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Archive for February, 2013

Financial Times 14,233 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on 21st February 2013

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of February 9, 2013

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Puzzle/Clue of the Month

Posted by Admin on 20th February 2013

Admin.

Due to the  limited response to the requests for nominations at the end of last month, John Halpern has decided that his time is better spent with other aspects of his Crossword Centenary activities. Consequently, no further nominations will be required.

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Financial Times 14,242 by Monk

Posted by PeeDee on 20th February 2013

PeeDee.

A tough and very enjoyable puzzle from Monk, as always.

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Independent 8222/Dac

Posted by John on 20th February 2013

John.

Sorry this is a bit late, at any rate later than it would have been. The online crossword when I switched on around 9.00 was yesterday’s Tees, so I had to go out and buy a paper. I hope this isn’t to become the norm, for I see that the Indy has risen in price since I last bought it. (The right crossword’s there now, so I hope potential posters won’t be deterred.)

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Guardian Cryptic N° 25,876 by Philistine

Posted by PeterO on 20th February 2013

PeterO.

The crossword may be found at http://www.guardian.co.uk/crosswords/cryptic/25876 or http://www.guardian.co.uk/crosswords/cryptic/25876/print.

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Inquisitor 1268: Ply by Schadenfreude

Posted by HolyGhost on 20th February 2013

HolyGhost.

A welcome return to Schadenfreude – you kinda know what you’re getting.
 
The rubric is clear: ten answers, having something in common, are encrypted using a 26-letter phrase, the nth letter of which replaces the nth letter of the alphabet.

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Independent 8221 / Tees

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 19th February 2013

Bertandjoyce.

Tees has adopted a very topical theme for this enjoyable puzzle. It took us a little longer than we might have expected to tumble to the theme – probably due to our tendency to start with the across clues – but 6D fell into place fairly early on, and from there on it was fun fitting the various references into the grid. We particularly liked 1A/15D but our COD is probably 24A.

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Financial Times 14241 Gurney

Posted by scchua on 19th February 2013

scchua.

Quite a straightforward puzzle, so thanks to setter Gurney (a 15sq. blogger in addition).  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle.]]

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Guardian 25,875 – Tramp

Posted by Uncle Yap on 19th February 2013

Uncle Yap.

A most pleasant romp this morning through some fairly challenging clues; some of which with definitions that are as mysterious as the cryptic part of the clues. Tramp has obviously taken great pain to ensure the definitions and the elements make for some very smooth surface reading. Thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian Quiptic 692/Nutmeg

Posted by Pierre on 18th February 2013

Pierre.

A challenging puzzle for a Quiptic today in my opinion.  Some remote synonyms, unusual definitions, and a surfeit of insertion type clues.

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Independent 8220/Quixote

Posted by Pierre on 18th February 2013

Pierre.

I suspect Quixote might have had a double dose of Weetabix for his breakfast before setting this one.  I found it a good deal more difficult than his usual Monday puzzle.

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Guardian Cryptic 25874 Rufus

Posted by scchua on 18th February 2013

scchua.

A Rufus with, I thought, a more than usual share of anagrams, cds and dds, so it might win even fewer friends.  There are some nice surfaces and misdirections, though.  Thanks Rufus.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle.  Please enclose any comments on them in double brackets.  Thank you.]]

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Cyclops 488: Beware supporter wilt! (see 3/22)

Posted by jetdoc on 18th February 2013

jetdoc.

I think there was some fairly tricky wordplay in this Cyclops — it took me a bit longer than usual. Was that just me, or do others agree? Read the rest of this entry »

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Beelzebub 1,197

Posted by Simon Harris on 17th February 2013

Simon Harris.

A medium-paced Beelzebub this week, I thought. Not too hard and not too easy, but with plenty to enjoy.

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Independent on Sunday 1,199 by Alchemi

Posted by Simon Harris on 17th February 2013

Simon Harris.

This seems to be the first occasion on which I’ve blogged an Alchemi puzzle. I must admit I found it fairly challenging, requiring a few sittings thoughout the week. The explanation for 3dn still escapes me.

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