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Archive for December, 2012

Financial Times no.14,186 by Cinephile

Posted by Ringo on 13th December 2012

Ringo.

I think this makes it two Cinephiles in three weeks for me – what a treat. I thought this was a delight and at the same time (and at risk of being hit with another peacocking charge) rather a doddle. But then, I’m a sucker for a festive-themed puzzle, and the Master has pulled out all the Christmassy stops here. I’m sure, however, that not everyone will have been as happy as I was to bowl tolerantly along with Cinephile’s trademark liberties…

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Guardian 25,818 – Paul

Posted by Andrew on 13th December 2012

Andrew.

Yes, it’s me for the second time this week, standing in for scchua, who is away. It was a bit of a surprise to get Paul today after Araucaria yesterday, but a pleasant one, of course. I found this quite tricky to get going on, with a lot of interconnected clues involving 15,17 and the initially mysterious 10,3, but I got there in the end.

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Independent 8164 / Crosophile

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 13th December 2012

Bertandjoyce.

A good Thursday work-out from Crosophile. We started quickly, completed almost half the grid and then came to a sudden halt!

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Financial Times 14,177 – Gaff

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 13th December 2012

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Dec 3

When there’s something special going on in the World Of Whatever the FT has its very own cryptic reporter: Gaff.  Unfortunately, the theme of Gaff’s puzzle was given away on beforehand which was a real shame. On top of that, a kind of weird was the fact that the preamble revealed the solution for 8d. While this crossword was perhaps more ‘exciting’ than the usual Monday fare, there were certainly pluses but a few minuses too.

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Financial Times 14,176 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 13th December 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of December 1, 2012

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Guardian 25,817 / Araucaria

Posted by Eileen on 12th December 2012

Eileen.

What looked for a while like a typically Araucarian mixture of obscurity and straightforwardness, with a few liberties thrown in, turned out to have more going on than I realised.

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Financial Times 14.185 by Aardvark

Posted by PeeDee on 12th December 2012

PeeDee.

This puzzle was very late appearing on the FT website.   If anyone is still awake then here is the blog…

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Independent 8,163 / Radian

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 12th December 2012

RatkojaRiku.

First things first: my thanks to Duncan for stepping in and producing what should have been my blog. I am taking steps to reduce the potential for any such oversights in the future.

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Inquisitor 1258: WETS by Lato

Posted by Hihoba on 12th December 2012

Hihoba.

Wow Lato! Another in this latest series of superb Inquisitors.

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Guardian 25,816 by Brendan

Posted by flashling on 11th December 2012

flashling.

Uncle Yap is away, so it’s my pleasure to do a Guardian blog of a Brendan crossword.

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Financial Times 14184 Jason

Posted by scchua on 11th December 2012

scchua.

Another straightforward puzzle from Jason, but enjoyable nevertheless.  Thanks to Jason.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle.]]

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Independent 8162 / Dac

Posted by duncanshiell on 11th December 2012

duncanshiell.

It’s the end of civilisation as we know it.  Dac doesn’t set crosswords on Tuesday, does he?

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Cyclops 483: BRIEFS encounter

Posted by jetdoc on 10th December 2012

jetdoc.

No major problems with this one… until I tried to parse 11a, which I had written in pretty much without thinking. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 25,815 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 10th December 2012

Andrew.

I’m not usually one of Rufus’s biggest fans, but I enjoyed this one, as I thought it had a nice variety of clue types, and as always some excellent surface readings. As usual, nothing too challenging for a Monday morning, but 11d and 17a held me up a little at the end.

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Independent no. 8161 by Quixote

Posted by flashling on 10th December 2012

flashling.

Welcome to our new improved site, Quixote for us today.

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