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Archive for June, 2012

Inquisitor 1234: NIMROD’S UNIQUE NIGHT OUT by Nimrod

Posted by Hihoba on 27th June 2012

Hihoba.

Struggled with this one Nimrod. Bit of a quiz if you ask me!

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Independent 8018 / Nimrod

Posted by duncanshiell on 26th June 2012

duncanshiell.

Nimrod always keeps you on your toes, even if the theme becomes obvious fairly early on.

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Guardian 25,672 – Gordius

Posted by Uncle Yap on 26th June 2012

Uncle Yap.

Quite an easy canter except for a couple of hard-boiled eggs, which you should expect from Gordius.

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Independent 8017 by Quixote

Posted by nmsindy on 25th June 2012

nmsindy.

Enjoyable puzzle from Quixote, which I found perhaps a tad more difficult that he usually is.    Solving time, 21 mins, and pleased to learn two completely new words getting them from the wordplay in both cases.

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Guardian Quiptic 658 / Nutmeg

Posted by Big Dave on 25th June 2012

Big Dave.

Nutmeg once again gives us a puzzle which is just right for the Quiptic genre. The usual variety of clues with nothing that should be beyond the newer solver.

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Guardian 25,671 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 25th June 2012

Andrew.

I found this hard than average for Rufus, mainly because the structure of many of the clues (which is usually completely straightforward) is very well hidden in a smooth surface reading. I have some minor quibbles about a couple of definitions.

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Cyclops 471: If the cap fits…

Posted by jetdoc on 24th June 2012

jetdoc.

A Cyclops of average difficulty this week (seems like I always say that!), with nothing that held me up for long. I will go for 9d as my fave clue, for its complete absurdity. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beelzebub 1,163

Posted by Simon Harris on 24th June 2012

Simon Harris.

The usual high quality Beelzebub puzzle, of medium difficulty I think. Just the one at 28ac that I can’t fully explain.

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Everyman No. 3428 (17th June)

Posted by The Trafites on 24th June 2012

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning to you all,

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Independent on Sunday 1165 Glowworm

Posted by scchua on 24th June 2012

scchua.

A puzzle with enjoyable surfaces.  Thanks Glowworm. Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The pictures at the bottom have an unidentified link to the puzzle.]]

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Azed 2089

Posted by John on 24th June 2012

John.

A rare special on a non-competition day, which was a very pleasant exercise — I don’t remember seeing this type of crossword before and I found solving tricky, not for all the usual reasons but because I kept on having to read the preamble to remind myself of the difference between the Acrosses and the Downs. Much easier to blog than to solve, with all the moving between the two types.

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Independent 8010 / Anax (Saturday Prize Crossword 16/06/12)

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 23rd June 2012

Bertandjoyce.

This is our 25th blog on 225 and, amazingly, our first Anax, so we approached it with eager anticipation, as he is one of the most challenging Indy setters and one of our favourites.

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Enigmatic Variations 1022 Protagonist by Salamanca

Posted by twencelas on 23rd June 2012

twencelas.

A short preamble, straight clues apart from a protagonist to find and several without a definition 3 descriptions of the protagonist and four works by them – Sounds like this might be one for the advanced cryptic beginner.

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Guardian 25,664 / Araucaria

Posted by mhl on 23rd June 2012

mhl.

A very enjoyable prize puzzle from Araucaria, with a mini-theme based on 27a (also my favourite clue in the puzzle). There were a couple here I needed to Google to be able to parse (13a and 5d), but otherwise we didn’t find this too difficult.

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Financial Times 14,037 by Sleuth

Posted by Jed on 22nd June 2012

Jed.

An agreeable start to the day

 

 

 

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