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Archive for November, 2012

Financial Times no.14,162 by Jason

Posted by Ringo on 15th November 2012


My commitments to a girlfriend in California and a Test Match in India mean that I’m either up late or up early, depending on your perspective. In any event, I’m here and blogging before the real-life pink ‘uns have even hit the news-stands.

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Financial Times 14,153 – Crux

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 15th November 2012

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Nov 5

Monday a week ago,  I found Dante’s prize puzzle one of his more difficult crosswords. This time Crux made me work very hard. But let’s face it, what is hard after yesterday’s IO (and Boatman)?

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Financial Times 14,152 / Dogberry

Posted by Pete Maclean on 15th November 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of November 3, 2012

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Financial Times By IO

Posted by PeeDee on 14th November 2012


I am in the embarassing position of being unable to finish this one.  All sorted now, thanks to all that chipped in.  Very tough to finish!

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Guardian 25,793 / Boatman

Posted by Eileen on 14th November 2012


I found this hard going, mostly in the parsing department. If it had been a Saturday puzzle [which it could well have been] I might have got there in the end but I didn’t want to keep you waiting any longer. As it is, I don’t think I’ve ever left so many gaps in the explanations, so there’s plenty of scope for audience participation today! [Perhaps it’s time for me to ‘step aside’, as they say these days. ;-) ]

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Independent 8,139 / Dac

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 14th November 2012


It’s Wednesday today and Dac is occupying his usual slot.

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Inquisitor 1254: ALIKE by Ferret

Posted by Hihoba on 14th November 2012


Ferret’s only previous crossword in this series was 1213 earlier this year – Twenty blocks and twenty bars – and the rubric mentioned 90 degree symmetry. This time it was the more conventional 180 degree symmetry involved, but with a splendid twist which made this a most unusual grid. So thanks to Ferret for a very clever offering. The grid must have been very difficult to compile!

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Slow loading times and outages

Posted by Admin on 13th November 2012


You will have noticed recently that the site has become slow to load or is unavailable (FTTP500). When this occurred back in January the problem was due to a couple of other websites, hosted on the same server, which caused the server to slow down or stop. The hosting company has informed me that this time it is down to 15² using too much cpu time  (something which I would question) so it is being throttled.

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Financial Times 14160 Redshank

Posted by scchua on 13th November 2012


An enjoyable puzzle by Redshank, which might well have been compiled for a certain sporting event this year, but only now published.  References abound in the clues and answers.  Thank you, Redshank.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle.]]

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Independent 8138 / Nimrod

Posted by duncanshiell on 13th November 2012


I thought this was a wonderful crossword with clever clues, a good deal of misdirection and a wide range of wordplay constructions.

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Guardian 25,792 – Paul

Posted by Uncle Yap on 13th November 2012

Uncle Yap.

This is well worth waiting an extra hour for. Nicely and fairly clued mini-theme of pretty ladies. Thank you, Paul for the morning’s entertainment. Thank you, the other Paul (Drury aka PeeDee) for providing the template for this blog which allows the reader to also see the actual clue while reading my explanation.

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Guardian Quiptic 678 / Hectence

Posted by Big Dave on 12th November 2012

Big Dave.

I found this Hectence puzzle a little disappointing.  Some of the constructs were on the tough side for a crossord targetted at beginners and I have previously expressed my dislike for wordplay that uses the same root as the answer (as in 8 and 17 down). Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 8137 by Quixote

Posted by NealH on 12th November 2012


*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, CD=cryptic def, DD=double def, sp=spoonerism
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Guardian 25,791 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 12th November 2012


A typical Rufus, with the usual helpings of cryptic and double definitions, but also (I think) rather more anagrams than usual: these and others gave me a good start, letting the rest be slotted in with very little trouble. Read the rest of this entry »

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Private Eye / Cyclops 481 – Beer thoughts

Posted by beermagnet on 12th November 2012


I have had a couple of weeks of utterly manic work and have been meaning to do this blog for ages, but here we are, late Sunday and it’s not started and I’m still in the office pushing bits and bytes through computers. So this will have to be a quick one …

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