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Archive for February, 2013

Guardian 25,883 / Araucaria

Posted by Eileen on 28th February 2013

Eileen.

A real tour de force from Araucaria – one of those puzzles that make your heart sink, when you see so many clues depending on others, especially 10 and 14.

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Financial Times no.14,249 by Orense

Posted by Ringo on 28th February 2013

Ringo.

Not a toughie, but a goodie: plenty of variety and invention here from Orense, though perhaps one too many hidden solutions. A nice accompaniment to my morning coffee (and what a splendidly sunny morning it is). Thanks, Orense.

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Independent 8,229 / Anax

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 28th February 2013

RatkojaRiku.

An opportunity to blog an Anax puzzle is a rare and somewhat daunting treat, which I approached with a blend of excitement and trepidation this morning.

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Financial Times 14,240 – Armonie

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 28th February 2013

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Feb 18

Just like puzzles by Dante/Rufus or Falcon/Everyman, Armonie/Chifonie’s crosswords are regarded by many as nearly perfect for those new to Our World of Magic. In my opinion, Armonie is a setter who is a master in using a minimum of devices to a maximum effect. Smooth surfaces, simple constructions, no cryptic definitions. This crossword is once more a good example of that. Enjoyable stuff, for which many thanks to Armonie.

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Financial Times 14,239 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 28th February 2013

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of February 16, 2013

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Guardian 25,882 – Orlando

Posted by Andrew on 27th February 2013

Andrew.

A typically well-crafted and entertaining puzzle from Orlando, where the wit is often concealed under a mask of modest understatement.

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Financial Times 14,248 by Dogberry

Posted by PeeDee on 27th February 2013

PeeDee.

It is a lovely sunny morning here, I sat outside for the first time this year and this crossword was a perfect accompaniment to my cup of tea and a pancake.  Smooth surfaces and interesting clues.  I suspect this might disappoint anyone looking for a real challenge, but this morning it fit the bill for me perfectly.  Thank you Dogberry. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 8228 / Crosophile

Posted by duncanshiell on 27th February 2013

duncanshiell.

I found this to be a puzzle of two halves today.

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Inquisitor 1269: Work in Progress by Gila

Posted by duncanshiell on 27th February 2013

duncanshiell.

This is Gila’s second appearance as an Inquisitor setter.  His first puzzle was number 1240 ‘Solve for X and Y’ which I was also lucky enough to blog.

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Independent 8227/Raich

Posted by John on 26th February 2013

John.

What a relief for a blogger it is to find that it is a Raich day, although last time he appeared he was harder than usual. This was back to Raich as he was when he first appeared — many of these were very easy — simple anagrams and nothing very complicated in the wordplay, but all perfectly sound and pleasant.

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Financial Times 14247 Aldhelm

Posted by scchua on 26th February 2013

scchua.

A new setter/pseudonym with an impressive debut.  Nice surfaces and misdirections.  I was stumped for an explanation to the answer to 10across, and had to call for help from some good friends (grateful thanks to them).  Also, thank you Aldhelm, whose namesake was the 7th century Bishop of Sherbourne, also poet and scholar, so I wonder what the connection is.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle.]]

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Guardian 25,881 – Paul

Posted by Uncle Yap on 26th February 2013

Uncle Yap.

Blogging Paul is always a special treat and today with very many different kinds of goodies. Alas, I never had a sweet tooth and would always dole out the chestnut “No thank you, I am sweet enough” when offered dessert. But it was kind of interesting to see the creativity that went into making and naming the sweets. Do enjoy Paul’s offering but remember to gargle afterwards. I still have 90% of all my teeth. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 25,880 – Rufus

Posted by manehi on 25th February 2013

manehi.

Much as usual for a Monday Rufus. I did like the trio of linked double defs at 8ac, 1dn, 11dn.

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Independent 8226 by Jambazi

Posted by NealH on 25th February 2013

NealH.

* = anag
< = reversed
[] = letters removed

There was a Quentin Tarantino theme to this puzzle, although no knowledge of the films was required. I found it fairly tough, with some unfamiliar words making progress difficult.

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Guardian Quiptic N° 693 by Hectence

Posted by PeterO on 25th February 2013

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.guardian.co.uk/crosswords/quiptic/693 or http://www.guardian.co.uk/crosswords/quiptic/693/print.

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