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Archive for October, 2012

Guardian 25781/Crucible

Posted by Pierre on 31st October 2012

Pierre.

Peter O is down to do the blog today, but since he lives in New York, he no doubt has other things on his mind this morning.  So I have stepped in as a substitute blogger.  Please forgive any errors or typos; there are a few where I need help parsing too, but in the interests of getting a blog out sooner rather than later, I will rely on others to fill in the gaps.

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Financial Times 14,149 by Loroso

Posted by PeeDee on 31st October 2012

PeeDee.

Sorry for the lateness of this post, I nearly forgot it is my blogging day.

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Independent 8127/Crosophile

Posted by John on 31st October 2012

John.

As I, and also it seems several others, like, one can solve this straight, without having to concern ourselves with whatever Nina may be there. The clues are good and there is a nice set of surfaces.

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Inquisitor 1252: Easy Street by Kruger

Posted by HolyGhost on 31st October 2012

HolyGhost.

I do tend to like Kruger‘s puzzles – no exception here. A pound sign ( £ ) appears in the central barred off cell of the grid. Hmm …
 
Corrections to single-letter misprints in several definitions give a song title – this indicates the type of change to some answers before entry. One co-writer (appropriately modified) is to be highlighted in the completed grid, and the other co-writer is one of the unclued entries. The second unclued entry describes those who recorded it (and is a cryptic reference to them).

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Independent 8126 / Radian

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 30th October 2012

Bertandjoyce.

We found this a really enjoyable, and not too difficult, Tuesday puzzle, with a ‘hidden’ theme that really only revealed itself as we followed up the connection between 20A/18A and 2D/7A.

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Financial Times 14148 Gurney

Posted by scchua on 30th October 2012

scchua.

An easy-going FT Tuesday, abound with anagrams and reversals - a warm-up for the more difficult ones later in the week?  Thanks to Gurney.  A pity there wasn’t a theme built around 17across.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links with the puzzle.]]

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Guardian 25,780 – Chifonie

Posted by Uncle Yap on 30th October 2012

Uncle Yap.

I always lament the last Sunday of October, which brings back melancholic memories of my first winter in Brrrritain. Now, in my hot humid tropical paradise, I bemoan the waste of an hour every morning as the UK reverts to GMT and I get my daily fix one hour later. Wasn’t there some kind of movement to permanently stick to BST the whole year round?

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Independent 8125 by Quixote

Posted by nmsindy on 29th October 2012

nmsindy.

Pleasing puzzle in the usual Quixote style, all accessible and clear, quite easy, I thought, solving time, 17 mins

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Guardian Quiptic 676/Moley

Posted by Pierre on 29th October 2012

Pierre.

Moley has produced a sound enough Quiptic this morning, I think, although there were one or two bits of inelegant cluing in my opinion.  And, embarrassingly for a Quiptic, there’s one where I can’t see how it works.

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Guardian Cryptic 25779 Rufus

Posted by scchua on 29th October 2012

scchua.

A standard Rufus with the usual dds, cds and anagrams, and I guess the surface of 7 across is the nautical reference.  Thanks Rufus.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle.  Please enclose any comments about them in double brackets.]]

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Private Eye/Cyclops 480 – Long to reign over us …

Posted by beermagnet on 29th October 2012

beermagnet.

… and under us.  As this grid is topped and tailed with Kate and Wills on the top and bottom, and in the middle row.  All these had clues of the same kind – a clear definition plus a humourous, and likely topical definition.  Plus two children’s books top and bottom.
I wonder if there are other interrelated things in the puzzle…  Aha! Left and right: Eggs, Rock, Food, Nest.  It’s a gannet’s checklist!

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Independent on Sunday 1,183 by Glow-worm

Posted by Simon Harris on 28th October 2012

Simon Harris.

Apologies for the tardy post, and thanks to Gaufrid for the welcome prod in the right direction!

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Beelzebub 1,181

Posted by Simon Harris on 28th October 2012

Simon Harris.

This was an interesting solve. I started off very smoothly indeed, thinking this would be an “easy” week, but ground to a halt about halfway through, and eventually had to adopt a very liberal interpretation of the concept of cheating just to finish the thing! 16dn still needs clarification, if readers fancy helping out.

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Everyman No. 3446 (21st October)

Posted by The Trafites on 28th October 2012

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning crossword solvers,

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Azed 2107

Posted by John on 28th October 2012

John.

As always with Azed, thoroughly sound clues and much wading through Chambers in a chase for words that one has never heard, frequently finding variant spellings and having to wade further still. As I say below, there seem to be several words here that have a connection with France. Not sure if this was deliberate. Read the rest of this entry »

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