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Independent 6506/Monk — Nina!

Posted on Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

The football theme stands out from the clues if not the grid entries, only 9a is a footballing term. I thought that was it then I noticed the letters in the first and final columns: NINA NINA NINA NINA. Is there even more hidden that I’m not seeing? The grid blocking show rugby posts rather […]

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Guardian 24104/Puck – Nina

Posted on Friday, June 15th, 2007

Maybe it’s jet-lag but I found it pretty hard to get into this puzzle. I wonder whether the NINA in the first column of unches is intentional or just my feverish jet-lagged brain. The threefold set of clues at 13, 16, 24 is a bit confusing – perhaps due to an online glitch with highlighting […]

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Independent 8,792 by Crosophile

Posted on Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Initially I felt ill-disposed towards this, because of my obsession (some would call it a hang-up) with less than 50% checking, something that appears several times in the grid. But actually this is a perfectly pleasant crossword with some nice clues. The inadequate (in my opinion) checking is sometimes excusable if there is a Nina […]

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Independent 8,789 by Morph

Posted on Monday, December 15th, 2014

A nice Monday morning workout from Morph to cheer a chilly day.

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Independent 8781 / Phi

Posted on Friday, December 5th, 2014

Another Phiday! We found this a bit trickier than usual, but none the worse for that. As usual, great clueing and a good mix of clue types.

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Guardian 26,433 by Imogen

Posted on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Well I’m back from a land down under and first up is Imogen, not really the name you want whilst jet lagged.

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Independent 9,778 by Radian

Posted on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Three checked letters in a seven-letter answer is bad enough; two in a five-letter answer is even worse. Unless, some say, Radian has been constrained by a Nina and has been forced to use answers of this type. If he has (and of course I can’t see it) then perhaps this is justified. And anyway it’s […]

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Independent 8,775 / Phi

Posted on Friday, November 28th, 2014

It was no surprise to discover Phi’s latest offering on what is Phi-day after all.

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Independent 8769 / Phi

Posted on Friday, November 21st, 2014

I started at the end with 25dn and worked backwards through the clues, making steady progress and with the empty lights only just reaching double figures by the time I got to 1ac.

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Independent 8,763 by Phi

Posted on Friday, November 14th, 2014

The usual pleasant crossword from Phi, as always I find a bit slow to begin with but eventually all quite smooth. There seem to be lots of anagrams and part-anagrams here, which make it easier for the solver, and some of them are very obviously anagrams (as in 26ac). The two words 3dn and 14dn are a […]

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Independent 8757 / Phi

Posted on Friday, November 7th, 2014

It’s back to normal this Phiday, and another excellent puzzle with a good mix of fairly straightforward clues and some which caused a bit of head-scratching.

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Independent 8,754 by Radian

Posted on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

One of Radian’s best.  I enjoyed this, just the right level of difficulty for me. There was enough to make you think a bit, but the setter loses gracefully, and does so without any lingering feeling of irritation at not being quite able to see how something worked: everything seems sound and of a good standard.  […]

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Independent 8,753 by Eimi

Posted on Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Now we are Eight. Nice to see the editor for a change and a generally easyish puzzle to brighten an otherwise drab, damp and generally grotty day here in Suffolk.  

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Independent on Sunday 1,288 by Raich

Posted on Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

A straightforward and enjoyable puzzle from Raich.

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S & B York – puzzle by Dalibor

Posted on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Dalibor gave us a different kind of cryptic, one more closely related to barred puzzles. Anyone still wanting to tackle this puzzle can find it here:   Dalibor @ York.   So don’t read any further  if this is the case.

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