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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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S & B York – puzzle by Dalibor

Posted on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Dalibor gave us a different kind of cryptic, one more closely related to barred puzzles. Anyone still wanting to tackle this puzzle can find it here:   Dalibor @ York.   So don’t read any further  if this is the case.

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Independent 8,744 by Klingsor

Posted on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

I always enjoy Klingsor’s crosswords. They provide quite a 26a but all is fair and amusing and one can always explain the clues afterwards: indeed, judging by the number of answers written down for me to look at and work out the parsing, the answers are often ahead of their explanation. There may well be a […]

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Independent 8,742 / Scorpion

Posted on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Scorpion has the honour of occupying the Tuesday slot this week.

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Independent 8,739 by Phi

Posted on Friday, October 17th, 2014

Back to normality it seems: Phi has appeared for the last two Fridays. There are two strange things about this typically pleasant crossword: the grid is strange and (yes I know he doesn’t always have them, but today surely he does) cries out that there is a Nina, but of course I can’t see it; and for […]

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Financial Times 14,747 by MONK

Posted on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

A very enjoyable puzzle from Monk in which he reveals his easy side.

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Independent 8729 by Eimi

Posted on Monday, October 6th, 2014

This was generally at the easier end of the spectrum, but contained a few obscure uses of words that meant some of the parsings took a bit of research. It feels as if there ought to be some sort of theme or NINA, but I can’t see anything.

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Independent 8,727 / Phi

Posted on Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Friday is Phi-day, of course, and Phi has duly served up his latest cruciverbal offering for us.

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Independent 8724 / Radian

Posted on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

We found it difficult to get started on the puzzle; it wasn’t until Joyce did her usual trick when she is stuck of looking at some of the last down clues that we were able to fill in a few answers.

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Independent 8,720 by Hob

Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Poor old Hob — this is his third in a row that has fallen to me. Not that I personally really mind, for this was a very pleasant crossword. There are one or two clues about which I’m not sure but no doubt someone will come to the rescue. Read round the unches from the bottom […]

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Independent 8,717 by Crosophile

Posted on Monday, September 22nd, 2014

A sweet musical interlude from Crosophile today

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Independent 8712 / Phi

Posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Phi now seems to be popping up on any day of the week rather than just a Friday, but he is very welcome at any time

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Independent 8704 by Nestor (Saturday Prize Puzzle 6 Sept 2014)

Posted on Saturday, September 13th, 2014

A third Nestor in a row on my watch … maybe the Indy editor has settled his contributors into a 5-weekly cycle that, coincidentally, matches our Saturday Prize blogging rota? Not that I’m complaining too much – another enjoyable puzzle – but they do say that variety is the spice of life…

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Independent 8,706 by Morph

Posted on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

An enjoyable crossword as usual from Morph. There is one that I can’t parse but no doubt someone will explain. I found this so difficult that by the end I was just relieved to be there, even though there were still one or two that I wasn’t comfortable with. By then all thoughts of hunting for […]

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