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Archive for September 27th, 2012

Financial Times no.14,120 by FLIMSY

Posted by Ringo on 27th September 2012


A fairly rare Thursday outing for Flimsy, and a solid, well-rounded puzzle. There are some fantastic surfaces and quite a few &lits and quasi-&lits (usually involving a word doing double duty), which always adds to the fun. One or two synonyms seemed to me to be stretched rather close to breaking point, but, other than that, good stuff.

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Independent 8098/Mordred

Posted by John on 27th September 2012


A very pleasantly-constructed crossword from Mordred today. The fact that at times here I’m not quite sure doesn’t detract from what seems to be a good tight efficient display of clueing. I remarked the other day about looseness and Ximenean clueing and this led to much discussion, much of which was making the good point that we mustn’t appear to be hidebound and must appeal to the young, but also some of which was saying that as a result we don’t need to be too careful to abide by the rules and regulations. This crossword shows that it is perfectly possible to set good clues without compromising ‘standards’ — and many others in the Indy stable set similarly good crosswords.

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Guardian 25,752 – Boatman

Posted by manehi on 27th September 2012


Found this quite tricky to start with, but fairly enjoyable. Favourite clue 11ac.

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Financial Times 14,111 – Crux

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 27th September 2012

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/ Sep 17

Although this Crux crossword (which can be found here) was full of very familiar devices and less ‘devious’ than this excellent setter potentially can be, I did have quite some trouble with it. As ever I presume, it was just me. What else can one conclude when perhaps the chestnut of all chestnuts was my very last entry?  :)

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Financial Times 14,110 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 27th September 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of September 15, 2012

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