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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 8,744 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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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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