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Archive for April, 2013

Independent 8274/Morph

Posted by Pierre on 22nd April 2013

Pierre.

After his offering on the day of the royal wedding in 2011, some folk had Morph inked in for a Thatcher tribute puzzle last Wednesday; but the editor seems to have resisted that temptation.  However, we haven’t had long to wait for another of his crosswords, and it was a fine one to start the Indy week.  Pretty tough, though, and there are a few where I need help with parsing.  But Fifteensquared folk being helpful types, I’m sure there will be plenty of volunteers.

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Guardian Quiptic N° 701 by Moley

Posted by PeterO on 22nd April 2013

PeterO.

The crossword may be found at http://www.guardian.co.uk/crosswords/quiptic/701.

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Independent on Sunday 1,208 – Nitsy

Posted by Ali on 21st April 2013

Ali.

A nice challenge from Nitsy, which took me a couple of sittings to finish. No queries with any of the answers though which is always a good sign. And special plaudits for the brilliant political anagram at 8D.

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Everyman 3471/14 April

Posted by Pierre on 21st April 2013

Pierre.

A puzzle in the usual Everyman style.  One or two weakish clues today, though, I thought.

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Azed 2132/mising

Posted by ilancaron on 21st April 2013

ilancaron.

A single unresolved wordplay and what appears to be a mistake by our friend Azed.  Difficulty about mid-range for Azed — not terribly easy but nonetheless solvable by mere mortals such as myself. See notes below for ALGEBRAic explanation — thanks to Andrew.

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Guardian Prize Puzzle No 25,921 by Araucaria

Posted by bridgesong on 20th April 2013

bridgesong.

There are two mini=themes in this puzzle, brought together at 20,21.  One is the Shakespearean quotation, and the other is the centenary of the crossword.  I solved this one on the plane to Venice, in which fine city I have composed this blog, and where I shall be until late Saturday afternoon.  Stupidly I forgot to bring a power lead for the laptop, so it’s likely to be out of action by Saturday .  I’ll do my best to respond to comments via my ipad, wi-fi permitting.  A wide range of clue types and difficulty levels, I thought. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 8237 (Sat 13-April 2013) Monk

Posted by beermagnet on 20th April 2013

beermagnet.

Here we are with Monk again and a very nice crossword that was fun to solve with the answers falling reasonably regularly, though I slowed to a halt at the last couple.  But here’s the thing: I see no Nina or theme.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1064: Upper Half by Shark

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 20th April 2013

mc_rapper67.

OK – I know when I’m beaten – I surrender! I’ll come out quietly with my hands up. A seemingly simple preamble, a reasonably quick grid fill, and then two-plus weeks staring at it trying to wheedle out the thematic denouément…with no moment of inspiration…yet. I am sure someone will put me out of my misery in the comments…please!

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Guardian 25,926 / Arachne

Posted by Eileen on 19th April 2013

Eileen.

What a treat to end a good week of crosswords! – a welcome return for Arachne, up to her usual witty wiles. The first two across clues were real ‘Won’t you come into my parlour?’ enticements. Thereafter, the solving [and parsing] got trickier, as we would expect, but it was sheer delight all the way, with several chortles as one by one the pennies dropped. As has been said before, it’s always worth going back, after teasing out Arachne’s ingenious constructions, to savour the clever, amusing and often topical surfaces.

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Beelzebub 1206

Posted by Jed on 19th April 2013

Jed.

Wonder how many other folk allow themselves this weekly treat

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Financial Times 14,291 by Falcon

Posted by Jed on 19th April 2013

Jed.

Straightforward and enjoyable – seems to lack definition in 4across

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Independent 8,272 / Phi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 19th April 2013

RatkojaRiku.

It is Friday today, Phi’s customary slot.

I worked quite steadily through this one and, on the strength of the tight wordplay, was able to complete the puzzle fairly quickly and unaided, just using Google to confirm 4. My favourite clues today were 11 for its cheeky surface reading and 21 for its combination of anagram and & lit.

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Financial Times no.14,290 by Gurney

Posted by Ringo on 18th April 2013

Ringo.

Good morning, all. A pleasant enough puzzle from Gurney today, although, for me, a surfeit of anagrams made it something of a plod. No problems, though, and one or two very nice clues – so thank-you, Gurney.

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Guardian 25,925 – Araucaria

Posted by Andrew on 18th April 2013

Andrew.

Araucaria keeps them coming (I’m glad to say – see also yesterday’s FT puzzle by his alter ego Cinephile if you haven’t already). I found this mostly quite straightforward, though with some clues where the answer was fairly obvious but the wordplay took some working out. The NW corner was the last to yield. (I’m typing this on a small laptop in a hotel room, so there may be (even) more typos than usual – apologies in advance if so.)

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Independent 8271 / Tyrus

Posted by duncanshiell on 18th April 2013

duncanshiell.

Tyrus is a setter more frequently seen in the Independent at weekends than during the week.  When he appears in the week, bloggers tend to say they found his puzzles difficult.  I’m going to keep up that tradiiton.

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