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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 8,691 by Phi

Posted on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Phi’s usual excellent offering. Most of these clues can be simply parsed, although they were not all that simple to get in the first place. The radio this morning said that it was Debussy’s birthday, and knowing Phi’s musical leanings I half expected some reference to this, but I can see none. The checkers at […]

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Independent 8685 / Phi

Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2014

Thanks Phi for our usual Phi-day phun!    

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Independent 8,681 by Punk

Posted on Monday, August 11th, 2014

Punk today with a fairly gentle, I thought, start to the week.

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Independent 8674 by Nestor (Saturday Prize Puzzle 2 Aug 2014)

Posted on Saturday, August 9th, 2014

A second Nestor in a row for me, in the 5-weekly blogging cycle, and another pleasant solve with some interesting surface readings…

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Financial Times 14,695 by GOLIATH

Posted on Friday, August 8th, 2014

An excellent puzzle from Goliath to get my Friday started. Unfortunately for me, it wasnt easy going and so the solving process (in brief spurts) extended well into the afternoon. This was a nice meaty challenge and now gives me a Turkey with regards to quality challenges over the past three weeks.

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Independent 8,679 / Phi

Posted on Friday, August 8th, 2014

It’s Friday today, so it’s almost guaranteed to be a Phi-day!

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Independent 8669/Scorpion

Posted on Monday, July 28th, 2014

Flipping heck, I only put my hand up to blog the Monday Indy on the grounds that it was ‘easy’.

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Independent 8,667 by Phi

Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2014

As always, a neat and pleasant crossword from Phi, with not a superfluous word so far as I can see (except perhaps in 4dn). I can’t quite see 16dn, but no doubt there will be plenty of suggestions. Yesterday’s plea for fewer Ninas and more vanilla crosswords seems to have been answered very quickly. But […]

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Guardian 26,321 – Tramp

Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2014

It’s always a pleasure to see Tramp’s name on a puzzle, but I was worried when I found it took me a while to make any progress. Fortunately I managed it in the end, albeit at a rather slow pace.

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Guardian Cryptic 26320 Puck

Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2014

(Please click here for this same blog but with a picture quiz added. Please do NOT post hereinbelow any comment relating to the picture quiz. Thank you.)   There’s a nina in the grid, which helped me in solving the last couple of ones in. Thanks to Puck. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Independent 8,663 by Crosophile

Posted on Monday, July 21st, 2014

So it’s Crosophile to start our week here, he has a history of including extra treats in the grid but at first sight there appears to be no Nina…

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Independent 8656 (Sat 12-Jul 2014) eXternal

Posted on Saturday, July 19th, 2014

It’s about a year since eXternal and I first crossed swords over a pencil and a pint, and since then I try to have a go the puzzle when I hear it’s been set by “the X”.  Particularly when he is in the Sunday slot where the clues are slightly on the easy side – not […]

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Independent 8,658 by Phi

Posted on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

When I saw that Phi was appearing on a Tuesday I expected a crossword in his slightly harder mode than usual, which we sometimes see in other places. But no, it seems his regular Friday crossword has simply been shunted to Tuesday. Why this has happened is anyone’s guess. I won’t even think about what it might […]

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