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Archive for November, 2012

Guardian 25,804 – Qaos

Posted by Uncle Yap on 27th November 2012

Uncle Yap.

I wonder whether you pronounce the name of this setter as you would chaos? But chaotic, this puzzle isn’t … in fact, quite solveable and entertaining to boot.

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Independent 8149/Quixote

Posted by Pierre on 26th November 2012

Pierre.

With apologies for its late appearance (see below), here’s my brief blog of Quixote’s puzzle today.  Another good’un from our regular Monday setter, but someone else will have to explain 21dn.

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Guardian 25,803 by Rufus

Posted by PeeDee on 26th November 2012

PeeDee.

My apologies for being late (again).  I had forgotten I was on duty today and had to be politely remided by Gaufrid.

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Independent 26 November – placeholder

Posted by Pierre on 26th November 2012

Pierre.

The Independent crossword does not appear to want to come out to play this morning – all I get is an error message.  I will keep trying, and if that fails I will go and buy a copy of the paper; but it’s a twelve mile round trip to the nearest village shop, which doesn’t open till 9:00, and I have to go out shortly after that.  So if a blog doesn’t appear till this afternoon, please bear with me.

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Guardian Quiptic 680/Orlando

Posted by Pierre on 26th November 2012

Pierre.

A delightful Quiptic from Orlando, which I think would have been a treat for the intended audience.  Plenty of wit, a good variety of devices, and some lovely surfaces.

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Private Eye / Cyclops 482 – Ungodly control

Posted by beermagnet on 26th November 2012

beermagnet.

This was certainly a topping crossword …

…there were a variety of tops in it: Jersey, Poncho, Kimono.

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Beelzebub 1,185

Posted by Simon Harris on 25th November 2012

Simon Harris.

Quite a tough week, with lots of good vocabulary to discover. Perhaps a grid we haven’t seen before, as I don’t remember ever blogging a Beelzebub with quite so many across clues.

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Independent on Sunday 1,187 by Noz

Posted by Simon Harris on 25th November 2012

Simon Harris.

I’m not familiar with the name “Noz”, and a trawl through the archives finds nothing, so I wonder if we have a brand new setter with us today. If that is the case, welcome!

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AZED No. 2,111 ‘Letters Latent’

Posted by The Trafites on 25th November 2012

The Trafites.

Nick:  A fairly difficult Azed this week being a Letters Latent puzzle.

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Everyman No. 3450 (18th November)

Posted by The Trafites on 25th November 2012

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning happy solvers.

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A change when adding comments – please read

Posted by Admin on 24th November 2012

Admin.

This site currently receives over 65,000 spam comments each month. The vast majority of these (>99.9%) are intercepted by the excellent Akismet spam filter and so never appear on posts but they are still an unwanted drain on server resources.

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Independent Crossword 8142 by Anax (Saturday prize puzzle 17-11-2012)

Posted by twencelas on 24th November 2012

twencelas.

It’s Saturday and another duel with Anax – who appears to be saving on the word count this week. Well we are in a recession!

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1044: Seven Things by Wiglaf

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 24th November 2012

mc_rapper67.

Wiglaf is a new name to me – and doesn’t seem to appear anywhere else on 15×15, so is either a new setter. or one of those occasional collaborations of setters(?). Either way he, she or they has/have produced an interesting and challenging puzzle here. It does what it says on the tin: there are seven ‘things’ to be found (in clues lacking definitions) and twelve misprints to identify a ‘group of people’ associated with these things. Lastly 18 cells to be identified to ‘reveal the theme’…

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Guardian Prize Puzzle 25,796 by Araucaria

Posted by PeeDee on 24th November 2012

PeeDee.

I enjoyed this one very much, sort of middling in difficulty I would say.

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Financial Times 14,169 by Mudd

Posted by Jed on 23rd November 2012

Jed.

Absolutely brilliant

 

 

 

Across

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