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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 8,896 by Bucko

Posted on Monday, April 20th, 2015

Bucko’s third outing in the Indy and first time for my shift.

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Independent 8,892 by Dac

Posted on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

The usual thing: every clue has a silky-smooth surface that never compromises the parsing. I thought this was on the hard side for a Dac and it took me some while to understand one or two, particularly 23ac, which I almost gave up on, but my parsing is I think what he intended, although perhaps […]

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Guardian 26,545 by Nutmeg

Posted on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

A bright sunny morning brings Nutmeg, who can be quite a tricksy setter to unravel.

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Independent 8890 by Monk

Posted on Monday, April 13th, 2015

*=anagram [] = removed e.g. char[m]=char ()=abbreviation e.g. A(mpere)=a Hom. = homophone

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Independent 8883 by Tees (Saturday Prize Puzzle 4 April 2015)

Posted on Saturday, April 11th, 2015

An interesting mental tussle with Tees – with a variety of cultural references, from a South African golfer to Dante, via the slopes of K2 and a couple of secret police forces…hopefully not giving anything away, these are all referenced in the clues…

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Independent 8,887 by Radian

Posted on Thursday, April 9th, 2015

A very nice Radian puzzle of I think a nice level of difficulty. I say ‘I think’ because I only have an impression, my actual time not meaning much. At the moment I have a strange pain in my right thumb when I try to write, which forces me to write left-handed, which is wonderful, like being a […]

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Independent 8886 – Dac

Posted on Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

After Dac’s impressive April 1st puzzle last week, it’s back to the smooth surfaces and straightforward clueing we have come to expect on a Wednesday.

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Independent 8,885 / Hieroglyph

Posted on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

The Tuesday slot this week is filled by Hieroglyph, whose puzzles I have hitherto had little experience of either solving or blogging.

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Independent 8,882 by Phi

Posted on Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Every Friday we have the same thing, a very satisfactory and pleasant crossword from Phi, with few if any points of controversy. Initially, when I saw the answer ‘raindrop’ I thought Phi was balancing out all those rock music Ninas we so often have, by having nicknames of pieces of music, possibly just by Chopin, but […]

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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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