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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 8,880 / Dac

Posted on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Today brings the start of a new month and my monthly encounter with Dac.

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Independent 8,878 by eXternal

Posted on Monday, March 30th, 2015

eXternal, one of the Indy’s young breed of setters today.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 543 Campaign Phobia

Posted on Monday, March 30th, 2015

Cyclops reminds us that we mustn’t believe anything we hear from politicians over the next 6 weeks.

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Independent 8876 / Phi

Posted on Friday, March 27th, 2015

Phi-day again and, despite some unusual words, we found this an enjoyable and fairly straightforward challenge.

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Independent 8,870 / Phi

Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2015

Today brought me my regular monthly lexical tussle with Phi.

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Guardian 26,521 by Brummie

Posted on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

The puzzle may be found athttp://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26521.

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Independent 8864 / Phi

Posted on Friday, March 13th, 2015

Phi has given us an entertaining puzzle to end the working week

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Independent 8853 by Alchemi (Saturday Prize Puzzle 28 February 2015)

Posted on Saturday, March 7th, 2015

A pleasant, if gentle, workout from Alchemi – no particular theme or Nina that I could see, but some symmetrically placed (10, 4), (4, 10) connected pairs of clues, and a couple of ‘curved ball’ references, one familiar to me, the other not…

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Independent 8,858 by Phi

Posted on Friday, March 6th, 2015

The usual from Phi: a very pleasant and sound crossword that maintains the high standard. And as usual I am a bit lost on one or two, but these will I’m sure be explained. As I say below, I had thought there might be an astronomical theme, but failing that, and this theory does I think fail, I can’t see anything […]

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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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