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Archive for January 3rd, 2013

Financial Times no.14,201 by Alberich

Posted by Ringo on 3rd January 2013


Good morning, and a happy New Year to the lot of you! This was a challenging solve to start 2013 (the traditional thick New Year head-cold didn’t help): some pretty tortuous clueing, I thought, but on the whole I found it very enjoyable. Many superb surfaces, and no serious quibbles – although, as ever, you may disagree…

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Guardian 25,835 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 3rd January 2013


A classic Paul puzzle, brimming with clever, witty clues and ingenious constructions, providing several ahas and smiles while solving, along with – not surprisingly – a couple of lavatorial references.

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Independent 8,181 / Nestor

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 3rd January 2013


The last time I was scheduled to blog a Nestor puzzle was the unfortunate occasion on which I confused my dates and someone had to step in and write a blog on my behalf. So producing any blog at all today has to be seen as an improvement on that performance!

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Financial Times 14,195 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 3rd January 2013

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Dec 24

A proper crossword consists of a grid and a set of clues, right?  Dante’s Christmas present had no grid (we were invited to fill in the blanks ourselves) while the clues contained neither clue number nor enumeration.  Never seen a thing like this before. I guess a lot of solvers must have thought “How on earth ….” or “Merry Christmas to you, Dante – but, no thanks ….”.  Yours truly likes a challenge but, if I weren’t a blogger, I would (probably) have given this – certainly on the scale of Dante – outrageous puzzle a miss.  Now I had to think of a strategy – and it wasn’t that bad after all.

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Financial Times Christmas Crossword Set by Gozo

Posted by Gaufrid on 3rd January 2013


We were told that: “Each of the 26 pairs of clues leads to solutions beginning with the letter indicated. In each pair one of the clues leads to a thematic solution, though no thematic definition is given. All 52 clues are presented in strict alphabetical order of their solutions. Solvers have to assign each of the 52 solutions to its correct position in the grid, jigsaw-fashion.”

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