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Independent 8015 / Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 22nd June 2012

Bertandjoyce.

We don’t think there has been a Phi puzzle that we haven’t liked. There are often themes, some of which we have missed when we have been blogging so we looked long and hard here just in case!

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Guardian Cryptic N° 25,669 by Tramp

Posted by PeterO on 22nd June 2012

PeterO.

I found this quite difficult.

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Independent 8,014 / Nestor

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 21st June 2012

RatkojaRiku.

My apologies to one and all for the late post – I was kept away from my computer until after lunch.

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Financial Times no.14,036 by HAMILTON

Posted by Ringo on 21st June 2012

Ringo.

So, Hamilton, we meet again…

My nemesis from a few weeks ago is on rather more enjoyable form today, not quite having me clicking my heels with joy (it takes more than a crossword to do that on a rainy Thursday morning) but offering up a straightforwardly pleasing puzzle. Only 15ac. remains stubbornly unparseable. Perhaps it’ll come to me as I type…

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Guardian 25,668 / Orlando

Posted by Eileen on 21st June 2012

Eileen.

I haven’t blogged an Orlando crossword for months, so I was very pleased to see his name on this one – a witty puzzle, with lots of fine surfaces and clever misdirection, as always. There are several more unusual words / usages but the cluing is characteristically meticulous, so they shouldn’t cause too many problems.

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Financial Times Prize 14,027 by Dante

Posted by flashling on 21st June 2012

flashling.

Dante today as is often the case on a Monday, prize puzzle 14027 from 11th June can be found here. As usual it’s a lot of cryptic and double definitions. People generally find Dante/Rufus easy but personally I don’t really like Cryptic/Double Definitions all that much. If anyone can see wordplay I’ve missed please say so as I’m still a little rusty at blogging again. Sorry but I’ve not found a way to include the clues without me typing them in and tyops would only confuse. My biggest problem is how do I explain the DDs without getting into teaching grandmother how to suck eggs – they are DDs. And as for the CDs…

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Financial Times 14,026 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 21st June 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of June 9, 2012

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Financial Times 14,035 by Monk

Posted by PeeDee on 20th June 2012

PeeDee.

I found this difficult.  I got off to a flying start, filling half the grid in no time, but then ground to a complete halt.  After that it was hard going all the way to the end.

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Independent 8013 / Dac

Posted by duncanshiell on 20th June 2012

duncanshiell.

Dac is a regular contributor of Independent crosswords on a Wednesday.  He doesn’t seem to use obscure words in the grid and his clues always read very well.

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Inquisitor 1233: Comedy of Errors by Ifor

Posted by HolyGhost on 20th June 2012

HolyGhost.

A 2.5 km walk in the rain, back along the Rochdale Canal, to get the papers, and 4 km to rejoin the narrow boat – dedication. (I’m filling in for Duncan this week, and he’ll reciprocate in late July.)
 
Answers to six clues need two or more letters removing before entry (a real word); the rest have a misprinted definition. The removals spell out one erroneous version of a statement, the corrections spell out another. The unclued phrase across the middle describes the group associated with the correct version of the statement, and is cryptically indicated by the group’s common name.

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Guardian 25,667 – Paul

Posted by Andrew on 20th June 2012

Andrew.

I was worried when my first pass though the clues yielded only a couple of answers, but persistence gradually paid off. The usual variety of witty clueing from Paul, though with none of his trademark “smut” as far as I can see. (On second thoughts, 19,9ac probably qualifies, as might 22ac and 5dn.)

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Independent 8012/Tees

Posted by John on 19th June 2012

John.

An excellent workout from Tees today. The theme is the long clue 3/22/9/20, and the unchecked letters on the left-hand and right-hand sides of the grid, which I saw fairly early in the solving process and which therefore helped, indicate this item’s two sides. I suspect that there are other references apart from 4dn, but I can’t see any despite reminding myself of the track titles. And the unchecked letters at the top and the bottom: do they have any significance? Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 14034 Peto

Posted by scchua on 19th June 2012

scchua.

Firstly thanks to flashling for standing in for me last week.  This week it’s another Tuesday puzzle by Peto (so far all his/hers have been blogged by yours truly).  Not exactly a pushover, with a number of clues where each requires quite some manipulation to piece together the answer.  Thanks Peto for the challenge.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[Each of the pictures at the bottom has an unidentified link to the puzzle.]]

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Guardian 25,666 Brummie

Posted by Uncle Yap on 19th June 2012

Uncle Yap.

Brummie set out to do something unusual but the result was not all that inspiring, probably due to awkward Down words, forcing him to abandon after two down clues.

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Guardian Cryptic 25665 Rufus

Posted by scchua on 18th June 2012

scchua.

Thanks Rufus for another enjoyable, not too difficult start to the week.  (Apologies to all for late posting – incredibly slow connection today.)  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[Each picture at the bottom has an unidentified link to the puzzle.  Please double bracket comments about them thus]].  Thank you.

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