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Archive for July, 2012

Independent 8041/Quixote

Posted by Pierre on 23rd July 2012

Pierre.

The Don was saying in Another Place last week that if you wanted his most accessible puzzles, then the Monday Indy with his Quixote hat on was the place to come.  And so it turned out this morning, with a precisely clued crossword incorporating a good variety of devices, and with a couple of less common words clearly signposted.  A good one for improving solvers (and bloggers).

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Guardian 25,695 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 23rd July 2012

Andrew.

A fairly standard Rufus, though with (I think) a larger helping than usual of anagrams, especially the three long acrosses. These should give a good start to the puzzle for those who sometimes find it hard to get on the wavelength of Rufus’s double and cryptic definitions .

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Cyclops 473: STAND THATCHER? I certainly can’t!

Posted by jetdoc on 22nd July 2012

jetdoc.

I didn’t have too many problems with most of this, but had difficulty working out the wordplay in 4d, for which I had written STRIPED without really thinking about it. A few LOL clues (and I don’t mean ‘lots of love’), with 6d possibly my favourite. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beelzebub 1,167

Posted by Simon Harris on 22nd July 2012

Simon Harris.

This was one of those rare occasions where I get to feel smug for finishing an entire Beelzebub without recourse to reference materials or other aids, so it must have been towards the more tractable end of the Beelzebub spectrum. Not that this was overly easy: I recall a satisfying solve over a couple of sessions, and just having to check 10ac and 23dn in Chambers before being confident enough to blog them.

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AZED No. 2,093 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on 22nd July 2012

The Trafites.

Nick:  Typical Azed puzzle, 6/10 for me.

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Everyman No. 3432 (15th July)

Posted by The Trafites on 22nd July 2012

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning to you all.

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Independent on Sunday 1169 Hypnos

Posted by scchua on 22nd July 2012

scchua.

I seem to recall that it took me some time to get into this, but did finally complete the answers and parsing.  (Is it my imagination or are the IoS puzzles gradually getting harder? – but no complaints.)  Thanks Hypnos.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The picture at the bottom has an unidentified link to the puzzle.]]

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Guardian 25,688 / Paul

Posted by mhl on 21st July 2012

mhl.

Apologies for the late post on this puzzle – as a result, I won’t waste time in saying much beyond that this was a lovely prize puzzle from Paul with lots of enjoyable clues.

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Independent 8,034 by Tyrus (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 14/07/12)

Posted by Simon Harris on 21st July 2012

Simon Harris.

I must admit that this looked like being a somewhat embarassing “I don’t have a clue what’s going on here” blog post pretty much right up until the last clue was solved. Thankfully, everything fell into place in the end.

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Enigmatic Variations 1026 Going Global by Chalicea

Posted by twencelas on 21st July 2012

twencelas.

A short preamble, this week – across clues have an extra letter in their wordplay to spell out an instruction related to an unclued light. Sounds entry level, but is it?

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Financial Times 14,061 by Bradman

Posted by Jed on 20th July 2012

Jed.

* precedes all nine themed answers

 

 

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Independent 8039 / Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 20th July 2012

Bertandjoyce.

We always look forward to our blog on a Friday. Phi never seems to disappoint and even when we have finished the puzzle we start looking for hidden themes or ninas. We’ve missed a few in the past but it didn’t take too long to spot this one although we didn’t start looking until we started the blog.

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Guardian Cryptic N° 25,693 by Tramp

Posted by PeterO on 20th July 2012

PeterO.

I found this fairly tough, and there are still three places where the answer is clear, but I cannot fully explain the clue. Doubtless help will be coming shortly.

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Independent 8,038 / Nimrod

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 19th July 2012

RatkojaRiku.

The honour of blogging a Nimrod puzzle had not fallen to me for a long time, so I approached the task this morning with a mixture of excitement and trepidation.

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Financial Times no.14,060 by FALCON

Posted by Ringo on 19th July 2012

Ringo.

Nothing too challenging from Merlin today. A few more ‘hidden’ solutions than I’d like, and perhaps one or two somewhat stretched definitions, but also some lovely surfaces. I enjoyed it.

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