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Everyman 3419/ 15 April 2012

Posted by Pierre on 22nd April 2012

Pierre.

Another pleasing Sunday morning solve from Everyman, with a wide range of references.  Fewer anagrams than usual from this setter, but still an accessible puzzle with a nice range of cluing devices.  And I learned a new word, which is always welcome.

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Enigmatic Variations 1013: Essentials by Rustic

Posted by Dave Hennings on 21st April 2012

Dave Hennings.

A seemingly straightforward puzzle this week, but I was sure it wouldn’t turn out to be free of a trick or two.

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Guardian Prize No 25610 by Paul

Posted by bridgesong on 21st April 2012

bridgesong.

This is the second prize puzzle by Paul that has fallen to me to blog in succession, and there are no complaints from me, although I do have a couple of quibbles.  This puzzle featured an animal theme, with every clue (and many solutions) having a reference to an animal of some kind, some very ingeniously.  I am bothered by 2 down (assuming that I’ve got it right), which strikes me as a very weak clue by Pauline standards.

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Independent 7956 by Monk (Saturday Prize Puzzle 14 April 2012)

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 21st April 2012

mc_rapper67.

A nice ‘straightforward’ puzzle here from Monk, with no obvious thematic links or complications, but some lovely surface readings, especially the two long across clues. I originally found myself wondering if this was ‘difficult’ enough to be a Saturday prize puzzle. However, on working through it more fully I suspect the presence of a nina which might make those two long answers more significant?

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Financial Times 13,983 by Sleuth

Posted by Jed on 20th April 2012

Jed.

Straightforward puzzle today from Sleuth

 

 

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Guardian 25,615 / Puck

Posted by Eileen on 20th April 2012

Eileen.

I thought this puzzle was great fun – lots of smiles and ‘aha’ moments along the way. Many thanks, Puck, for a very enjoyable and entertaining end to a wet week.

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Beelzebub 1154

Posted by Jed on 20th April 2012

Jed.

This was at the speedier end of the Beelzebub spectrum

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Independent 7,961 / Phi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 20th April 2012

RatkojaRiku.

It’s Friday, so it’s a puzzle by Phi, as you might expect.

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Financial Times no.13,982 by JASON

Posted by Ringo on 19th April 2012

Ringo.

Nothing hugely challenging. An overdose of charades and a few too many four-letter words for my taste, but some solid clueing and some marvellously misleading definitions. Thank-you, Jason. Nice way to start a rainy Thursday.

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Guardian 25,614 – Pasquale

Posted by Andrew on 19th April 2012

Andrew.

I learned a couple of new (botanical) words from today’s puzzle. Fortunately, the clues were reasonably easy and, as one would expect from Pasquale, admirably sound. The grid is not one of the Guardian’s best, but the three multi-entry down clues help to even things up in the solver’s favour. Grazie, Don Pasquale.

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Independent 7960 / Tees

Posted by duncanshiell on 19th April 2012

duncanshiell.

Tees has given us a puzzle, mainly populated with well known words, although the main theme did generate one slightly obscure phrase (to me, at least) that was fairly easily deducible from the wordplay.  

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Financial Times Monday Prize 13973 Crux

Posted by scchua on 19th April 2012

scchua.

An enjoyable prize crossword, neatly clued.  Thanks to Crux.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Financial Times 13,972 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 19th April 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of April 7, 2012

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Financial Times 13,981 by Monk

Posted by PeeDee on 18th April 2012

PeeDee.

A very enjoyable crossword, a lot easier to write the answers than to explain why they are are correct.

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Independent 7959/Dac

Posted by John on 18th April 2012

John.

As usual a thoroughly satisfactory crossword from Dac; indeed ‘satisfactory’ is to damn with faint praise. It is of course far more than satisfactory, and as always the surfaces are smooth and shiny. Read the rest of this entry »

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