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Archive for May 10th, 2012

Guardian 25,632 – Qaos

Posted by manehi on 10th May 2012


Enjoyable crossword with lots of nice surfaces and a clever little theme. Favourite clues: 2,21,22, 14 and 24.

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Financial Times no.14,000 by BRADMAN

Posted by Ringo on 10th May 2012


Always a privilege to blog a landmark: 14,000 is not only a nice round number, it’s also almost exactly half of Don Bradman’s career first-class run total…

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Independent 7978/Punk

Posted by John on 10th May 2012


I didn’t enjoy this. The two long phrases were hardly known to me, certainly one of them at any rate, and I couldn’t find either of them in Chambers. Which isn’t to say that they can’t be found somewhere, but in cases like this it seems only fair that the long expressions should be bona fide phrases, otherwise a whole lot of the crossword is inaccessible.

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Financial Times 13,991 – Crux

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 10th May 2012

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Apr 30

Another charmer by Crux, a compiler who is high on my List B of Favourite Setters [B only referring to the grade of difficulty] because of  (a) the splendid – albeit mostly non-topical – surfaces (5ac, 1d, 6d, 8d, 18d, 21d being some of the very best ‘today’), (b) the lightness of touch and (c) – not unimportant – the precision of his clueing.  A big Thank You to Crux for this puzzle .

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Financial Times 13,990 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 10th May 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of April 28, 2012

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