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Archive for November, 2012

Independent 8147 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on 23rd November 2012

duncanshiell.

This was another enjoyable puzzle from Phi.  There was nothing too difficult or obscure in terms of entries or knowledge required to solve the clues.

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Posted in Independent | 12 Comments »

Guardian 25,801 – Gordius

Posted by Andrew on 23rd November 2012

Andrew.

This was mostly pretty easy, with a lot of write-straight-in answers. Some clues are fine, but as is often the case with Gordius a significant proportion them don’t stand up to close scrutiny. There are some nice ideas, e.g. the surface reading in 6d, but the execution lacks accuracy. Apologies to Gordius fans!

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Posted in Guardian | 33 Comments »

Independent 8146/Radian

Posted by John on 22nd November 2012

John.

Radian has given us a pleasant crossword today themed largely around 16ac, which is connected with many of the clues. I have my doubts about 15dn, although perhaps I have it quite wrong and will be corrected.

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Posted in Independent | 9 Comments »

Financial Times no.14,168 by Orense

Posted by Ringo on 22nd November 2012

Ringo.

I’m going to be accused of peacocking again if I say that this was a doddle… so instead I’ll say that it was an enjoyable, playful puzzle, with a nice mix of mechanisms; a lovely way to start the day, and no complaints from this quarter. Thank-you, Orense.

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Posted in FT | 3 Comments »

Guardian 25,800 – Puck

Posted by manehi on 22nd November 2012

manehi.

Found this very tricky, but really enjoyed the various uses [and non-use] of the interlinked clues. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to parse 1dn yet – would appreciate any help. Edit: thanks to AndrewC for 1dn

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Posted in Guardian | 29 Comments »

Financial Times 14,159 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 22nd November 2012

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Nov 12

After two Monday Prize Crosswords that got me on the edge of my seat, this Dante puzzle was really plain sailing.

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Posted in FT | 6 Comments »

Financial Times 14,158 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 22nd November 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of November 10, 2012

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Posted in FT | 4 Comments »

Independent 8,145 by Dac

Posted by PeeDee on 21st November 2012

PeeDee.

My apologies for being late.  I am standing in for Bert and Joyce who are on holiday this week and I have accidentally managed to get two blogs for the same morning, neither of which turned out to be very easy.

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Posted in Independent | 14 Comments »

Financial Times 14,167 by Monk

Posted by PeeDee on 21st November 2012

PeeDee.

A tough puzzle from Monk as always, but everything is there waiting to be found once one figures out where to look.   Very enjoyable, thank you Monk.

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Posted in FT | 8 Comments »

Guardian Cryptic N° 25,799 by Orlando

Posted by PeterO on 21st November 2012

PeterO.

A pleasing crossword; I had to hunt about for an entry point (or, rather, entry points; I solved three or four clues before getting any that intersected), but it all came out in the end, after several “How did I not see that in the first pass?”es.

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Posted in Guardian | 34 Comments »

Inquisitor 1255: Last to Go by ___

Posted by kenmac on 21st November 2012

kenmac.

Preamble: Several clues contain words to be extracted before solving. These surplus words fall into 6 consecutive blocks of 4, each block providing material to define two further words: one of each pair is an otherwise unclued grid entry, the other a word that differs from that entry in a consistent way. Filling in the central square, solvers must highlight two names – the pseudonym of one, in conjunction with other features of the puzzle, will reveal the setter of this puzzle to be entered over the grid, while the equivalent remnants of the pseudonym of the other must be highlighted in an unclued entry.
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Posted in Inquisitor | 10 Comments »

Financial Times 14166 Phssthpok

Posted by scchua on 20th November 2012

scchua.

A tricky puzzle, with clues requiring the solver to break them in the appropriate places, eg. 17a, 19a, 24a, and 5d.  But all fair and enjoyable.  Thanks to Phssthpok.  Definitions are underlined in the clues. [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle.]]

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Posted in FT | 3 Comments »

Independent 8,144 / Punk

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 20th November 2012

RatkojaRiku.

It is Tuesday today so there is normally a treat in store for solvers of the Independent cryptic crossword. Today was certainly no exception.

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Posted in Independent | 12 Comments »

Guardian 25,798 – Tramp

Posted by Uncle Yap on 20th November 2012

Uncle Yap.

Very challenging and entertaining puzzle with some very clever clues. Better stop here in case I incur the wrath of this setter who did not take kindly to my comments last time
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Posted in Guardian | 40 Comments »

Guardian 25,797 / Brendan

Posted by Eileen on 19th November 2012

Eileen.

When I opened my paper this morning to find Brendan’s name on this puzzle, rather than the expected Rufus, with a fair number  of inter-connected clues, I wondered whether I was in for my third stiff blogging challenge in just over a week. [Actually, perhaps I shouldn't have been so surprised, because I find that this is the seventh time in a row that the non-Rufus Monday has fallen on my blogging day, and each time it has been a Brendan puzzle. I'm still not complaining!]

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Posted in Guardian | 30 Comments »