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Archive for February, 2012

A BIG “THANK YOU” FROM RUFUS

Posted by Admin on 29th February 2012

Admin.

The last ten days have been very busy, and very enjoyable, for me, and so many people have taken time and effort to make it so. From the February 18th surprise party at my local pub, to a family gathering last weekend in a Derbyshire farmhouse, via a reception at the Guardian on the Eve of my 80th birthday, I have been taken by surprise by the tremendous warmth and friendliness of people in the crossword world.

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Financial Times 13,940 by Monk

Posted by PeeDee on 29th February 2012

PeeDee.

I found this quite difficult, but ultimately a very satisfying solve.  Thank you Monk.

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Independent 7917 / Anarche

Posted by duncanshiell on 29th February 2012

duncanshiell.

This is the first crossword I have blogged by Anarche.  I thought I might have blogged some of her crosswords under the name Arachne in The Guardian, but I don’t seem to have done any of those either.

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Inquisitor 1217: Request Stop by Ifor

Posted by duncanshiell on 29th February 2012

duncanshiell.

The preamble stated that ‘Solvers must fill the central cell and highlight it together with 12 others, so identifying a character whose first action provides the theme.  Each perimeter entry is a pair of words thematically related to solutions to the relevant clues, which are not to be entered.  The answers to the remaining clues must be thematically modified before entry: numbers in parentheses refer to grid entries’

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Guardian 25,571 – Araucaria

Posted by Andrew on 29th February 2012

Andrew.

This is getting spooky – three Araucarias in a row. I wondered if there’d be something related to today being 29 February, but I don’t think there is. Happy Leap-day to everyone anyway!

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Independent 7916/Morph

Posted by John on 28th February 2012

John.

A nice crossword from Morph today. One or two of the clues are perhaps a bit long, but there are also some very good ones.

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Financial Times 13939 Neo

Posted by scchua on 28th February 2012

scchua.

I’ve enjoyed all of Neo’s puzzles, sometimes with a little doubt about being able to complete.  This is another fine example, and thanks Neo for the enjoyment, and the variety of subjects to be found.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  The picture set at the bottom has an unidentified link to the puzzle.

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Guardian 25,570 – Gordius

Posted by Uncle Yap on 28th February 2012

Uncle Yap.

Gordius served up a most entertaining puzzle today with some creative definitions that raised some smiles.

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Guardian 25,569 / Rufus

Posted by Gaufrid on 27th February 2012

Gaufrid.

The scheduled blogger has an unforeseen commitment today so you will have to put up with me instead. I don’t usually solve Rufus (or Dante) puzzles, so I am not in a position to say how this one compares with other Monday offerings, but I did wonder several times whilst solving whether I was missing some wordplay in what appeared to be a simple, or (barely) cryptic definition. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 7915/Eimi

Posted by Pierre on 27th February 2012

Pierre.

The boss has given himself the Monday slot, and given us a fine crossword with a wide range of reference material and some clever cluing.

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Guardian Quiptic N° 641, by Pan

Posted by PeterO on 27th February 2012

PeterO.

When I started solving this, it seemed for a while to be shaping up as a little tough for a Quiptic, but on writing it up, I’m not sure how it gave that impression.
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IoS 1,148/Nitsy

Posted by Ali on 26th February 2012

Ali.

My first IoS blog, and also my first Nitsy puzzle I think.

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Beelzebub 1146

Posted by Jed on 26th February 2012

Jed.

Tricky and enjoyable puzzle although I was caught out by having limited understanding of answers at 22a and 5d

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Everyman crossword No 3,411

Posted by Stella on 26th February 2012

Stella.

A quick solve, but none the less enjoyable, with some delightful surfaces which raised a few smiles. The two straightforward long central across clues were a great way in. There were a couple of unfamiliar solutions, but the clear wordplay made them perfectly gettable.

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Azed 2072/taken abaft

Posted by ilancaron on 26th February 2012

ilancaron.

I was held up rather badly by the SW corner — all because I hastily opted for ABAFT instead of ABACK (25D).  As a result, the mostly full grid lay fallow on my desk at work all week — until I remembered the blog this morning (Saturday) – quick trip to the office to retrieve grid to the surprise of the security guard since I was dressed in full weekend regalia (shorts, sandals and unshaven).   As per usual, the BRB proved a rather useful prop.

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