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Archive for February, 2012

Independent 7911/Dac

Posted by John on 22nd February 2012


 As we expect, a smooth efficient job from Dac.  Some of the clues are excellent and it is sad that these masterpieces which he produces week after week are here for a day and then almost completely forgotten.

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Inquisitor 1216: Cold Cuts by Loda

Posted by HolyGhost on 22nd February 2012


Four clues have a misprint, and the rest have a redundant word. A jumble of the corrections to the misprints form a word that is thematically associated with eight unclued entries, and the initial letters of the redundant words spell five more thematic associations. The entries in the first and last columns are also relevant.
I must say, I found this remarkably easy. I solved about half the across clues on the first pass, then all bar three of the down clues. This allowed me to discover the theme, and fill in all the unclued entries. On the second pass through the clues, I finished off the across answers, and the remaining down ones. It was all over very quickly.

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Sloggers & Betters (Northern) April 2012

Posted by tilsit on 21st February 2012


Thanks for all the interest in the next S&B do to be held in Todmorden.  Unfortunately I have had to move it back a week due to venue problems and it will now be held on  Saturday 21st April.  Hope you can make it.  As previously mentioned, if you are travelling from farther afield I am happy to help find accommodation.

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Financial Times 13933 Gurney

Posted by scchua on 21st February 2012


A straightforward, accessible puzzle, I think, thanks to Gurney.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  Picture set at the bottom has an unidentified link with the crossword.

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Independent 7910 by Crosophile

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 21st February 2012


We wonder whether we are missing something here!

An enjoyable, fairly tricky puzzle with a number of unusual words that you could parse from the cryptic part but needed checking with a dictionary.

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Guardian 25,564 – Brendan

Posted by Uncle Yap on 21st February 2012

Uncle Yap.

Thanks to stiofain@3 last Tuesday, I went to the recommended site where all the clues to today’s puzzle can be downloaded alongside the answer.  I then had a pro-forma where I could write my analysis and comments in my usual style. To read a clue, all you have to do is to point your cursor over the clue number. Neat eh? whoever made this template, thank you very much … well, we learn something new everyday. Who says you can’t teach old dogs new tricks ?

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Independent 7909 by Quixote

Posted by nmsindy on 20th February 2012


A puzzle in the familiar, pleasing, Quixote, style – aimed, I’d say, at being as easy by the general standards of Indy difficulty.    Solving time, 17 mins which is v fast for me.

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Guardian Cryptic 25563 Rufus

Posted by scchua on 20th February 2012


Thanks Rufus for another trademark puzzle with double definitions, cryptic definitions and not-so-long anagrams to the fore (though he holds the record for the longest word – an anagram of 58 letters – used in a published puzzle).  All constructed elegantly and compactly.  Many of the definitions require one to think  of words and phrases in different contexts from the normal ones.  The combination of unusual context and conciseness makes such clues easy to remember and they stay with one for a long time.  Perhaps these should be called “rufuses”, to coin a word.  I was hoping it would be him on my schedule today, and it is.  Knowing that you sometimes read and post on 15sq, this is for you, Rufus/Roger – a happy 80th in 2 days’ time, with best wishes for many more happy years and crosswords to come.  Thank you for stretching our minds, enjoyably, all these years.  And you must show me again that card trick you did in Derby! 

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Guardian Quiptic 640/Beale

Posted by Pierre on 20th February 2012


A quick check reveals that this is the first Beale I’ve had to blog, and this little baby didn’t lie down to sleep without a bit of a fight …

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Private Eye/Cyclops 462 – The Odd Couple

Posted by beermagnet on 20th February 2012


Which Odd couple is Cyclops alluding to I wonder: Cameron and Idi Amin? Al Capone and Robin Hood?

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Beelzebub 1,145

Posted by Simon Harris on 19th February 2012

Simon Harris.

Apologies for the tardy blog post here, poor old Beelzebub always seems to be the first to be neglected when things get hectic.

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Independent on Sunday 1,147 by Raich

Posted by Simon Harris on 19th February 2012

Simon Harris.

This appears to be the first Sunday Raich that I’ve blogged, though I think it isn’t the first to be published. The first Raich puzzle that I remember attempting was an Inquisitor that won me a bottle of champagne, so maybe my luck will hold and this week will see me finally win that dictionary that I promised my mother some weeks ago.

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Everyman No. 3410 (12th February)

Posted by The Trafites on 19th February 2012

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning to you all,

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Azed 2071

Posted by John on 19th February 2012


The usual experience from Azed — excellent sound stuff. There is one about which I’m not sure: I think my answer is right, but I’m glad that the doubt occurred when I was blogging and not in a clue-setting competition, for my experience is that when one has any clue that one can’t quite parse one tends to be wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 7902 (Saturday Prize Puzzle 11th February 2012) by Tyrus

Posted by twencelas on 18th February 2012


So Tyrus for me again – he seems to crop up about every 5 weeks in the Independent, as does my blog on 15×15.

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