guardian Cryptic 25539 Rufus

Posted by scchua on 23rd January 2012

scchua.

Apologies for the later than usual posting.  Thanks Rufus for a  typical gentle start to the week, and to the New Year, the Lunar one, that is.  Today’s the first day of the Chinese New Year celebrations, marked by the traditional visiting of family and friends, the reason for my being late.  And if you’re celebrating, A Happy Chinese New Year of the Dragon to you too.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  The set of pictures at the bottom has an unidentified link to the crossword.

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