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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 8,824 by Raich

Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015

Unusual for a Raich, I can’t find a theme or Nina here.  

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Independent 8814 / Dac

Posted on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

This was another enjoyable puzzle from Dac.

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Financial Times No. 14,827 by NEO

Posted on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Entertaining puzzle this.

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Independent 8,810 by Phi

Posted on Friday, January 9th, 2015

Phi’s crosswords are almost like Dac’s: there is really very little to say, because all the clues are straightforward and have a nice surface. One can talk about the Nina, but in Phi’s case either — and this is quite often — he doesn’t have one, or it hardly cries out to me and I lazily […]

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Independent 8,806 by Eimi

Posted on Monday, January 5th, 2015

Monday morning and back to work with a rare outing from the editor.

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Independent 8794 by Nestor (Saturday Prize Puzzle 20 December 2014)

Posted on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Some pre-festive fun and frivolity from Nestor… I think I quite enjoyed this at the time, but with the extended submission date (and my usual last-minute blogging), not to mention all the actual festive fun and frivolity in between, my memory of the solving process is a little hazy!

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Independent 8,801 by Tees

Posted on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Tees does sometimes test us to the limits (all right, he did here for me with 16dn, although that was just my fault) but in this enjoyable crossword, with clues that are all so far as I can see good and interesting despite my misgivings about 24dn, he has been fairly gentle to us. The […]

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Guardian 26,449 by Nutmeg

Posted on Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Well wasn’t expecting that. Wot no Rufus? No, it’s Nutmeg. There’s always a hope it’s a quiptic from old…

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Independent 8,792 by Crosophile

Posted on Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Initially I felt ill-disposed towards this, because of my obsession (some would call it a hang-up) with less than 50% checking, something that appears several times in the grid. But actually this is a perfectly pleasant crossword with some nice clues. The inadequate (in my opinion) checking is sometimes excusable if there is a Nina […]

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Independent 8,789 by Morph

Posted on Monday, December 15th, 2014

A nice Monday morning workout from Morph to cheer a chilly day.

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Independent 8781 / Phi

Posted on Friday, December 5th, 2014

Another Phiday! We found this a bit trickier than usual, but none the worse for that. As usual, great clueing and a good mix of clue types.

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Guardian 26,433 by Imogen

Posted on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Well I’m back from a land down under and first up is Imogen, not really the name you want whilst jet lagged.

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Independent 9,778 by Radian

Posted on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Three checked letters in a seven-letter answer is bad enough; two in a five-letter answer is even worse. Unless, some say, Radian has been constrained by a Nina and has been forced to use answers of this type. If he has (and of course I can’t see it) then perhaps this is justified. And anyway it’s […]

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