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Inquisitor puzzles – 2012 favourites

Posted by HolyGhost on 31st December 2012

HolyGhost.

Having aggregated the “votes” for the most favoured Inquisitor puzzles of 2012, I can now reveal the outcome:
 
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Guardian 25,832 / Crucible

Posted by Eileen on 31st December 2012

Eileen.

Manehi has had travel problems today, so I’m a late substitute

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Independent 8178 by Alchemi

Posted by flashling on 31st December 2012

flashling.

So it’s my privilege to wrap up 2012 with Indy new boy Alchemi on yet another wild and wet morning to end the year.

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Indy review of 2012 (including comparison of days of week)

Posted by nmsindy on 31st December 2012

nmsindy.

As in previous years, I’m giving my solving times for the Indy crossword for 2012 showing the average for each setter.    Also for the first time this year, analysis is given of each day of the week.

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Guardian Quiptic N° 685 by Arachne

Posted by PeterO on 31st December 2012

PeterO.

It is always a pleasure to see Arachne’s name on a crossword that I have to blog.

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The Inquisitor Puzzles 2012 – A Review by Nimrod

Posted by Admin on 31st December 2012

Admin.

2012 was, I hope you’ll agree, a great year for the Inquisitor Crossword. As we roll on into another year and with plenty more excellent puzzles already in production, I hope you won’t mind my recording thanks to all the brilliantly inventive setters involved, from the “old hands” like Schadenfreude, Lato and Kruger, to the “new kids on the block” like Shark, Jambazi and Gila; as well as bloggers, commenters, editors and my invaluable solving team.

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Independent on Sunday 1,192 – Raich

Posted by Ali on 30th December 2012

Ali.

A nice way to round off the blogging year with a bit of Raich. Lots to admire here, with 14D my pick of the bunch.

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Everyman 3455/23 December

Posted by Pierre on 30th December 2012

Pierre.

A festive offering from Everyman – clearly clued and good fun as always.

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Independent Crossword 8172 by Tyrus (Saturday prize puzzle 22-12-2012)

Posted by twencelas on 29th December 2012

twencelas.

‘Tis the Saturday before Christmas and a puzzle from Tyrus to blog – what could be better?

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Financial Times 14,189 – Crux

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 29th December 2012

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Dec 17

An overall enjoyable Crux crossword to end another year of blogging.  So,  A Very Happy New Year to everyone out there!  At this place, I would like to thank Dante and Crux for providing the lion’s share of the FT’s Monday puzzles, but others like Armonie, Falcon, Mudd or Gaff were equally appreciated.  I am really looking forward to my first blog in 2013.  Am I?  Seen last Monday’s crossword?  Is this Dante/Rufus’s Revenge on his criticasters?  Not sure whether I will survive this outrageous ‘crossword’ - but more about that next week (I hope …. :) ).

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1048: Missing Title by Nutmeg

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 29th December 2012

mc_rapper67.

Another annoyingly misleading editing error in the preamble – which starts: ‘Half of the 24 clued answers…’ but should probably start: ‘Half of the 48 clued answers…’, or ‘Of the 48 clued answers, 24/half…’. Anyway, these 24 need to suffer ‘a related loss’ to form the grid entry. ‘Most’ of these can be construed as an 11D by a character to be found in the grid. Initial letters of the other (24) clues form a partial ‘further explanation’, which needs to be finished off below the grid. Is that clear?! It took a few readings and re-readings before I really got a grip of what was going on…

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Financial Times 14,188 by Cinephile

Posted by Pete Maclean on 29th December 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of 15 December, 2012

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Financial Times 14,197 by Bradman

Posted by Jed on 28th December 2012

Jed.

Absolute corker – especially 15down

 

 

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Guardian 25,830 / Boatman

Posted by Eileen on 28th December 2012

Eileen.

A Christmas cracker from Boatman – a very clever puzzle, which exploits its theme to the full, with some very witty clues, ingenious constructions and excellent surfaces.

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Independent 8,176 / Phi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 28th December 2012

RatkojaRiku.

As this is to be my last appearance as a blogger in 2012, I was hoping to produce a comprehensive blog of today’s puzzle, which is by Phi, as might be expected.

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