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Independent 8118 (Sat 20-Oct-2012) Nimrod

Posted by beermagnet on 27th October 2012

beermagnet.

Nimrod has put on his fedora, strapped his bullwhip to his belt, stuffed a revolver in his shirt and gone on an archeological adventure in Chambers. And we had to follow in his footsteps to discover some of the more arcane answers in this puzzle.
Who knew “En arriere” was part of the English language, or that J is an acceptable abbreviation for Joint. I expect it depends upon the company you keep.
I see from the clock it took me 2 hours – wait a minute – the clock has stopped. In fact it took a good while longer.  During which my copy of Chambers saw more action than it had for a very long time.
Sticking my neck out I declare there is no Nina or theme – just a  tough puzzle as we expect from Mr N on prize day.  This grid design is packed with so many clues that it felt like a giant puzzle.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1040: Two Seventeen Eighteen by Owzat

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 27th October 2012

mc_rapper67.

This puzzle certainly wasn’t a sprint…and I had to stop for a few ‘comfort breaks’ along the way…but it turned out to be a very enjoyable EV, with a quirky/off-the-wall denouement.

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Guardian Prize Puzzle 25,772 by Araucaria

Posted by PeeDee on 27th October 2012

PeeDee.

Varied and very enjoyable with many great clues but sadly also a few of duds.  Thank you Araucaria.

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Financial Times 14,145 by Gaff

Posted by Jed on 26th October 2012

Jed.

Cracking topical theme using lots of clever devices

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Guardian 25,777 – Araucaria

Posted by Andrew on 26th October 2012

Andrew.

A day for childhood reminiscences…

(see end of post for spoiler – for some reason I couldn’t stop it appearing in the preview when I put it here…)

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Independent 8123 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on 26th October 2012

duncanshiell.

This was an entertaining puzzle from Phi with many clues leading to wordplay constructed from several parts.

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Independent 8122/Tees

Posted by John on 25th October 2012

John.

Tees has produced a very good crossword today. Not always particularly easy, but utterly sound so far as I can see, sometimes very clever, and with few points that will elicit controversy. At least that’s what it seems to me.

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Financial Times no.14,144 by BRADMAN

Posted by Ringo on 25th October 2012

Ringo.

It’s a rather rushed Ringo this morning, so I’m afraid it’s a stripped-down, no-frills blog of this very nice puzzle from the Don. Apologies in advance for any typos.

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Guardian 25,776 – Pasquale

Posted by manehi on 25th October 2012

manehi.

Just wasn’t on the right wavelength today and found this very tough, even after the long 24etc solution went in. Favourite clue was 17ac.

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Financial Times 14,135 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 25th October 2012

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Oct 15

A pleasant enough Dante puzzle with some very nice touches (9ac, 16ac and 25ac, to name three), but …..

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Financial Times 14,134 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 25th October 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 13, 2012

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Financial Times 14,143 by Cinephile

Posted by PeeDee on 24th October 2012

PeeDee.

Not difficult but very nicely done.  Thank you Cinephile.

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Independent 8121 / Dac

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 24th October 2012

Bertandjoyce.

As Duncan said a few weeks ago, Dac really does write clues that make good sense.

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Guardian Cryptic N° 25,775 by Gordius

Posted by PeterO on 24th October 2012

PeterO.

This one gave me something to think over, and to amuse me in the process. Thanks Gordius.

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Inquisitor 1251: Two Setters in Search of Two Characters (and An Author) by ??

Posted by kenmac on 24th October 2012

kenmac.

Preamble: Lost in the grid while celebrating a centenary, two familiar Inquisitor setters’ 4 words of introduction to their rescuer (x, unclued, using two answer slots) may be discovered in two grid sequences (15 letters in total). The surname of a second relevant character (y, one answer slot) is also unclued. Their creator (z)’s full name is also featured, utilising the letters in the shaded squares. Clues are listed in alphabetical order of their solutions, which should be arranged wherever they will fit. Extra single letters yielded by the wordplay in all clues give, in order, an instruction aiding solvers to arrive at the final solution. Between them Chambers and the ODE justify all entries apart from the name of a Belgian comic artist.

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