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Archive for October, 2012

Guardian Cryptic N° 25,771 by Brummie

Posted by PeterO on 19th October 2012

PeterO.

An éclair of a crossword.

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Financial Times no.14,138 by STYX

Posted by Ringo on 18th October 2012

Ringo.

I enjoyed this morning’s not-too-tough offering from Styx, although I found the odd clue surprisingly knotty (like discovering ball-bearings in your candy-floss). My main cavil would be that I think an anagram is rather a waste of a fifteen-letter solution.

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Guardian Cryptic 25770 Paul

Posted by scchua on 18th October 2012

scchua.

I had a very pleasant time solving this – a witty and clever puzzle.  My favourites were the clues with the mathematical signs, the setter managing to include the 4 most common.  Thanks to Paul.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle.  As usual, please double-bracket any comments on them.  Thank you.]]

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Independent 8116 / Monk

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 18th October 2012

Bertandjoyce.

We found this a relatively straightforward work-out for a Thursday puzzle.

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Financial Times 14,129 – Falcon

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 18th October 2012

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Oct 8

While expecting another Crux, we got an enjoyable crossword from Falcon instead (which can be found here). I had a flying start, but just like in this setter’s recent puzzles for the Guardian (as Everyman) it wasn’t all plain sailing for me.  Some nice film references in this puzzle, especially in 12ac.

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Financial Times 14,128 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 18th October 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 6, 2012

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Financial Times 14,137 by Aardvark

Posted by PeeDee on 17th October 2012

PeeDee.

More difficult than the previous puzzles by Aardvark that I have blogged.  I ejoyed this very much, thank you Aardvark.

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Guardian 25,769 / Brendan

Posted by Eileen on 17th October 2012

Eileen.

Apologies for the slight delay in the appearance of this blog: infuriatingly, I managed to delete it at the point of posting – so more apologies in advance for any typos due to haste.

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Independent 8,115 / Dac

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 17th October 2012

RatkojaRiku.

A Wednesday slot in the middle of the month is surely Dac’s by right, and today is no exception.

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Inquisitor 1250: WEST END HIT by Shark

Posted by Hihoba on 17th October 2012

Hihoba.

 

This is Shark’s fourth offering in this series. One of his previous puzzles was last Christmas, with gift, toys and presents under the tree.

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Financial Times 14136 Phssthpok

Posted by scchua on 16th October 2012

scchua.

The NE corner took me longer than usual for a Phssthpok.  Thanks for the challenge, Phssthpok.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links with the puzzle.]]

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Independent 8114 / Jambazi

Posted by duncanshiell on 16th October 2012

duncanshiell.

This is Jambazi’s second puzzle for the weekday Independent.  He has also set one weekend prize puzzle.  His first daily Independent puzzle was published n July and I enjoyed blogging it then.  I was therefore very pleased to see that I had hit lucky with snother Jambazi.  I was not disappointed.

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Guardian 25,768 – Shed

Posted by Uncle Yap on 16th October 2012

Uncle Yap.

Shed is always challenging and many of his clues can only be solved by the backward method of hazarding a likely answer and then working back to justify the wordplay. Even so, I needed the assistance of a good neighbour, the erudite NeilW in Jakarta to put me right in a couple of answers. By the end of nearly an hour of enjoyment, I sat back with great relief. Thank you, Shed, for the pleasure and the entertainment
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Guardian Quiptic 674 / Orlando

Posted by Big Dave on 15th October 2012

Big Dave.

Orlando is one of a couple of Quiptic setters whose puzzles I always enjoy solving.  Today I wasn’t disappointed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 25,767 – Audreus

Posted by Andrew on 15th October 2012

Andrew.

Nice to see one of Audreus’s rare appearances in the Monday slot (and we can confidently predict her son Shed for tomorrow). This was mostly easy going, with a striking number of clues involving reversals, but with enough gentle trickery to stop it being a complete walkover.

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