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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 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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Independent 8,655 / Phi

Posted on Friday, July 11th, 2014

It wouldn’t be Friday without Phi, would it?! I found this tougher than the average Phi puzzle and made fairly slow progress through the whole grid. The SE corner proved to be the most stubborn overall, although 26 was the last one in – it turned out that I had the right answer but just […]

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Financial Times 14,669 by MONK

Posted on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

A relatively accessible puzzle for Monk which I made hard for myself by entering in a couple of wrong answers.

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Independent 8651/Kairos

Posted on Monday, July 7th, 2014

I usually recommend the Monday Indy to anyone who’s getting into the Dark Arts, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this one.  If I hadn’t been blogging this, I might have given up and come here for help; but since I’m the one who’s supposed to be giving help, I kept going and have – I […]

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Guardian Cryptic No. 26,305 by Brendan

Posted on Monday, July 7th, 2014

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26305.

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Independent 8644 by Nestor (Saturday Prize Puzzle 28 Jun 2014)

Posted on Saturday, July 5th, 2014

A bit of a last minute rush with this, and apologies for maybe not doing it justice. I did the parsing below earlier in the week, but am now in the depths of Swaledale in North Yorkshire for t’Grand Depart of le tour d’Yorkshire…will there be any Tour-themed puzzles over the weekend?…and only just 25A-ing to finishing […]

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Independent 8,648 by Monk

Posted on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

This is getting silly. Monk is a mathematician and so is no doubt well aware of the probabilities, but his last four Independent crosswords have all been blogged by me. How likely was that? He’s probably getting rather tired of this, but I’m not, for his crosswords are always good. Tough, though, especially this one, […]

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