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Independent 8252 / Crosophile

Posted by duncanshiell on 27th March 2013

duncanshiell.

Most Independent bloggers cycle through Friday, Thursday, Wednesday and Tuesday.  Crosophile seems to be on a monthly cycle on the last Wednesday of the month.  So if there are 4 weeks in the month, the Wednesday blogger will get Crosophile twice in successive months.  That’s a long way tound of saying this is my second Crosophile puzzle in successive months, but I’m not complaining.

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Guardian 25,906 – Orlando

Posted by Andrew on 27th March 2013

Andrew.

Mostly following the easy trend of the week so far, though a couple of place names may be unfamiliar to some, but as always with Orlando a quality puzzle with immaculate clueing and quiet wit.

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Inquisitor 1273: Manoeuvres by Nutmeg

Posted by duncanshiell on 27th March 2013

duncanshiell.

Nutmeg is a fairly regular contributor to the Inquisitor series and always makes the solver think

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Independent 8251/Raich

Posted by John on 26th March 2013

John.

A pleasant solve from Raich. As always one or two of the clues were very simple, which is no bad thing, but a few were a little tricky. I think I have it all explained but no doubt someone will put me right if not.

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Financial Times 14271 Armonie

Posted by scchua on 26th March 2013

scchua.

An enjoyable puzzle from Armonie, with some nice surfaces.  Thanks to Armonie.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle.]]

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Guardian 25,905 – Chifonie

Posted by Uncle Yap on 26th March 2013

Uncle Yap.

I do hope new solvers will not get discouraged when a puzzle is described as “easy” which is a relative term. When I first started out doing cryptic crosswords as a student in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (talk of misspent youth :-) , I could not finish the daily puzzle until my third year and found every puzzle difficult. However, I persevered and here I am.

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Guardian 25,904 / Rufus

Posted by Gaufrid on 25th March 2013

Gaufrid.

The scheduled blogger appears to have been unable to post today so here is a parsing of the clues. I cannot comment on the puzzle as I didn’t solve it but merely analysed the clues and published solution.

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Independent 8250 by Donk

Posted by flashling on 25th March 2013

flashling.

A rather rude awakening here from Donk in places, I found this rather tricky and can’t explain 17ac.
Seems ages since I last wrote a blog here, with Uncle Yap kindly taking over for me whilst I was indisposed.

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Guardian Quiptic N° 697 by Orlando

Posted by PeterO on 25th March 2013

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.guardian.co.uk/crosswords/quiptic/697.

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Independent on Sunday 1,204 – Alchemi

Posted by Ali on 24th March 2013

Ali.

My second outing with an Alechemi puzzle, but this was just as good as the first. I raced through this one pretty quickly, but that was largely due to the neat clueing which meant there was no doubt about the answers. I particularly enjoyed 1A and 21D.

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Azed No 2128

Posted by bridgesong on 24th March 2013

bridgesong.

A reasonably straightforward plain puzzle this week, but I do have a couple of quibbles about the cluing, and one where I may not have understood the wordplay at all, so suggestions are as always very welcome. Some relatively easy clues, especially towards the bottom of the grid.  Thanks to Richard Heald for his corrections. Read the rest of this entry »

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Everyman 3467/17 March

Posted by Pierre on 24th March 2013

Pierre.

Another well-constructed crossword in the Everyman style with plenty of variety in the clueing.  Just one new meaning of a word for me this morning.

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Independent 8,243 by Anax (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 16/03/13)

Posted by Simon Harris on 23rd March 2013

Simon Harris.

A year or two ago I seemed to draw an Anax every time it was my turn to blog a Saturday Indy. Like female flatmates, it seemed that our cycles had synchronised. Strangely, though, it seems to have been some time since our last tangle, so I was up for the challenge.

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Guardian Prize Crossword No 25,897 by Enigmatist

Posted by bridgesong on 23rd March 2013

bridgesong.

As might be expected from a puzzle set by Enigmatist , this proved to be a challenge  and although I did eventually manage to solve it on the day of publication, it took some days before I could completely explain all my answers.  Some answers did require knowledge of sport or popular music, but I don’t think that’s unreasonable.  There were some unfamiliar words (to me, anyway) and overall the standard of the clues was very high, with some excellent surfaces. Read the rest of this entry »

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1060: Change of Title by Oxymoron

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 23rd March 2013

mc_rapper67.

An intriguing preamble: As ‘instructed’ by the grid, solvers must make a choice in the case of eleven clashes; and a further ten clues omit a letter in the subsidiary indications – these letters, in normal reading order, ‘setting the scene’…

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