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Enigmatic Variations 1034 Dismissal by Ifor

Posted by twencelas on 15th September 2012

twencelas.

Back to a long preamble, this week. Four clues with double definitions with one entry different by a thematic entry from the other one. The thematic items can then be described by a phrase 5,4 derived from their collective name. Superfluous letters in other clues to lead to some further statements to modify the final grid – Straight forward – sounds anything but! And an instruction to use a pencil !!! Sacrebleu!

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Financial Times 14,109 by Falcon

Posted by Jed on 14th September 2012

Jed.

An enjoyable puzzle

 

 

 

Across

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Independent 8087 / Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 14th September 2012

Bertandjoyce.

Another good Friday work-out from Phi.

We found one or two clues trickier than usual, but the surface readings were all excellent and the wordplay fell into place after a bit of lateral thinking.

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Guardian Cryptic N° 25,741 by Gordius

Posted by PeterO on 14th September 2012

PeterO.

The crossword was quickly solved; the blog took quite considerably longer.

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Financial Times no.14,108 by REDSHANK

Posted by Ringo on 13th September 2012

Ringo.

I’ve always liked redshanks, pretty and raucous little lakeshore potterers that they are, and I’m a big fan of Redshanks, too – and this minor masterpiece is one of his very best. I got off to a flying start before running into a thicket of intricate cluing, innovative mechanisms and double-jointed definitions. The attention to detail is superb.

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Guardian 25,740 / Araucaria

Posted by Eileen on 13th September 2012

Eileen.

I’m not very good at spotting ninas but these days the name of the game seems to be  ‘Spot the error’.  However, Araucaria is not noted for either and I found this an enjoyable puzzle which almost complied with its own mini-theme at 1ac, etc – with one or two clues to make you think a bit more: fun to do – many thanks, Araucaria.

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Independent 8,086 / Nestor

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 13th September 2012

RatkojaRiku.

It is Thursday today so any number of different compilers can by lying in wait for one, although Nestor has always featured prominently in my Thursday blogging slots.

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Financial Times 14,099 – Crux

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 13th September 2012

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Sep 3

Sometimes it’s D-Day (i.e. Dante), sometimes it’s C-Day. C stands for Crux, a setter with a love for good surfaces. This particular puzzle which can be found here , was one that I experienced as considerably harder than usual. Perhaps, it was just me (I had even trouble to finish that week’s Everyman). Even though I had the answers, I couldn’t fully explain 16ac and 7d. Luckily I had the opportunity (Anax’s birthday bash) to ask the almighty [yes, right in front of me, I saw him solving a Nimrod puzzle within about 20 minutes!] Andy Wallace to help me. And there’s one clue (19d) that I probably did understand when solving the crossword, but cannot parse anymore. Ah well, we all get older and we know what that can do to the brain and/or one’s memory …….  :)

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Financial Times 14,098 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 13th September 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of September 1, 2012

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Sloggers and Betters Midlands, November 10th

Posted by Eileen on 12th September 2012

Eileen.

Eileen has kindly allowed me to use her Fifteensquared address to post here, to say that I am organising the next Sloggers and Betters Midlands get-together, which will be in Derby on Saturday November 10th.

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Financial Times 14,107 by Aardvark

Posted by Jed on 12th September 2012

Jed.

Fiendishly clever

 

 

 

Across

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Independent 8085 / Dac

Posted by duncanshiell on 12th September 2012

duncanshiell.

A pleasant crossword from Dac where the solution built up gradually with each further pass through the acrosses and downs.  I found the crossing letters particularlly helpful when solving this puzzle.

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Inquisitor 1245: Barred by Nutmeg

Posted by duncanshiell on 12th September 2012

duncanshiell.

Nutmeg is a fairly regular Inquisitor contributor.  This is her (I think) 15th crossword in the Inquisitor series.

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Guardian 25,739 by Paul

Posted by flashling on 12th September 2012

flashling.

Paul isn’t suffering from writer’s block today…

Not Paul’s hardest or rudest but I can’t suss out 18 properly so suggestions welcome. [Note the clue was changed later to be: Attendants semi-dressed, including daughter in plaits ]

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Independent 8084/Eimi

Posted by John on 11th September 2012

John.

A nice accessible crossword from Eimi today, with only one or two clues that I struggled to understand. The very strange grid, with its preponderance of three-letter answers and its unches at the top and the bottom, cries out that there is a Nina, but I can’t see anything beyond LISA in one of the rows going across, which makes me suspect that there is a private message here and so no wonder that we don’t see it. But I also suspect that it is there for all to see. Read the rest of this entry »

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