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Archive for April, 2013

Independent 8278 / Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 26th April 2013

Bertandjoyce.

Another Friday Phi puzzle to blog – we’re not complaining!

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Guardian Cryptic N° 25,932 by Orlando

Posted by PeterO on 26th April 2013

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.guardian.co.uk/crosswords/cryptic/25932.

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Guardian 25,931 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 25th April 2013

Eileen.

I think this is one of the easiest Paul puzzles I’ve solved – but no less enjoyable for that –  and, after yesterday, that’s perhaps a bit of a relief. Clues such as 20ac, 22ac, 25ac, 4dn, 18dn – and also 8,24ac –  give strong hints as to the authorship and provide a few smiles / sniggers. There are, as always, some inventive anagram and insertion indicators, ingenious constructions and witty surfaces. Many thanks, Paul!

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Financial Times no.14,296 by Dogberry

Posted by Ringo on 25th April 2013

Ringo.

I’m seldom at my best when I have to call on my scanty reserves of French to complete a crossword, and Dogberry made me do it not once but twice this morning. Still, I muddled through, and in the end I found this very enjoyable, with a handful of lovely charades and Russian dolls and, at 26dn, even a spot of smut to round things off. Thanks, Dogberry.

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Independent 8,277 / Crosophile

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 25th April 2013

RatkojaRiku.

I did a double-take when I spotted that Crosophile had set today’s puzzle, since I have previously seen his (?) work on Wednesdays only.

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Financial Times 14,287 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 25th April 2013

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/April 15

Nothing too tricky in this typical Dante crossword.

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Financial Times 14,286 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on 25th April 2013

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of April 13, 2013

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Financial Times 14,295 by Monk

Posted by PeeDee on 24th April 2013

PeeDee.

An easier than usual puzzle from Monk, he has taken pity on us this week.  Having said that there is still one I cannot explain, so any help appreciated.  Enjoyable to solve as always, thank you Monk.

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Guardian 25,930 – Enigmatist

Posted by Andrew on 24th April 2013

Andrew.

It’s been quite a while since we saw Enigmatist on a weekday — not since 5 July last year in fact — and as always I was a little apprehensive when I saw his name. I got a few answers quickly and thought this might be one of his gentler efforts, but slowed down rather towards the end. There are a couple of clues I can’t fully parse, and I have a query about the answer given in the online version for 24a. In the interests of getting the blog published I will now hand over to m’learned friends in the comments.

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Independent 8276 / Dac

Posted by duncanshiell on 24th April 2013

duncanshiell.

Dac puzzles are always a joy for a blogger.  The clues are excellent and the wordplay is 99% crystal clear.

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Inquisitor 1277: The Long View by Wickball

Posted by duncanshiell on 24th April 2013

duncanshiell.

This week’s Inquisitor has a new setter – Wickball.  Welcome Sir [or Madam]

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Financial Times 14294 Gaff

Posted by scchua on 23rd April 2013

scchua.

This was trickier than the usual Tuesday FT.  So much so that I had to get help from a better solver than I, to complete it, which partly accounts for the slightly later blog.  There is a 9across of proper or potentially proper names and some chess references, but if there’s a ghost theme it’s gone over my head.  Thanks Gaff.  I enjoyed solving, and writing the blog too.  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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Independent 8275/Scorpion

Posted by John on 23rd April 2013

John.

The theme that Scorpion has used here worried me a bit at first because I felt my knowledge of these things generally was a bit thin, but it soon became clear that all the thematic answers were linked. (Have I written enough for the details not to show? I think so.)

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Guardian 25,929 by Pasquale

Posted by Uncle Yap on 23rd April 2013

Uncle Yap.

I cannot say I enjoyed this too much today and I am not grumpy. (Why do some people say I am grumpy whenever I point out something I do not like very much?) There are far too many homophone clues and I have found both here and at TFTTimes blog that pronunciation differ throughout the English-speaking world (e.g. last week’s wee jars and wee gees) Occasionally, homophone may make for a clever device but it can be overdone, like today
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Guardian 25,928 – Chifonie

Posted by manehi on 22nd April 2013

manehi.

Enjoyable and not too difficult. Favourite clues were 18a, 21a and 11d.

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