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Puzzle/Clue of the Month – January 2013

Posted by Admin on 31st January 2013

Admin.

Your nominations can be posted here: FT : Guardian : Independent
Nominations close on 7th February.
For the reason behind these nominations please see: 2013 Crossword Centenary.

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Independent – Puzzle/Clue of the Month – January 2013

Posted by Admin on 31st January 2013

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Comment format:
Puzzle of the month: DATE, PUZZLE NUMBER, SETTER, LINK TO PUZZLE
Clue of the month: DATE, PUZZLE NUMBER, SETTER, CLUE NUMBER, CLUE

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Guardian – Puzzle/Clue of the Month – January 2013

Posted by Admin on 31st January 2013

Admin.

Comment format:
Puzzle of the month: DATE, PUZZLE NUMBER, SETTER, LINK TO PUZZLE
Clue of the month: DATE, PUZZLE NUMBER, SETTER, CLUE NUMBER, CLUE

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Financial Times – Puzzle/Clue of the Month – January 2013

Posted by Admin on 31st January 2013

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Comment format:
Puzzle of the month: DATE, PUZZLE NUMBER, SETTER, LINK TO PUZZLE
Clue of the month: DATE, PUZZLE NUMBER, SETTER, CLUE NUMBER, CLUE

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Financial Times no.14,225 by Wanderer

Posted by Ringo on 31st January 2013

Ringo.

Not sure if I’ve blogged on Wanderer before – but anyway, time is short, so I’ll simply say that I enjoyed this puzzle: nothing knock-your-socks-off great or tear-your-hair-out difficult, but plenty of variety, some very nice surfaces and a fairytale theme to boot. Thank-you, Wanderer.

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Guardian 25,859 / Brummie

Posted by Eileen on 31st January 2013

Eileen.

An interesting and entertaining puzzle from Brummie, which turned out to be more straightforward than it looked at first sight.  There are some clever and amusing surfaces, some of which may be a little clunky but I have no real niggles. In fact, I found it an enjoyable solve – many thanks to Brummie.

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Independent 8,205 / Nestor

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 31st January 2013

RatkojaRiku.

I know that when my blog falls on a Thursday there is a good chance that I will cross swords with Nestor, a challenge that I relish.

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Financial Times 14,216 – Falcon

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 31st January 2013

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Jan 21

Once more an immaculately clued crossword by Falcon which can be found here. Not one at the higher end of the spectrum, but just like the Observer’s weekly Everyman – no coincidence, of course – one that will please beginners and more experienced solvers equally alike.

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Financial Times 14.215 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 31st January 2013

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 19, 2013

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Inaugural ‘Create a Crossword with Paul’ tour Feb 4-10 2013

Posted by Admin on 30th January 2013

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Details can be found here.

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Financial Times 14,224 by Monk

Posted by PeeDee on 30th January 2013

PeeDee.

Great stuff from Monk.  Challenging as always, new words and unfamiliar definitions of old ones with plenty of misdirection to send us down the wrong track.  Thank you Monk.

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Guardian 25,858 – Gordius

Posted by Andrew on 30th January 2013

Andrew.

There seemed to be less to nitpick about here than I usually find in Gordius puzzles, but not a great deal to get excited about either, with a lot of very easy clues, some rather weak cryptic definitions, and a bit of obscure knowledge needed to confirm the parsing of 28a.

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Independent 8204 / Crosophile

Posted by duncanshiell on 30th January 2013

duncanshiell.

This is Crosophile’s first weekday outing of the year in the Independent series.  We got our money’s-worth today with 32 clues.  My experience of blogging the Independent is that 32 clues is the exception rather than the rule.

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Inquisitor 1265: A-trocity by Shark

Posted by duncanshiell on 30th January 2013

duncanshiell.

Shark has set a number of Inquisitor puzzles and each has been very satisfying.  I blogged one focused on Socrates and his comment that he didn’t know there were so many things he could do without.  Having glanced at many catalogues and websites over the Christmas period, I can tell him that nothing has changed.

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Independent 8203/Anax

Posted by John on 29th January 2013

John.

Yes I was right yesterday when I posted and said that I suspected the Raich crossword was easier than whatever I was going to be blogging today,  but although this was on the tricky side all was fair and Anax has done his usual good job, with plenty of very nice clues. More than other setters, it seems, he often has equivalents for words that are not precise synonyms, but are interchangeable in some sentence, so long as you can find it. This seems perfectly fair.

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