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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 8,583 / Phi

Posted on Friday, April 18th, 2014

Our Indy Good Friday crossword challenge this morning has been provided by Phi.

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Independent 8,573 by Kairos

Posted on Monday, April 7th, 2014

Nice mostly gentle run out from Kairos today.

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Independent 8,562 by Crosophile

Posted on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

I wonder what’s lined up for tomorrow, since the Crosophile puzzle which would normally appear on the last Wednesday of the month is a day early. No point in trying to guess, since it’s probably a significant anniversary of some football club or of the formation of some group. Nothing to get very excited about […]

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Independent 8,559 / Phi

Posted on Friday, March 21st, 2014

It wouldn’t be Friday without Phi, would it?! I found this one trickier than the average Phi and, indeed, I would not have finished it without searching for the last two entries – 1A and 13 – in Chambers. That said, if I had persevered with the wordplay, I could feasibly have found both (unfamiliar) […]

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Independent on Sunday 1,255 by Kairos

Posted on Sunday, March 16th, 2014

It’s very rare that I draw a Kairos to blog, so it was hard to know what to expect.

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Guardian Prize Puzzle 26,202 by Paul

Posted on Saturday, March 15th, 2014

No themes, ninas, pangrams, special instructions or other funny stuff — just a straightforward down-to-earth cryptic.  Thanks Paul, I enjoyed this.

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Independent 8553 / Phi

Posted on Friday, March 14th, 2014

I knew all but one of the words and phrases in today’s puzzle b y Phi

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Independent 8,547 by Phi

Posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014

The usual pleasant and sound crossword from Phi. I can’t see that there is anything really to ask questions about, which suggests to me that there will be few comments, since everything seems to have been understood. The last time I blogged someone suggested that I described the Nina at the end of the clues, not here, so […]

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Independent 8541 – Phi

Posted on Friday, February 28th, 2014

We cannot believe that four weeks have passed by and we are blogging a Phi puzzle again. Not that we are complaining ……

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Independent 8539 / Crosophile

Posted on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

It’s the last Wednesday of the month, so it’s a Crosophile puzzle.

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Independent 8,538 by Alchemi

Posted on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Today’s offering from Alchemi is a very pleasant, not too difficult but perfectly challenging, crossword. There are one or two places where pedants would grumble, but few, and I think all is well (apart possibly from 25ac, although no doubt someone will point out a perfectly sensible way in which ‘setting’ is an anagram indicator).

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Independent 8,537 by Raich

Posted on Monday, February 24th, 2014

Welcome return from 15sq Old Boy Raich.  

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Financial Times 14,550 by Redshank

Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

In general the clues were pretty clear and obvious – after I had solved them.  Before solving they were anything but.  This is my definition of a good cryptic.

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