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Archive for March, 2012

Inquisitor 1221: Known – or Unknown by Nimrod

Posted by duncanshiell on 28th March 2012


The preamble for this puzzle appeared mind-bogglingly complex on first read through.  It went as follows:

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Guardian 25,595 – Brendan

Posted by Andrew on 28th March 2012


I don’t think I’ve blogged a Brendan puzzle for a while, so it was a delight to get this one, with lots of references to …

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Independent 7940/Anax

Posted by John on 27th March 2012


An excellent offering from Anax today. It seems that he is making his crosswords a bit more accessible, without the devilish twists of wordplay that have characterised his puzzles in the past. Although, having said that, I still have failed to understand one or two of the clues, a failure that will I’m sure be easily explained. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 25,594 – Puck

Posted by Uncle Yap on 27th March 2012

Uncle Yap.

This morning, as luck would have it, the area where my home is, suffered a power failure which was only restored at my 9am, two hours after the appearance of the puzzles. Apologies to the early birds … better late than never.

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Financial Times 13963 Neo – The Grid/Clues

Posted by scchua on 27th March 2012


Apologies for the lack of a post. As of now, today’s FT puzzle hasn’t been posted online.  Could I please bother someone to send me a scanned copy at [email protected]  Thank you in advance.   Thanks for your contributions yesterday, but they were too late in the night (my time) for me to act on them.  It’s now Wednesday morning 0045 (FT time), and the FT Tuesday gremlin is still operative.  Imagine you travel in time to yesterday, and this is what you should’ve got: the grid in the link below, thanks to Thomas99 for pointing to an identical grid, and the clues in the comment below, thanks to Neo (hope you don’t mind, I’ve deleted the answers).  I’ve deleted all other comments: I hope the posters don’t mind.  Special thanks to Neb who valiantly typed out the clues in his comment.  Also Hi to Jan, who I hope hasn’t given up, and can now attempt the crossword.  Until the puzzle is posted online, who knows when, I hope this will do.  I have diligently avoided looking at any answer, and will still blog it later this morning.

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Guardian 25,593 – Orlando

Posted by manehi on 26th March 2012


A tricky puzzle with some excellent cluing – I especially liked 14dn and 21dn.

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Independent 7939 by Mordred

Posted by NealH on 26th March 2012


*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Guardian Quiptic N° 645, by Nutmeg

Posted by PeterO on 26th March 2012


Nutmeg fulfills the Quiptic brief very well.
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Azed 2076

Posted by Andrew on 25th March 2012


Sorry for the late posting. I had completely missed the fact that it was my turn, until Gaufrid gently reminded me this morning, but I was out most of the day so couldn’t do it till later. A very “manly” one here, with the amusing swapping of answers and definitions in 1ac and 17ac, and the related steroid at 34a (not to mention a red herring at 17dn). From what I remember it wasn’t too hard on the Azed scale, but of the usual high quality. In view of the lateness I’ve kept commentary to the mimimum. Definitions are uinderlined in the clues below.

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Beelzebub 1,149

Posted by Simon Harris on 25th March 2012

Simon Harris.

A pretty tough Beelzebub this week, I found. I think the fact that the four 12-letter longer words around the perimeter were all unfamiliar to me made it tougher to break into the grid. In fact, reading through the answers now, there’s a lot of unfamiliar material.

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IoS 1,152/Crosophile

Posted by Ali on 25th March 2012


Having moved from blogging the daily puzzle to the Sunday one, I seem to be landing all the setters I rarely saw during the week. No complaints though, as this was good stuff from Crosophile. I found this tough in parts, with the penny dropping on many clues only after I’d got the answer. Any help with 27A 15D will be appreciated.

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Everyman N°3,415 (18th March)

Posted by PeterO on 25th March 2012


Here we have Everyman’s usual mix of not-too-convoluted wordplays under impeccable surfaces. There are no geographical references to worry about, but a couple of words which might stretch your vocabulary. Read the rest of this entry »

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Enigmatic Variations 1009: Rash by Kcit

Posted by Dave Hennings on 24th March 2012

Dave Hennings.

A lot going on in the preamble here, but everything was spelt out relatively clearly!

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Independent 7932 (Saturday Prize Puzzle 17th March 2012) by Nimrod

Posted by twencelas on 24th March 2012


Well – a treat for me – a Nimrod puzzle to blog. I’d better reach for the medication!

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Guardian Prize No 25,586 by Paul

Posted by bridgesong on 24th March 2012


An enjoyable challenge this week, with much of Paul’s characteristic wit on display.  I had expected something of an Irish theme, for a puzzle published on St Patrick’s Day, but apart from a couple of references to horse racing, there was no discernible theme at all, Irish or otherwise.  22,26 across was my personal favourite but there was much else to admire.

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