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Archive for August, 2012

Guardian 25,729 – Araucaria

Posted by Andrew on 31st August 2012

Andrew.

Good fun (with a few niggles) from the Guardian’s premier setter.

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Financial Times 14,097 by Gurney

Posted by Jed on 31st August 2012

Jed.

Smashing puzzle from Gurney

 

 

 

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Independent 8075 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on 31st August 2012

duncanshiell.

I feel that this was a fairly standard offering from Phi today.  No themes, messages, or pangrams that I can see, just a sound national daily crossword puzzle that some solvers can complete on their commute or over their coffee, if people still have coffee breaks these days, and lunch breaks.

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Financial Times 14,096 – Alberich

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 30th August 2012

Sil van den Hoek.

There is no blog so far for this splendid Alberich puzzle. Therefore, until someone turns up, I stand up and deliver one (a simple one, that is).  Being a fan of this setter I wondered why there wasn’t any sign of life recently. But here he was, on form as ever. Personally, I didn’t find this a particularly difficult puzzle – very accessible, once you know what to look for.  That said, I can imagine others might think differently. I failed on two clues (without resources that is), 15d and 2d, of which the latter was absolutely marvellous.

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Guardian 25728/Orlando

Posted by Pierre on 30th August 2012

Pierre.

The blogger for today seems not to have been able to post, so here’s a quick review of what I thought was an excellent puzzle from Orlando.  There are a few I can’t explain,  so if you like you can play Parse along with Pierre …

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Independent 8074/Klingsor

Posted by John on 30th August 2012

John.

Klingsor has produced a fine crossword today. Many of the clues are quite excellent, and although one might criticise the fact that perhaps rather a lot use the device of getting one or two letters via words like ‘ultimately’ or ‘principally’ this is a small thing and doesn’t detract from their quality; nor does the fact that there are three words ending …NESS, two of them at the bottom right of the grid — something that some people might dislike.

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Financial Times 14,087 – Crux

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 30th August 2012

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Aug 20

Another fine crossword by Crux.  As regulars at this place may know by now, I really like this setter: good surfaces, nice spread of devices and always something to think about.

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Financial Times 14,086 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 30th August 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of August 18, 2012

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Financial Times 14,095 by Monk

Posted by PeeDee on 29th August 2012

PeeDee.

I am always pleased to get Monk to blog, this one a little easier than some of his recent Wednesday offereings but still no pushover.  Clever clues as always, thank you Monk.

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Independent 8073 / Crosophile

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 29th August 2012

Bertandjoyce.

We’ve only blogged one Crosophile before. As one of us typed up the clues, before we had really even started, a few of them were solved quite easily (12ac, 13ac, 28ac and 4d). It wasn’t until we had completed the grid and started to assemble the blog that we realised how ingenious some of the other clues were.

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Guardian Cryptic N° 25,727 by Gordius

Posted by PeterO on 29th August 2012

PeterO.

My ISP has been bouncing up and down all evening, so I have published a preliminary version and will polish it up as and when I can do so.

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Inquisitor 1243: Paradise by Kruger

Posted by kenmac on 29th August 2012

kenmac.

Preamble: Wordplay in each clue, presented in alphabetical order of solutions, yields an extra letter. When clues are arranged in conventional order, the extra letters give a vision of paradise and the name of its creator that should help to identify the 7 unclued entries (a sample of the delights allegedly found there). Additionally, the initial letters of the first 12 reordered clues pose a question, the answer to which (3 words) should be written below the grid.

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Financial Times 14094 Peto

Posted by scchua on 28th August 2012

scchua.

Another nice one from Tuesday regular Peto.  Not too difficult, and enjoyable.  Thanks Peto.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The pictures at the bottom of the blog have got unidentified links to the puzzle.]]

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Independent 8,072 / Scorpion

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 28th August 2012

RatkojaRiku.

It’s my turn to blog the crossword this Tuesday, one of those days when you can never quite be sure whose work you will be pitting your wits against.

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Guardian 25,726 – Paul

Posted by Uncle Yap on 28th August 2012

Uncle Yap.

What a nice start to the day to blog Paul, one of my favourite compilers. As usual, he is immaculate in his clueing style. I found this quite entertaining although somewhat disappointed that an identical device was used twice in the same puzzle. My moderator, Dr Brian Skinner used to say that although this may not be wrong, it is certainly inelegant. Read the rest of this entry »

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