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Archive for July, 2012

Guardian Cryptic N° 25,699 by Gordius

Posted by PeterO on 27th July 2012

PeterO.

I found this a pleasing puzzle from Gordius, with some fine surfaces and a generous sprinkling of wit.

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Financial Times no.14,066 by HAMILTON

Posted by Ringo on 26th July 2012

Ringo.

I took a while to work my way through this one, getting into terrible trouble in the south-west corner. But, looking at the completed grid now, I’m wondering what all the fuss was about. A nice puzzle, though there may be one or two quibbles for the purist.

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Guardian Cryptic 25698 Araucaria

Posted by scchua on 26th July 2012

scchua.

It’s an encore from the Master after the FT yesterday.  As with all Araucarias, the key is perseverance.  One has to keep chipping away until the whole lot takes form.  Still, it was time well-spent, I thought.  Like yesterday, today’s has a mini-theme also.  The enumeration of the gateway clue helped with the answer, though it took a bit of remembering, to get the reference (one of them).  Where the definition is “16″ in other clues, it refers to the answer to 16across. There was one clue, 23D, which left me wondering.  Thanks Araucaria.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[Each of the pictures at the bottom has an unidentified link with the puzzle.  As usual, please double-bracket any comments on these.]]

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Independent 8044 / Klingsor

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 26th July 2012

Bertandjoyce.

A reasonably easy solve from Klingsor today although there were a couple that took us a while to parse and some good surface readings as one would expect. A couple of good misdirections as well!

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Financial Times 14,057 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 26th July 2012

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Jul 16

Another Dante Crossword written in his familiar style, although - just like in his previous puzzle - too many double definitions.  In the Down clues there were even three in a row! And we had a subtraction anagram (29ac) that might perhaps provoke some thoughts (again).

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Financial Times 14,056 by Gozo

Posted by Pete Maclean on 26th July 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of July 14, 2012

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Guardian 25,697 / Orlando

Posted by Eileen on 25th July 2012

Eileen.

On a bright sunny morning, we have a lovely puzzle from Orlando, with a number of ingenious and witty clues and some fine surfaces, together with, for me, anyway, a satisfying penny-dropping moment or two. Many thanks, Orlando – I really enjoyed it.

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Independent 8,043 / Crosophile

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 25th July 2012

RatkojaRiku.

It is the last Wednesday of the month, so it must be Dac’s week off and time for a puzzle from Crosophile.

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Posted in Independent | 5 Comments »

Apologies

Posted by Gaufrid on 25th July 2012

Gaufrid.

My apologies to those who have addressed comments to me during the past month and who have not received a response. Also for not being able to arrange cover for bloggers who have been unable to provide a post for a particular puzzle.

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Inquisitor 1238: GOOD QUESTION by Schadenfreude

Posted by Hihoba on 25th July 2012

Hihoba.

Despite the designation “by Schadenfreude” in the title, the puzzle element of this turned out to be quite straightforward. The preamble was mercifully brief, telling us that a title would appear in the top and bottom rows and this would indicate what to remove from 23 answers before entry into the grid.

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Financial Times N° 14,065 by Cinephile

Posted by PeterO on 25th July 2012

PeterO.

Two fill-ins in a row give me Cinephiles. This one came with special instructions, that

A at the beginning of a clue always has the same meaning.

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Financial Times 14064 Peto

Posted by scchua on 24th July 2012

scchua.

It may look like I’m “stalking” Peto, but it’s because he/she (still incogito) comes on only on Tuesdays.  This puzzle follows the same mould as the previous oes - some nice surfaces, a couple of uncommon meanings of common words.  Thanks Peto.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[Each of the pictures at the bottom has an unidentified link to the puzzle.]]

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Independent 8042 / Jambazi

Posted by duncanshiell on 24th July 2012

duncanshiell.

Jambazi is not a setter’s name that I have come across before.  Given the subject matter common to many of the clues, I suspect Jambazi is a one-off pseudonym of a regular Independent setter.  My guess would be Tees or Eimi, but I’m quite happy to be told that I am wrong.  Typing Jambazi into Google doesn’t generate anything particularly sensible.

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Guardian 25,696 – Paul

Posted by Uncle Yap on 24th July 2012

Uncle Yap.

Another delightful, entertaining and amusing offering from Paul. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian Quiptic 662 Hectence

Posted by scchua on 23rd July 2012

scchua.

Thanks Hectence for an enjoyable puzzle, though there are a couple of gaps in the parsing I can’t fill in.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[Eaach of the pictures at the bottom has an identified link to the puzzle.]]

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Posted in Guardian Quiptic | 25 Comments »