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Archive for May, 2012

Financial Times no.14,018 by GOZO

Posted by Ringo on 31st May 2012

Ringo.

This puzzle demands a good knowledge of geography and a smattering of French. I haven’t got either of these things, but I got there in the end. A good puzzle, anyway. People who like this sort of thing will find that this is the sort of thing they like.

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Guardian 25,650 / Tramp

Posted by Eileen on 31st May 2012

Eileen.

Another great puzzle from Tramp, with the hallmarks we have come to recognise and appreciate – witty and ingenious cluing, fine story-telling surfaces and interesting references. Previous Tramp puzzles have had themes based on comedy, eg Fawlty Towers, Monty Python, Only Fools and Horses: this one is rather different and the theme may well have escaped you altogether.

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Independent 7996 / Nimrod

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 31st May 2012

Bertandjoyce.

When we saw that it was Nimrod we knew we were in for a challenge. We particularly enjoy his Inquisitor puzzles which demand even more head-scratching than his daily offerings but all his clueing is fair, albeit somewhat devious at times. This one was no exception!

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Financial Times 14,009 – Crux

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 31st May 2012

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/May 21

By now, readers of my blogs will know that I like Crux crosswords very much. This one was no exception, but for some reason I’m always hoping that Crux will gear up a bit. He is very creative, writes beautiful surfaces, nothing wrong with that – it is just a tad too easy. Or in technical terms, there is a discrepancy between the level of difficulty and the quality of writing.  Today one clue (2d) stumped me, so “won’t you please, please, help me” (courtesy of Lennon/McCartney).

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Financial Times 14,008 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 31st May 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of May 19, 2012

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Financial Times 14,017 by Dogberry

Posted by PeeDee on 30th May 2012

PeeDee.

Enjoyable and straightforward with a broad range of devices but nothing too obscure.

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Guardian Cryptic 25649 Pasquale

Posted by scchua on 30th May 2012

scchua.

Not too difficult a Pasquale today.  Some nice surfaces, abundant use of the containment device, some religious references here and there, reference to a not obscure but raunchy person, and the last one for me to parse, an obscure, to a non-cricket fan, reference.  Thanks Pasquale.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[Each of the pictures at the bottom has an unidentified link with the puzzle.  For the sake of a certain party(parties?) please double-bracket comments about pics like I’ve done with these last 3 sentences.  Thank you.]]

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Independent 7,995 / Crosophile

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 30th May 2012

RatkojaRiku.

As it is the last Wednesday of the month, one would expect to find Crosophile standing in for Dac.

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Inquisitor 1230 – UNION AMUSEMENT by Kruger

Posted by Hihoba on 30th May 2012

Hihoba.

Baffling rubric until the penny eventually dropped after four days of cogitation. This difficult crossword concerned a “meeting” between A Crosse and D Owen.

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Financial Times 14016 Mudd

Posted by scchua on 29th May 2012

scchua.

In a break from the usual, Mudd, almost always, if not always, an FT Prize puzzle setter, takes the Tuesday spot to bring a message for a worthy cause.  The standard of difficulty is more that of a Prize puzzle, rather than the usual Tuesday, so thanks Mudd for an unexpected enjoyable challenge.  Best wishes in your Marathon endeavour. Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[Each of the pictures at the bottom has an unidentified link to the crossword.]]

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Independent 7994 / Monk

Posted by duncanshiell on 29th May 2012

duncanshiell.

As a straight crossword puzzle this was a fairly standard Independent offering.  

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Guardian 25,648 by Crucible

Posted by flashling on 29th May 2012

flashling.

Well my first ever blog at the Guardian, and I get Crucible who I know rather better as Radian. Used to a theme, but let’s see if I get the picture… 

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Guardian Quiptic 654 / Pan

Posted by Big Dave on 28th May 2012

Big Dave.

Not a puzzle that I can say I enjoyed, and it wasn’t helped by a couple of errors and a typo.

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Independent 7993 by Quixote

Posted by NealH on 28th May 2012

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Guardian 25,647 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 28th May 2012

Andrew.

I found this a bit harder to get going on than usual for Rufus, but after getting a few answers in it all fell into place quite quickly. I have to say I thought some of the cryptic and double definition clues were rather weak this time.

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