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Archive for December, 2012

Guardian Prize Puzzle 25,820 by Shed

Posted by PeeDee on 22nd December 2012

PeeDee.

I found this a bit lacklustre.   There was nothing actually wrong with any of the clues but overall the puzzle seemed to lack a little sparkle.   Normally I find puzzles from Shed entertaining and more of a challenge.  Maybe I was just not in the right mood today.

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Guardian 25,825 – Puck

Posted by Andrew on 21st December 2012

Andrew.

Some tricky stuff here from Puck – I took a while to get going on this, and even when a lucky guess gave me the crucial 26,16 there was still some work to be done, and yet more to explain the clues even when I’d found the answers. A very enjoyable and challenging one for my last blog before Christmas, and still the Araucaria and Azed specials to look forward to. Many thanks to Puck for this one, and Merry Christmas to all.

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Financial Times 14,193 by Sleuth

Posted by Jed on 21st December 2012

Jed.

Clever stuff

 

 

 

Across

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Independent 8171 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on 21st December 2012

duncanshiell.

It’s Friday, so it’s Phi with one of those grids that makes you look closely at the result.

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Independent 8170/Scorpion

Posted by John on 20th December 2012

John.

A very good crossword from Scorpion today, full of excellent clues, and hardly anything to quibble about. It also has a theme of which I approve — it is possible to solve the crossword straight without having to get some connection before you really start.

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Financial Times no.14,192 by Orense

Posted by Ringo on 20th December 2012

Ringo.

My brain has already gone on its Christmas holidays. This, coupled with a handful of tricky words, made this enjoyable offering from Orense a tougher-than-expected solve – but there was a reward waiting for me at the finish, in the form of a perimetrical…

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Guardian 25,824 – Chifonie

Posted by manehi on 20th December 2012

manehi.

Very straightforward for a Thursday, without much misdirection in the definitions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 14,191 by Loroso

Posted by PeeDee on 19th December 2012

PeeDee.

This is a really cracking themed puzzle and a good challenge, thouroughly recommended. If you have not had a go at this already you can get the PDF here.

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Independent 8169 / Dac

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 19th December 2012

Bertandjoyce.

A very pleasing puzzle from Dac.

There was much to enjoy. We thought that the surface reading of many of the clues was excellent – 12 ac, 14ac and 24ac for example. 19d brought back some memories of listening to our son’s music! 2d was a ‘write-in’ when we had a few crossing letters but it took a while to remember that the Oasis hit had an extra word at the start!

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Guardian Cryptic N° 25,823 by Arachne

Posted by PeterO on 19th December 2012

PeterO.

Given the ingenuity of the constructions, I think a lot of work must have gone into this puzzle. Thank you, Arachne.

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Financial Times 14,183 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 19th December 2012

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Dec 10

For some reason one day earlier than usual, I am happy to present another Dante blog. Mostly common ground, but as always one clue that made my brain cells work and work and work (26d, the last clue of the puzzle).

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Financial Times 14,182 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 19th December 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of December 8, 2012

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Inquisitor 1259: Clashes by Xanthippe

Posted by kenmac on 19th December 2012

kenmac.

Preamble: In nine cells (adjacent or diagonally adjacent), letters clash. These clashes must be resolved appropriately so that all entries are real words. The resolved clashes, starting in the top row, define 37 in the context of the completed grid.

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Financial Times 14,190 by Neo

Posted by PeeDee on 18th December 2012

PeeDee.

Neo is new to me.

I am standing in for scchua who is away at the moment, so it is nice to get some new setters to blog.  Very enjoyable and mostly steady going except for the SW corner which took me longer than the rest of the crossword put together.  Looking back I can’t see why as the solutions are all there waiting to be found, I just couldn’t seem to get started.  Thank you Neo.

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Independent 8,168 / Jambazi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 18th December 2012

RatkojaRiku.

This is my first blog of a Jambazi puzzle, and indeed one of the few puzzles of his that I have actually solved, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect this morning.

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