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Archive for July 11th, 2012

Independent 8031/Dac

Posted by John on 11th July 2012

John.

As usual from Dac, an impressive contribution. Several of these clues have an &lit. quality (and quality is the word), so many in fact that while solving one tends to say “I can’t see quite where the definition is, but never mind, it’ll be an &lit.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 14,053 by Aardvark

Posted by PeeDee on 11th July 2012

PeeDee.

This was mostly straighforward but with just a few much harder clues thrown in to the mix.

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Guardian Cryptic N° 25,685 by Pasquale

Posted by PeterO on 11th July 2012

PeterO.

I would put this at the easier end of the Guardian spectrum; the clue constructions are generally straightforward, with finely crafted surfaces. All in all, just the kind of puzzle that I an happy to see when it is my turn to blog. Thank you, Pasquale.

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Inquisitor 1236: 1 to 38 by Phi

Posted by HolyGhost on 11th July 2012

HolyGhost.

A fairly painless puzzle this week. The route from 1 to 38 [unclued] may be deduced from the letters that are ignored in the wordplay to 12 clues together with the other unclued across entries [28a and 37a]. A further companion is also unclued [10d]. The full title should be highlighted.
 
A mild ambiguity in the preamble: “letters that are ignored in the wordplay …” – is that letters that have been ignored by the setter, or should be ignored by the solver? But that is soon resolved (in favour of the former) as soon as one of the irregular clues has been solved. And I make it there are eleven such clues, in one of which two letters have been ignored – I coped.

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