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Archive for January, 2013

Cyclops 486: Hacked off to the back teeth

Posted by jetdoc on 20th January 2013

jetdoc.

This was numbered 469 in the magazine, but is correct on the website.

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Beelzebub 1,193

Posted by Simon Harris on 20th January 2013

Simon Harris.

This was a particularly challenging week, I found. In fact it’s rare that I’m completely beaten by a clue even as I blog the puzzle, but two have come along at once. At 29ac and 6dn I’ve reproduced the clue and the checking letters.

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Everyman No. 3458 (13th January)

Posted by The Trafites on 20th January 2013

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning to you all,

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Independent on Sunday 1,195 by Crosophile

Posted by Simon Harris on 20th January 2013

Simon Harris.

I must admit to finding this one relatively tough for a Sunday. That isn’t a complaint since it was terribly good, but it did take a little longer than usual and one or two escaped me right up until blogging day.

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Azed 2119

Posted by John on 20th January 2013

John.

The usual excellent crossword from Azed and as usual I won’t give detailed descriptions of all the very unusual words, in the knowledge that anyone interested enough in this crossword to look here will have a copy of Chambers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 8189 / Morph (Saturday Prize Puzzle 12/01/13)

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 19th January 2013

Bertandjoyce.

A good challenge from Morph this week, with the expected standard of well-constructed clues.

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Guardian Prize Puzzle 25,843 by Paul

Posted by PeeDee on 19th January 2013

PeeDee.

Enjoyable, inventive, topical and a little cheeky; Paul doing what he does best.

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Financial Times 14,214 by Orense

Posted by Jed on 18th January 2013

Jed.

Straightforward and enjoyable

 

 

 

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Guardian 25,848 – Tramp

Posted by Andrew on 18th January 2013

Andrew.

What a treat to have a Tramp puzzle to blog on this chilly morning. I took a while to get started, not helped by putting in a plausible but wrong answer for 7d, but once I cottoned on to the theme (familiar to me and evoking childhood memories, though perhaps others will have more trouble) it was mostly plain sailing. Good fun and very satisfying – thanks Tramp.

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Independent 8194 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on 18th January 2013

duncanshiell.

This was an entertaining puzzle from Phi  including some of his regular geographic allusions.

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Independent 8193/Rorschach

Posted by John on 17th January 2013

John.

A crossword today from Rorschach that I at any rate found particularly hard, not helped by its thrice vanishing into the ether so that I had to restart.  Some of the clues are beyond me: I trust someone will come forward and explain. But it is Thursday, so it’s what you expect that day.

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Guardian 25,847 – Gordius

Posted by manehi on 17th January 2013

manehi.

Found this trickier than usual from Gordius, but very enjoyable. Favourite clues 12ac, 26ac and 1dn.

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Financial Times no.14,214 by Loroso

Posted by Ringo on 17th January 2013

Ringo.

Goodness, I had a struggle with this. Loroso’s extensive vocabulary (or, perhaps, my limited vocabulary), a few misleading indicators (sandwiches, pockets) and a general brain-failure on my part combined to make this one of the toughest solves the FT has provided in a good long while. No doubt plenty of you cruised through it without a qualm – such is the way of these things. Anyway, in the end I had no complaints: this was a clever, interesting puzzle, so thank-you, Loroso (he said through gritted teeth…).

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Financial Times 14,204 – Crux

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 17th January 2013

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Jan 7

A Crux puzzle which – rather unusual for this setter – had quite a few cross references. An overall enjoyable solve, but not one of Crux’s very best. Ah well, just blame it on me – had a bad day :) .

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Financial Times 14,203 by Bradman

Posted by Pete Maclean on 17th January 2013

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 5, 2012

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