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Archive for July 17th, 2012

Independent 8036/Anax

Posted by John on 17th July 2012


As usual a nice crossword from Anax, with some excellent clues and what one expects in the way of original ideas for wordplay. The fact that four of the answers have less than 50% checking, also the unches at the top and bottom, lead one to expect that there is some sort of a Nina here, but I can’t see it. If indeed there isn’t one then one wonders why Anax departed from the Ximenean norm.

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Financial Times 14058 Armonie

Posted by scchua on 17th July 2012


I found this the hardest Tuesday FT for some time.  A handful of answers in the bottom half corners held me up, and I hope I’ve got them right.  But no complaints.  Enjoyed the challenge; thanks to Armonie.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle.]]

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Guardian 25,690 – Bonxie

Posted by Uncle Yap on 17th July 2012

Uncle Yap.

What a cracker of a puzzle. Some easy clues but many challenging devices mixed in as well to titillate and bemuse. I even had to contact two good friends, NeilW and Dr G for help over some blind spots. No, the two London grandchildren were of no help as they were happily engrossed in Dr Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham and largely left Ah Kong to solve and blog this. What struck me most today is the adroit way Bonxie has been able to string some complicated devices into a smooth surface. Very neat ….

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