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Archive for February, 2012

Enigmatic Variations 1005: Answer by Shark

Posted by Dave Hennings on 25th February 2012

Dave Hennings.

I’ve come across a couple of Shark puzzles before and have been nicely entertained by them. Here, subsidiary indications led to an extra letter not entered, and they spelt out part of a quotation in recent editions of the ODQ although “barely indexed” in the 4th edition. Luckily I have the 5th, so thanks for that.

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Independent 7908 Bannsider (Sat 18-Feb-2012)

Posted by beermagnet on 25th February 2012

beermagnet.

Mr B not just revealing but revelling in his roots.

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Guardian Prize Puzzle No 25,562 by Puck

Posted by bridgesong on 25th February 2012

bridgesong.

We don’t often see Puck in the prize slot and I wonder whether this puzzle was intended as a prize puzzle because it seemed to me to be very much on the easy side, with several friendly long anagrams to help  solvers get off to a quick start.   I didn’t keep a note of my solving time, but it was less than my usual hour (yes, I know many of you will have done it much more quickly).  I thought one or two of the clues were rather clever but I do have a few quibbles over some of the wordplay.  The only unfamiliar words were MACIES  (because it was wrong!) and COPAL, both of which were easy to deduce from the wordplay.

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Independent 7,913 / Nimrod

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 24th February 2012

RatkojaRiku.

My apologies for the later than usual posting, caused by other commitments as well as by the trickiness of the puzzle.

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Financial Times 13,936 by Loroso

Posted by Jed on 24th February 2012

Jed.

A clever challenge with variety and gentle wit

 

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Guardian 25,567 / Shed

Posted by Eileen on 24th February 2012

Eileen.

A welcome appearance by Shed, to ensure that an eventful week in Crosswordland didn’t end in anti-climax. Shed’s characteristically intricate and inventive cluing provides a puzzle which I found entertaining and amusing.

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Financial Times 13,935 / Jason

Posted by Gaufrid on 23rd February 2012

Gaufrid.

Work commitments have prevented Ringo from blogging today. I hadn’t intended to solve this puzzle, and certainly hadn’t allowed any time for writing this post, so I have had to limit my input to an analysis of the clues and will leave others to comment on the puzzle itself. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 7912 / Tees

Posted by duncanshiell on 23rd February 2012

duncanshiell.

Tees regularly produces crosswords that have attractions for beginners, while also catering for the more experienced solvers.

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Guardian 25,566 – Araucaria

Posted by Andrew on 23rd February 2012

Andrew.

My second Araucaria to blog in a row, and good entertainment again. I don’t think it’s giving anything away to say that many clues rely on a variety of different meanings and uses of the word “box”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 13,926 – Crux

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 23rd February 2012

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Feb 13

The last two Crux crosswords generated a spectacular total of zero comments. That’s perhaps disappointing for me, but even more for the setter who, in my opinion, is one of the more imaginative compilers within the FT area.  In this puzzle once more smooth surfaces, a fine spread of devices (no overdose of cds, dds or anagrams, for example) and occasionally some adventurous cluing (like in 23d).

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Financial Times 13,925 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 23rd February 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of February 11, 2012

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Photo uploads (including Rufus’ birthday celebrations)

Posted by jetdoc on 22nd February 2012

jetdoc.

I have uploaded three new sets of photos to Flickr:

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Financial Times 13,934 by Io, Cincinnus and others

Posted by PeeDee on 22nd February 2012

PeeDee.

No prizes for guessing the subject of the celebration in this puzzle.

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Roger Squires (Rufus, Dante etc) – 80 Today

Posted by Gaufrid on 22nd February 2012

Gaufrid.

I’m sure you will all join me in wishing Mr Squires a very Happy Birthday. A splendid poetic tribute from Araucaria can be found here on the CCMB.

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Guardian Cryptic N° 25,565 by Enigmatist

Posted by PeterO on 22nd February 2012

PeterO.

Without the dedication, this would have been a tough nut to crack.

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