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Archive for June, 2012

Guardian Prize 25,670 / Puck

Posted by Eileen on 30th June 2012

Eileen.

 

Well, I’m certainly not complaining about this Prize puzzle not being challenging enough / being over too quickly! I had all the answers in on Saturday but it took a day or two longer to parse some of them. I found it pretty hard going but very rewarding in the end.

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Independent 8016 by Bannsider (Saturday Prize Puzzle 23 June 2012)

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 30th June 2012

mc_rapper67.

It’s Saturday, it’s my turn to blog…and it is yet another Bannsider! Not that I’m complaining – excellent clueing, as usual, although I would say this was possibly at the ‘easier’ end of the Bannsider scale…and maybe a bit of a football theme-ette to boot?…

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Enigmatic Variations No.1023 – Phoenix by Rasputin

Posted by Mister Sting on 30th June 2012

Mister Sting.

I’ll get my grumble out of the way first: the crossword editor should be hanged. There were FIVE length errors (46 across and 2, 16, 32, 42 down). These didn’t make solving harder, but such mistakes can do so, and are in any case unacceptably sloppy. Also, 38dn should have been hyphenated, and this did affect the difficulty. Furthermore, speaking of affects, 31ac read ‘AFTER AFFECTS’, rather than ‘AFTEREFFECTS’.

No one who solves the Enigmatic Variations with any regularity will be inclined to the opinion that perhaps the editor had an off day, as errors are far too common. In summary, next time I suggest that the editor uses the time-honoured technique of actually looking at the puzzle. With their eyes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 8021/Phi

Posted by John on 29th June 2012

John.

One of those themed crosswords that takes a long time to start if you don’t immediately see the gateway clue (as I have discovered it’s called; in this case 5dn). Then much of the filling can be done with a list of 5dns handy, although I didn’t use such a list. This type of themed crossword always seems inferior to those where the solution is done without any ‘blind’ clues and then you only see the Nina at the end as a sort of add-on.

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Beelzebub 1164

Posted by Jed on 29th June 2012

Jed.

Satisfyingly difficult

 

 

 

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Financial Times 14,043 by Bradman

Posted by Jed on 29th June 2012

Jed.

Clever and witty clues

 

 

 

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Guardian Cryptic N° 25,675 by Araucaria

Posted by PeterO on 29th June 2012

PeterO.

Here we have the wide range of references and creative clueing typical of Araucaria.

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Guardian 25,674 / Crucible

Posted by Eileen on 28th June 2012

Eileen.

I’m really sticking my neck out here but there seems to be some problem about today’s blog. The normal practice would be for Gaufrid to ask for a replacement, or to await offers, when a blog fails to appear, but he’s not able to be contacted at the moment. I thought this puzzle was far too good not to have a blog – and the musical theme is right up my street! – so I’ve taken the liberty, very late in the day, of hastily producing a rather minimalistic blog, in order to facilitate discussion.  Many thanks, Crucible – I really loved it and I’m only sorry not to have had time to expand on it and do it full justice

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Independent 8020 / Klingsor

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 28th June 2012

Bertandjoyce.

A suitably tricky Thursday puzzle from Klingsor, which took quite a bit of sorting out!

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Financial Times Prize no.14033 by Dante

Posted by flashling on 28th June 2012

flashling.

Sil is still out of the country and back in the Netherlands having his plumbing sorted out, so I’m again standing in for him. The puzzle is from Monday 18th June.

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Financial Times 14,032 by Falcon

Posted by Pete Maclean on 28th June 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of June 16, 2012

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Financial Times 14,040 by PHSSTHPOK

Posted by PeeDee on 27th June 2012

PeeDee.

For some reason there was no blog for the FT yesterday, so here is my effort…

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Financial Times 14,041 by Gozo

Posted by PeeDee on 27th June 2012

PeeDee.

Quite an easy one today.   Enjoyable, but I would have liked something more to get my teeth into.   Thanks Gozo ;)

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Guardian 25,673 / Brendan

Posted by Eileen on 27th June 2012

Eileen.

I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining puzzle from Brendan, with its mini-theme which leads us off in several directions, with a variety of witty cluing, as ever

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Independent 8,019 / Crosophile

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 27th June 2012

RatkojaRiku.

As it is the last Wednesday of the month, it is Dac’s day off, so I have crossed swords with Crosophile today.

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