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Archive for November, 2012

Financial Times 14,175 by Bradman

Posted by Jed on 30th November 2012

Jed.

Masterly

 

 

 

 

 

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Beelzebub 1186

Posted by Jed on 30th November 2012

Jed.

A real vocabulary enhancer

 

 

 

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Guardian 25,807 – Paul

Posted by Andrew on 30th November 2012

Andrew.

An absolute delight from Paul today. No theme that I can see, nor even any Paulian smut, just a collection of high-quality clues. I found it quite hard, but with a few easier clues to get me started it gradually yielded up its secrets. It would be difficult and invidious to pick out a favourite clue, but 25a and 8d gave me a laugh, and the long anagrams for 16a and 17/14 are excellent. Thanks, Paul.

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Independent 8,153 / Phi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 30th November 2012

RatkojaRiku.

My turn for the Friday slot today, and it was no surprise to find Phi’s latest offering to sink my teeth into.

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Financial Times no.14,174 by Cinephile

Posted by Ringo on 29th November 2012

Ringo.

My brain isn’t working. Even the Guardian Quick – my customary waker-upper, while the coffee brews – was a struggle this morning. Still, I made it through this sound offering from Cinephile with only one or two stumbles. Not a bad puzzle, not an overwhelmingly exciting puzzle, and too many anagrams for an anagramophobe like me, but still, an enjoyable start to the day – so thank-you, [Chile Pine]*.     

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Guardian 25,806 / Picaroon

Posted by Eileen on 29th November 2012

Eileen.

I’m a great fan of Picaroon’s puzzles and there was no disappointment here: lots of witty and ingenious cluing, resulting in quite a bit of head-scratching, not least in the parsing department, followed by the usual smiles and ‘ahas’. Many thanks, Picaroon, for a highly entertaining and enjoyable puzzle.

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Independent 8152 / Klingsor

Posted by duncanshiell on 29th November 2012

duncanshiell.

Klingsor is a fairly regular contributor to the Independent series of daily crosswords.  He is known to have a strong interest in Wagner.  Today’s reference to Wagner occurred in the clue at 8 down when the opera Rienzi was mentioned.

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Financial Times 14,165 – Armonie

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 29th November 2012

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Nov 19

Good to see, once more, another setter than Rufus or Crux on a Monday. Armonie’s puzzles for the FT usually appear on a Tuesday (as do the crosswords by his alter ego Chifonie in the Guardian).  Armonie mainly sticks to familiar devices and never crosses the line [meaning, doing something that might be seen as devious]. Meanwhile, the clueing is immaculate (although, this time I had some doubts about 9d (and its successor) – my PinC hadn’t) and full of smooth surfaces. It’s a skill, setting crosswords, isn’t it? The crossword can be found here .

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Financial Times 14,164 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 29th November 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of November 17, 2012

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Financial Times 14,173 by Gozo

Posted by PeeDee on 28th November 2012

PeeDee.

A great thematic puzzle from Gozo, a mid-week treat!

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Independent 8151/Crosophile

Posted by John on 28th November 2012

John.

As always on the last Wednesday of the month it’s Crosophile, who makes a good job of being a Dac equivalent. Roughly the same level of difficulty, and some nice clues. I have my doubts about one or two of them but will almost certainly be shown to have been unnecessarily pedantic.

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Guardian Cryptic N° 25,805 by Araucaria

Posted by PeterO on 28th November 2012

PeterO.

I think this may produce some varied responses, depending on the appetite for Araucaria’s liberties.

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Inquisitor 1256: The Answer is 5 by Eclogue

Posted by HolyGhost on 28th November 2012

HolyGhost.

Eclogue is a setter new to the Inquisitor, though I gather from Dave Hennings’ Crossword Database that they have featured in Magpie over the last couple of years. (I say “they” because a Google search indicates that Eclogue is a partnership comprising Eclipse & Logogriph.)
 
All clues have an extra letter to be removed before solving; these letters spell out a question, to be resolved by changing 12 letters to give the submission grid. (The letter in cell 5 completes the question.) Other thematic material is to be found at regular intervals throughout the clues.

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Independent 8150 / Mordred

Posted by Eileen on 27th November 2012

Eileen.

This is only my second [I think] foray into Indy blogging territory – standing in for Bert and Joyce today.

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Financial Times N° 14,172 by Crux

Posted by PeterO on 27th November 2012

PeterO.

If I had not been told otherwise, I might have taken this for a Rufus – or should I say Dante? – and none the worse for that.

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