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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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Financial Times 14,861 by Wanderer

Posted on Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of February 21, 2015

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Independent 8852 / Phi

Posted on Friday, February 27th, 2015

Well, it’s Phiday again, and he seems to be getting tougher these days. Last week’s offering seemed more tricky than usual, and this one also took us longer than expected.

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Financial Times 14,864 by MONK

Posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

A middle-difficulty puzzle from Monk, clues are absolutely watertight as usual.  Thanks Monk for another top-quality puzzle.

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Independent 8,846 / Phi

Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015

As expected, today saw my monthly tussle with Phi. I found this one quite tough, not least, I feel, because of the high frequency of 4-letter entries. I solved clues steadily but didn’t really feel that I was breaking the back of the puzzle until towards the very end of the solve. In the end, […]

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Guardian 26,497 / Brendan

Posted on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

It’s very good to see a Brendan puzzle again, relatively soon after his welcome return.

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Guardian Prize 26,489 by Imogen

Posted on Saturday, February 14th, 2015

I found this quite difficult, and for a while a bit frustrating.

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Independent 8,839 by Monk

Posted on Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Rather a difficult Monk today I thought, but as usual very enjoyable. There are one or two loose ends which, thanks to the wisdom of those reading this blog, should be tied up before the end of the day. And of course there’s the Nina, which I half saw and then forgot, to be reminded […]

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Independent 8,834 by Phi

Posted on Friday, February 6th, 2015

As I said when posting last week, I am always slow to begin Phi’s crosswords, but then everything becomes clear and you wonder why there were any difficulties, because it all fits together fine and one is left wondering what the problem ever was. Perhaps that’s the mark of a good setter. I have given up […]

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Independent 8831 / Radian

Posted on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Radian has provided a good crossword for the commuter today.  

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Independent 8823 by Klingsor (Saturday Prize Puzzle 24 January 2015)

Posted on Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Maybe not as challenging as some recent Saturday Prize Indy puzzles, but an enjoyable offering from Klingsor, with some nice surface readings…

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Financial Times 14,840 by MONK

Posted on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Another solid over from Monk, no loose balls at all.  Didn’t get me out this time though, and I even managed to find the nina.  Thanks Monk, great stuff.

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Independent 8826 / Quixote

Posted on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Quixote delivers well clued crosswords where the wordplay leaves you in little doubt whether your entry is correct or not.

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Independent 8,825 by Eimi

Posted on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

A pleasant crossword from Eimi. Of course there are references to football and pop music, but I was expecting those. If there is a Nina I can’t see it; it all seems quite straightforward. Definitions underlined where appropriate.

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