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Archive for February, 2013

AZED No. 2,123 ‘Misprints’

Posted by The Trafites on 17th February 2013

The Trafites.

Nick:  A very tough ‘Misprints’ puzzle, I thought – it took me about 7 hours of solving.

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Everyman No. 3462 (10th February)

Posted by The Trafites on 17th February 2013

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning to you all.

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Independent 8,213 by Monk (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 09/02/13)

Posted by Simon Harris on 16th February 2013

Simon Harris.

Thinking back, I’m not certain that I’ve ever actually managed to finish off a Monk puzzle, so no surprises that this was a bit of a slog. I can’t add much other than, well, it’s a good job there’s an online version with the answers.

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Guardian Prize Puzzle 25,867 by Bonxie

Posted by PeeDee on 16th February 2013

PeeDee.

A very fine puzzle indeed from Bonxie, and not easy at all.

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Enigmatic Variations No.1055 – Hot Water by Jacques

Posted by Mister Sting on 16th February 2013

Mister Sting.

When I was solving this puzzle, I wasn’t sure whether it was my turn to blog or not. I was happy to find out that it was, since I found it a lovely diversion: a pleasant decoration of time, as I think someone* said of music.

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Financial Times 14,238 by Gaff

Posted by Jed on 15th February 2013

Jed.

Themed puzzle which is not fully explained – I need help please to provide a full explanation and as to why today is key

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Guardian 25,872 – Arachne

Posted by Andrew on 15th February 2013

Andrew.

Well, you can’t go wrong with Arachne, as shown by her Quiptic on Monday this week, and now this cryptic. I got a few answers very quickly, and thought it was going to follow the generally easier-than-usual style of the week, but found myself getting more entangled in the sticky threads of the web as i went along, with the top left and bottom right corners giving me some trouble to finish off (these corners are a bit isolated in this grid, which doesn’t help). Altogether a good challenge, and very enjoyable – thanks Arachne.

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Independent 8218 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on 15th February 2013

duncanshiell.

This didn’t strike me as a standard Phi puzzle today.

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Independent 8217/Eimi

Posted by John on 14th February 2013

John.

There I was when I found a word repeated in the answers thinking that Eimi had been a bit repetitive, and quite failing to realise that today has a special meaning (although, to be an old curmudgeon, it has only recently become what it is today, an attempt by traders to sell more of their wares).

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Financial Times 14,237 by Bradman

Posted by Jed on 14th February 2013

Jed.

Clever, witty and enjoyable

 

 

 

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Guardian 25,871 – Boatman

Posted by manehi on 14th February 2013

manehi.

A Valentine’s crossword with a few well-worked mini-themes and lots of clever cluing – I particularly liked 13ac, 20ac/16dn, 25ac and 5dn/22dn. Groaned aloud at 19dn. Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 14,228 – Crux

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 14th February 2013

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Feb 4

A very satisfying crossword by Crux who is one of my favourite setters at the easier end of the FT’s spectrum (but only when he keeps the number of cds to a minimum – as he did today).  It’s all very fair what’s happening here, and perhaps therefore – for once – I didn’t feel the need to make any additional comments.  Many thanks to Crux for the enjoyment!

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Financial Times 14,227 by Cinephile

Posted by Pete Maclean on 14th February 2013

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of February 2nd, 2013

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Financial Times 14,236 by Aardvark

Posted by PeeDee on 13th February 2013

PeeDee.

With Aardvark I find getting the solutions easy but the explanations why more difficult.

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Independent 8216 / Dac

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 13th February 2013

Bertandjoyce.

An enjoyable puzzle as expected from Dac. Lovely surface readings and some clever misdirections.

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