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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 8769 / Phi

Posted on Friday, November 21st, 2014

I started at the end with 25dn and worked backwards through the clues, making steady progress and with the empty lights only just reaching double figures by the time I got to 1ac.

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Independent 8,763 by Phi

Posted on Friday, November 14th, 2014

The usual pleasant crossword from Phi, as always I find a bit slow to begin with but eventually all quite smooth. There seem to be lots of anagrams and part-anagrams here, which make it easier for the solver, and some of them are very obviously anagrams (as in 26ac). The two words 3dn and 14dn are a […]

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Independent 8757 / Phi

Posted on Friday, November 7th, 2014

It’s back to normal this Phiday, and another excellent puzzle with a good mix of fairly straightforward clues and some which caused a bit of head-scratching.

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Independent 8,754 by Radian

Posted on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

One of Radian’s best.  I enjoyed this, just the right level of difficulty for me. There was enough to make you think a bit, but the setter loses gracefully, and does so without any lingering feeling of irritation at not being quite able to see how something worked: everything seems sound and of a good standard.  […]

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Independent 8,753 by Eimi

Posted on Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Now we are Eight. Nice to see the editor for a change and a generally easyish puzzle to brighten an otherwise drab, damp and generally grotty day here in Suffolk.  

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Independent on Sunday 1,288 by Raich

Posted on Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

A straightforward and enjoyable puzzle from Raich.

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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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