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Guardian 25,829 – Gordius

Posted by Andrew on 27th December 2012

Andrew.

Due to post-Christmas activities today’s blog is rather rushed and abbreviated – apologies for any errors or omissions. Standard Gordius stuff, I think, though with the pressure of time I haven’t considered it in much detail.

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Financial Times 14,196 by Armonie

Posted by Jed on 27th December 2012

Jed.

Fine fare

 

 

 

 

Across

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Independent 8175 / Klingsor

Posted by duncanshiell on 27th December 2012

duncanshiell.

There were some clever clues in this puzzle, including at least three &Lit ones.  Also , a good bit of lateral thinking was required in places.  The puzzle, to my mind, was an excellent Thursday mental workout.

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Independent 8174/Anax

Posted by John on 26th December 2012

John.

A nice crossword from Anax themed around 16ac and 6dn that so far as I can see, apart from the fact that 16ac is often a Christmas show, has no connection with the season. Unfortunately my knowledge of 16ac is confined to awareness of some of the characters in it — I took 8dn on trust — but so far as I can see no more is required. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian Cryptic N° 25,828 by Orlando

Posted by PeterO on 26th December 2012

PeterO.

Nothing too taxing to solve after a sumptuous Christmas dinner, but a fine set of witty clues.

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Inquisitor 1260: Inevitably! by Glow-worm

Posted by HolyGhost on 26th December 2012

HolyGhost.

Haven’t seen Glow-worm for nearly a year now, so welcome back. I’ll be hiking on Gran Canaria when this comes out, and won’t be checking any comments until I return.
 
Each of seven clues has “ingested” an object, just like the 18a. Each object forms the first element of a two-part phrase, the second element of which provides one of the shaded (not!) spaces in the grid. In conventional order, the “ingestions” lead to an inevitable outcome: 1a, 36a!

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Independent 8173 by Quixote

Posted by Jed on 24th December 2012

Jed.

Festive fare from the Don

 

 

 

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Guardian Quiptic 684/Moley

Posted by Pierre on 24th December 2012

Pierre.

You’re probably all too busy doing last-minute stuff to be solving crosswords or reading blogs, so in an effort to get you to have a look at a lovely Quiptic from Moley, I have added at the end of the blog the best-ever Christmas cracker joke …

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Guardian Cryptic 25827 Rufus

Posted by scchua on 24th December 2012

scchua.

Firstly, thank you to PeeDee, Andrew and BertandJoyce for filling in for me while I was away.  Also, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to one and all at Fifteensquared.  In keeping with the times, today it’s a Christmas-y Rufus, with (I thought) a lot of CDs (or DCDs, if you like), even for this setter.  I was a bit slow finishing this, probably because of my lay-off.  Thanks to Rufus.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The pictures at the bottom have an unidentified link to the puzzle (sorry, nothing seasonal).  Please double-bracket any comments on them.]]

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Beelzebub 1,189

Posted by Simon Harris on 23rd December 2012

Simon Harris.

A pretty tough week, though everything fell into place in the end. I think I’ve explained everything, but must admit that Chambers got quite a thumbing whilst blogging!

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Everyman No. 3454 (16th December)

Posted by The Trafites on 23rd December 2012

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning to you all,

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Independent on Sunday 1,191 by Donk

Posted by Simon Harris on 23rd December 2012

Simon Harris.

I think this is the first time I’ve blogged a Donk puzzle, and in fact it may be only the setter’s second appearance on a Sunday.

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Azed 2115

Posted by duncanshiell on 23rd December 2012

duncanshiell.

Another very sound set of clues from Azed, making full use of the more obscure meanings of words.  You always know where you stand with Azed.  If you feel unhappy with the parsing then you probably haven’t got it right.  There were a couple of clues here that took me more than one attempt to parse to my own satisfaction.  As I result I found even more meanings of everyday words.

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Independent 8166 by Anax (Saturday Prize Puzzle 15 December 2012)

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 22nd December 2012

mc_rapper67.

The first thing that struck me about this puzzle was the amount of white space amongst the clues – combined with the identity of the setter, Anax, this was enough to strike fear into the heart of the blogger: it is going to be one of those fiercely difficult prize crosswords – with short, succinct and hard to fathom clues…

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Enigmatic Variations No.1047 – X Marks the ???? by Rustic

Posted by Mister Sting on 22nd December 2012

Mister Sting.

There are two errors in the first sentence of this EV’s preamble. There are dots rather than commas separating some of the numbers giving word lengths for the quotation, which is described as “running clockwise IN THE MOST of the perimeter”. I appreciate that these are small mistakes (and not the setter’s fault), but they irk me. Read the rest of this entry »

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