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Archive for March, 2012

Financial Times 13,960 by Falcon

Posted by Jed on 23rd March 2012

Jed.

A fair and challenging puzzle – 6a and 8d being trickiest

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Guardian 25,591 / Tramp

Posted by Eileen on 23rd March 2012

Eileen.

After my comments on themed crosswords on Wednesday, the gods continue to smile on me and I get to blog another of Tramp’s puzzles and, once again, it’s one right up my street.

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Independent 7,937 / Phi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 23rd March 2012

RatkojaRiku.

Plenty to get one’s teeth into this morning, since this grid, new to me, accommodates a large number of words, including a noticeably high proportion of short entries of 3-5 letters.

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Live Chat with Enigmatist

Posted by Admin on 22nd March 2012

Admin.

After last week’s live chat with Arachne/Anarche, this week it’s the turn of John Henderson (aka Enigmatist/Nimrod/Io/Elgar). The session will be from 1pm to 3pm tomorrow (23rd March). On Saturday, the Guardian Open Weekend event includes Paul/Punk/Mudd in conversation with crossword editor Hugh Stephenson and Araucaria/Cinephile talking to Sandy Balfour. See Alan Connor’s blog announcement.

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Financial Times no.13,959 by JASON

Posted by Ringo on 22nd March 2012

Ringo.

A new setter for me, I think – and he (if he is a he) gave me a real struggle this morning. A fair fight, mostly, although I felt that there were one or two low blows (at 16 down, particularly).

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Guardian 25,590 – Boatman

Posted by Andrew on 22nd March 2012

Andrew.

Sorry for the later-than-usual posting of this blog – I’ve just got back from a short holiday (thanks to Eileen for covering for me last Friday) and am trying to cope with the shock of being back at work. Another reason for the lateness is that I found this one pretty tough, with the SW corner taking me a long time to finish off, but enjoyable and satisfying as well, with a number of nicely concealed definitions, and a wide variety of uses of the word “crop”, which, er, crops up in a lot of the clues. There are several wagons there too, as a kind of mini-sub-theme.

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Independent 7936 / Tees

Posted by duncanshiell on 22nd March 2012

duncanshiell.

The Independent provides a varied diet of crosswords with an interesting mix of difficulty, types of clues, themes and ninas.

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Financial Times 13,950 – Mudd

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 22nd March 2012

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Mar 12

An enjoyable prize puzzle by Mudd which I didn’t find very hard. If I remember well, I found it even a bit blandish during solving – but that said, when writing the blog I was impressed by the variety (and cleverness) of the cluing.

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Financial Times 13,949 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 22nd March 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of March 10, 2012

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Financial Times 13,958 by Monk

Posted by PeeDee on 21st March 2012

PeeDee.

I got off to a quick start but then found it pretty difficult to finish. I got there in the end (just!). Thank you Monk.

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Independent 7935/Dac

Posted by John on 21st March 2012

John.

As always a smooth solving experience from Dac. His surfaces are quite outstanding: without apparently trying he manages one that is suited perfectly to the clue and he does this time and again. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian Cryptic N° 25,589 by Pasquale

Posted by PeterO on 21st March 2012

PeterO.

This was not as difficult as I thought at first glance that it would be.

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Inquisitor 1220: Rules for 27 by Raich

Posted by HolyGhost on 21st March 2012

HolyGhost.

Answers to 16 clues have one letter removed (wherever it occurs) before entry; wordplay refers to the entry. The three unclued entries are of a kind with what these missing letters suggest. Ten cells are to be highlighted in the final grid.
 
If I were to stretch John H’s easy-to-hard ranking from 1-3 to a less coarse 1-5, I’d grade this a 2.

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Financial Times 13957 Phssthpok

Posted by scchua on 20th March 2012

scchua.

Thanks Phssthpok for an enjoyable puzzle with some clever disguises.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Independent 7934 / Scorpion

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 20th March 2012

Bertandjoyce.

A good Tuesday work-out – all fairly and cleverly clued with good surface readings and an unusual theme. We also have another ‘trade name’ appearing which caused some debate recently on 225. Are the setters trying to find common words that don’t appear in on-line word-searches?

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