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Archive for January, 2013

Financial Times no.14,219 by Redshank

Posted by Ringo on 24th January 2013

Ringo.

Whew. This was a severe test: what with the unhelpful grid, the four intractable twelve-letter solutions and a whole monstrous regiment of devilishly brilliant &lits, I was left tottering on the brink of an I CAN’T DO THIS! breakdown… but light dawned, at last. Only one or two corners were left unilluminated – help, as ever, much appreciated. Chapeau, Redshank.

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Independent 8199 / Klingsor

Posted by duncanshiell on 24th January 2013

duncanshiell.

Thursdays usually bring a challenging crossword.  I think today’s offering from Klingsor certainly falls into the challenging category.

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Guardian 25,853 – Araucaria

Posted by Andrew on 24th January 2013

Andrew.

After Araucaria’s announcement of his cancer a couple weeks ago, every new crossword he produces is surely one to treasure. It seems to be very much business as usual with this one, with all the ingenuity and wit (and sometimes slight looseness of clueing, but who cares?) that we associate with him. A theme (not particularly developed, I think, though perhaps I’ve missed something) of clues about accommodation, and a couple of new words for me.

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Financial Times 14,210 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 24th January 2013

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Jan 14

A not too taxing, but very well written Dante crossword that one can find here. Some typical nautical references (25ac, 5d), one or two great anagrams (16ac, for example), not too many cryptic definitions and some cheekiness (1d). Many thanks to Dante for a puzzle published on a day that Guardian solvers surely must have missed his alter ego.

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Financial Times 14,209 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 24th January 2013

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 12, 2013

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Financial Times 14,218 by Gaff

Posted by PeeDee on 23rd January 2013

PeeDee.

I don’t think I have blogged a puzzle by Gaff before, quite an experience. There is loads of stuff in here to go at.  I’m not sure if I have spotted it all, maybe there are some experts on the subject who can find some more links to the anniverary being commemorated.

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Independent 8198/Dac

Posted by John on 23rd January 2013

John.

The usual excellent puzzle from Dac. No problems that I could see — some might object to his use of r = recipe, but that seems to me to be quite OK — it’s simply an abbreviation that one has to learn. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian Cryptic N° 25,852 by Paul

Posted by PeterO on 23rd January 2013

PeterO.

This crossword may be found at http://www.guardian.co.uk/crosswords/cryptic/25852. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 1264: Centre Forward by Ferret

Posted by HolyGhost on 23rd January 2013

HolyGhost.

I rather enjoyed Ferret‘s two previous Inquisitor puzzles – and I enjoyed this one too, though it proved less difficult than it first seemed. The grid is 9 × 13, and essentially split into left & right with almost negligible overlap. Clues are paired, separated by an extra word, the first answer being entered on the left, the second in the mirror image slot on the right.
 
“All entries are consistent with the theme so solvers will have to make one square do double duty and will need to withdraw some entries entirely.” {Remove, or enter R to L? That’s for us to discover.} Initial letters of the extra [separating] words define a phrase (4,4) to be entered in the barred off central column.

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Independent 8197 / Scorpion

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 22nd January 2013

Bertandjoyce.

This was an enjoyable, not too tricky, themed offering from Scorpion.

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Financial Times 14217 Crux

Posted by scchua on 22nd January 2013

scchua.

Though quick, solving this was quite enjoyable with some clever surfaces and devices.  Thank you to Crux.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle.]]

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Guardian 25,851 – Puck

Posted by Uncle Yap on 22nd January 2013

Uncle Yap.

It is always a pleasure to solve and blog Puck, my magic dragon from the Land of Guinness. I am always reminded about a lazy afternoon spent in a Dublin pub, drinking pints of that creamy stuff, if only to see the bubbles going up and down as a new glass is drawn. As expected, this was an excellent puzzle which should titillate any solver of discerning taste. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 8196 by Quixote

Posted by flashling on 21st January 2013

flashling.

It’s that Monday morning feeling again today, slightly delayed as I’d forgotten it was my turn…..

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Guardian Cryptic 25850 Rufus

Posted by scchua on 21st January 2013

scchua.

The usual Monday fare from Rufus.  Not everyone’s cup of tea, as the many cds do not allow the solver to synthesise the answer from scratch, but require one to take a macro view.  Thanks Rufus for the usual enjoyable (to me) puzzle.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[Each pictures at the bottom has 1 of 3 unidentified links to the puzzle.  Please double bracket any comments about them.  Thank you.]]

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Guardian Quiptic 688/Pan

Posted by Pierre on 21st January 2013

Pierre.

A bit tricky for a Quiptic, I thought, but perhaps you think differently.

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