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Archive for October, 2012

Independent 8113/Quixote

Posted by Pierre on 15th October 2012

Pierre.

Another accessible but well-constructed Monday puzzle from Quixote.  Lots of different devices, including some clever anagrams, and some nice story-telling surfaces.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 479 – Money Laundering

Posted by beermagnet on 15th October 2012

beermagnet.

I solved this one before I realised I was going to blog it and haven’t made any contemporaneous notes.
I can’t even remember which was the first clue answered, nor which was the last.  I was certainly not stuck on anything at the end, just left with a smile, so that indicates the puzzle was not too hard.

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Beelzebub 1,179

Posted by Simon Harris on 14th October 2012

Simon Harris.

I’d hesitate to say this was an especially easy week for Beelzebub, but I did manage to complete the puzzle unaided, in one sitting, which is something of a rarity. It would be interesting to hear how other solvers found this.

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AZED No. 2,105 ‘Collisions’ COMPETITION PUZZLE

Posted by The Trafites on 14th October 2012

The Trafites.

Nick:  For a special, I found this rather easy, so 6/10 for me, but 9/10 for the cleverness. Incidently, this blog took me longer to do than the puzzle :D

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Everyman No. 3444 (7th October)

Posted by The Trafites on 14th October 2012

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning happy solvers,

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Independent on Sunday 1181 Raich

Posted by scchua on 14th October 2012

scchua.

An IoS towards the harder end of the spectrum, I thought.  There were quite some answers that had to be teased out, including the 4 long anagrams, of which I found 8 down easiest of the lot.  Thank you to Raich.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The pictures at the bottom, between them, share 2 unidentified links to the puzzle.]]

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Posted in Independent | 7 Comments »

Enigmatic Variations 1038 Difficulty by MynoT

Posted by twencelas on 13th October 2012

twencelas.

So a puzzle with a title of Difficulty – but no indication of its level of difficulty. Nine letters are missing from the subsidiary indications and this then needs to be used to modify the final grid and produce all but one member of a set. Sounds quite hard to me.

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Independent 8106 by Nimrod (Saturday Prize Puzzle 6 Oct 2012)

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 13th October 2012

mc_rapper67.

Nurse! My medication, please! This fiendishly clever and involved Saturday Prize puzzle from Nimrod almost reduced me to a gibbering wreck…or rather to more of one…

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Guardian 25,760 / Araucaria

Posted by mhl on 13th October 2012

mhl.

We thought this was a pretty tough prize puzzle, in the context of those from the previous few weeks. That was probably largely due to a theme that was difficult for us, and (I’d assume) many other people of my age or younger. It was quite a fun struggle to solve, nonetheless.

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Posted in Guardian | 25 Comments »

Financial Times 14,133 – Redshank

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 12th October 2012

Sil van den Hoek.

This was another excellent crossword by Redshank full of nice twists and turns, including the inevitable subtraction anagrams. After today’s FT blooper one cannot expect Jed to write another blog. Therefore I am happy to be a last minute stand-in.

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Financial Times 14,131 by Cinephile

Posted by Jed on 12th October 2012

Jed.

Masterly polychromic strokes

 

 

 

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Independent 8111 / Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 12th October 2012

Bertandjoyce.

We’re always pleased to solve a Phi-day puzzle at the end of the week.

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Guardian Cryptic N° 25,765 by Araucaria

Posted by PeterO on 12th October 2012

PeterO.

The theme centred on 24A made the puzzle seem daunting at first, but it yielded gracefully in the end.

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Guardian 25,764 / Picaroon

Posted by Eileen on 11th October 2012

Eileen.

Such goings-on for a Thursday morning – but what a lot of fun! It took a while to get into but, fortunately, there were a few easy clues to help the solving along. There is stunningly wicked [or wickedly stunning] exploitation of the theme here and I would have loved to have longer to savour it: this is a puzzle truly worthy of the Prize slot, I think, simply bursting with excellent clues, wonderful surfaces and ‘aha’ moments – far too many to mention.  I’ll leave you to name your own favourites. Just take my plaudits as read. I loved it – huge thanks, Picaroon!

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Financial Times no.14,132 by HAMILTON

Posted by Ringo on 11th October 2012

Ringo.

Even in the FT there’s no escaping the 50th anniversary of …

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