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Archive for January, 2013

Financial Times 14,212 by IO

Posted by PeeDee on 16th January 2013

PeeDee.

Quite tricky but with a couple of easy starters to get me going, thanks IO.

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Independent 8192 / Dac

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 16th January 2013

Bertandjoyce.

We took a while to get started on this one and also a while to finish it! Thankfully there were a few easy clues like 11/13 which at least gave us some crossing letters!

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Guardian Cryptic N° 25,846 by Paul

Posted by PeterO on 16th January 2013

PeterO.

The crossword may be found at http://www.guardian.co.uk/crosswords/cryptic/25846 for as long as it is archived.

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Inquisitor 1263: Brain Transplant by Samuel

Posted by kenmac on 16th January 2013

kenmac.

Preamble: Across and down answers clash in 10 cells. Read from left to right, these give a case of mistaken identity, which must be resolved in favour of the correct identity, the mistaken one being discarded. One clued entry gives leading information. Eight across and twelve down clues contain a superfluous letter or word to be removed before solving. Across removals give the title of the thematic work; down removals give the creators of two highlighted literary examples of similarly correct identities.

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Independent 8,191 / Donk

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 15th January 2013

RatkojaRiku.

This is my first encounter with Donk as a blogger and only my second or third with him as a solver, although I may well have caught sight of him recently on the fringes of a crossword event.

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Financial Times 14211 Armonie

Posted by scchua on 15th January 2013

scchua.

A very slightly harder Armonie today, but good.  Thanks Armonie.  I noted the number of repeated words in the clues: “beer”(1a/12a), “girl”(14a/21a), “speed”(11a/22a), “knight”(2d/4d), “number”(7d/8d), “nothing”(11a/28a), and wondered if it was deliberate?  If so, I can’t see the significance of it, though.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The pictures at the bottom share 2 unidentified links to the puzzle.]]

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Guardian 25,845 – Bonxie

Posted by Uncle Yap on 15th January 2013

Uncle Yap.

Quite a smart work-out this morning but having some problems parsing a couple of clues. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 8190 by Punk

Posted by Jed on 14th January 2013

Jed.

Challenging and really entertaining – need help explaining 26 across

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Guardian 25,844 / Chifonie

Posted by Eileen on 14th January 2013

Eileen.

It’s Chifonie, rather than Rufus, who’s providing today’s customary ‘gentle start’ to the week, with plenty of anagrams and charades but no cryptic definitions, as far as I can see  – and a mini-mini-theme of drink-makers! Beautifully smooth surfaces throughout. Thank you, Chifonie, for a quick but pleasant solve.

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Guardian Quiptic 687 Hectence

Posted by scchua on 14th January 2013

scchua.

A typical Quiptic puzzle by Hectence, none too taxing.  Thank you Hectence.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The 4 pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle.]]

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Independent on Sunday 1194/Poins

Posted by Pierre on 13th January 2013

Pierre.

I thought this was a lovely Sunday puzzle from Poins – not too fiendish, in the IoS style, but plenty of nice misdirection and some smiley moments.  I have only one tiny niggle.  So small, in fact, that it is a nanoniggle.

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Everyman N° 3,457 (6 January 2013)

Posted by PeterO on 13th January 2013

PeterO.

Everyman’s usual mix of fine clues, with nothing that I saw as too obscure or difficult. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 2118

Posted by Andrew on 13th January 2013

Andrew.

Another moderately easy Azed to start the new year, where I was helped by getting the long answer at 1d. Unusually I have a couple of nitpicks (15a and 21d) but apart from that it’s the usual high-quality stuff.

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Independent 8,183 by Tyrus (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 05/01/13)

Posted by Simon Harris on 12th January 2013

Simon Harris.

It’s the first Saturday prize puzzle of 2013, and it looks like we’re in trouble!

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Guardian Prize 25,837 / Araucaria

Posted by Eileen on 12th January 2013

Eileen.

I have blogged some pretty difficult Araucaria puzzles – and this one, as it happens, was not one of them – but this preamble, I think, must be the most difficult I’ve had to write and it has gone through a number of redrafts during the week, while I’ve been waiting for some mention of the elephant in the room, which only emerged here on Friday morning.

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