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Archive for September, 2012

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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Financial Times 14,119 by Gozo

Posted by PeeDee on 26th September 2012

PeeDee.

Another great crossword from Gozo, one of my favourite setters.

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Independent 8097 / Crosophile

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 26th September 2012

Bertandjoyce.

Our turn to blog the Wednesday puzzle and we weren’t sure what to expect. We’ve only blogged a couple of Crosophile puzzles. The last one in August had a mixture of some easy write-ins and some really ingenious ones.

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Guardian Cryptic N° 25,751 by Gordius

Posted by PeterO on 26th September 2012

PeterO.

Gordius seems to be following me around, or I him.

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Inquisitor 1247: Cause and Effect by Pointer

Posted by kenmac on 26th September 2012

kenmac.

Preamble: The unclued across entries are five names that may be seen on a map; their relative locations are represented approximately by their shaded initial letters. The region on the map, slightly extended beyond the bounds of the grid, is the setting for a novel whose title comprises two clued answers. With all answers entered, three letters in each of the 2nd and 12th rows must be altered to reveal two words, each occupying 6 contiguous cells; these 12 cells must be highlighted. The two words describe a cause and effect alluded to in the novel. Also, a word appears in the final grid that describes the five unclued entries – this must be overwritten in an appropriate colour. In the story, some of this may well have contributed to the cause, but here some of it contributes to the effect. All entries in the final grid are real words.

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Independent 8,096 / Scorpion

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 25th September 2012

RatkojaRiku.

It is Tuesday today, so it is not easy to predict whose work will be in store for solvers and blogger alike.

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Financial Times 14118 Sleuth

Posted by scchua on 25th September 2012

scchua.

This is the first Sleuth I’m blogging, though I’ve done a couple of his alter ego, Hypnos’s.  Quite straightforward Tuesday FT fare, and enjoyable.  Thank you to Sleuth. Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle.]]

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Guardian 25,750 – Paul

Posted by Uncle Yap on 25th September 2012

Uncle Yap.

What a brilliant offering from Paul, complete with some words that border on the risque but tastefully clued; so nobody ought to feel even slightly offended. I smiled from beginning to end at the witty and meticulous clueing. Thank you, Maestro! Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 25,749 / Brendan

Posted by Eileen on 24th September 2012

Eileen.

What a pick-me-up for a grim, wet and windy Monday morning! – I get my fifth Brendan blog in a row and [fortunately, after my discomfiture on Saturday] I saw the nina fairly early on [although there was momentary consternation when the first two unlikely letters of 4dn emerged –  but there wasn’t a mistake, after all].

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Independent 8095/Rorschach

Posted by Pierre on 24th September 2012

Pierre.

I think this is the second crossword from Rorschach for the Independent.  His first was well-received, and this too was in my opinion a very good puzzle: there was plenty of inventive cluing with some lovely light touches.  If he can continue to produce this standard of puzzle, he will be a most welcome addition to the Indy team.  There is – comme d’habitude – one clue I can’t explain.

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Guardian Quiptic 671 Nutmeg

Posted by scchua on 24th September 2012

scchua.

I found this, in parts, trickier than the usual Quiptic, taking longer to complete as a result.  But no complaints, and thank you to Nutmeg.  My COD was the very clever 13down.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle.  Please enclose comments about them in double brackets.]]

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Anax’s 50th — photos

Posted by jetdoc on 23rd September 2012

jetdoc.

I have uploaded my photos of the occasion to Flickr:

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Azed 2102

Posted by ilancaron on 23rd September 2012

ilancaron.

Not so dreadful though dreadfully showed up at least twice as an anagrind.   In fact, rather a gentle Azed that, other than all the French and Scots and Spenserisms, is a good introduction to the art form.

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Everyman N° 3,441 (16 September)

Posted by PeterO on 23rd September 2012

PeterO.

It took me a little casting about to find an easy entry into this puzzle, but once started, it fell into place handily.

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Independent on Sunday 1178/Nitsy

Posted by Pierre on 23rd September 2012

Pierre.

I don’t recall having seen Nitsy in the Indy for quite some time, but this was a welcome reappearance, with a puzzle that was reasonably accessible but thoughtfully constructed and with some nice touches.  I particularly liked some of the anagrams in this one, although if I’m being hyper-critical, there was an overuse of a couple of devices.  I solved this after a leisurely Sunday lunch and really enjoyed it.

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