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Financial Times 14,409 by Wanderer

Posted by PeeDee on 4th September 2013

PeeDee.

I don’t think I have blogged Wanderer before.  I thought this was a super puzzle with too many good clues to pick a clear favourite.  Thank you Wanderer.

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Guardian Prize Puzzle 26,035 by Maskarade – Late Summer Prize Cryptic Crossword

Posted by PeeDee on 31st August 2013

PeeDee.

Maskarade is a new setter whose puzzle is published this weekend as sadly Araucaria has been too ill to set the holiday special. Also, given the choice of an alphabetical jigsaw which was practically an Araucaria trademark this has to be seen as a tribute to Araucaria himself. I cannot but wonder how Maskarade approached this; Araucaria would be a hard act to follow for any setter, let alone for a new one and in such delicate circumstances. Should he or she try and to dazzle with wit and ingenuity, and risk being seen as trying to out-shine Araucaria? Should he or she shy away and risk praising Araucaria with a damp squib? Maskarade seems to have chosen keep a straight bat – not too flashy, not too tame – and has pulled it off very well indeed. Thank you Maskarade and best wishes for Araucaria too.

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Financial Times 14,403 by GAFF

Posted by PeeDee on 28th August 2013

PeeDee.

An anniversary puzzle from Gaff.

The problem with this sort of puzzle is that though the theme is topical and the result elegant half the grid is a write-in.  I did enjoy this, but am glad we don’t get them every day.  Thank you Gaff. Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 14397 by Monk

Posted by PeeDee on 21st August 2013

PeeDee.

Typically tough crossword from Monk, obscure words and devious constructions.  There are still two solutions I cannot fathom, so any help appreciated.

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Financial Times 14,391 by Loroso

Posted by PeeDee on 14th August 2013

PeeDee.

Loroso was on fine form when he set this one, every clue a gem.  I nominate all the across clues for special mention, though each of the down clues is equally good.  Thank you Loroso! Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 14,385 by Aardvark

Posted by PeeDee on 7th August 2013

PeeDee.

I am back again following endless problems with my Internet connection, so first a big thank you to Gaufrid for covering for me over the last couple of weeks.   I think this is the new Aardvark, elegant and interesting with a range of difficulty.  I remember older Aardvark puzzles being straighforward, whereas the more recent puzzles have been a mixture of the easy and the hard (something for everyone).  I wonder if this is deliberate on the part of the setter or just my own personal perception?

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Guardian Prize Puzzle 25987 by Philistine

Posted by PeeDee on 6th July 2013

PeeDee.

On the whole quite easy for a prize puzzle but with some nice clues to keep it interesting.

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Financial Times 14,355 by Loroso

Posted by PeeDee on 3rd July 2013

PeeDee.

Loroso was in a mean mood when he wrote this one.  All the way through there are misdirections and devious constructions, there are some I still can’t fully explain.  Apologies for the late start today and thank you to Loroso for the mental workout. Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 14349 by Aardvark

Posted by PeeDee on 26th June 2013

PeeDee.

I enjoyed this, not difficult. but not a pushover either. No themes, ninas, special instructions, bells or whistles; just a good traditional crossword.  Thank you Aardvark. Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 14,337 by Gozo

Posted by PeeDee on 12th June 2013

PeeDee.

Super themed puzzle from Gozo but consumed in a bit of a rush today as I was very late getting started, a shame that I did not have time to savour this puzzle more.  Thank you Gozo.

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Guardian Prize Puzzle 25,963 by Brummie

Posted by PeeDee on 8th June 2013

PeeDee.

Great stuff, I enjoyed this very much. It took a long time for the instructions to make sense but in retrospect they are quite clear, so no excuse for not getting it first time. I think this could also be taken as the definition of a good clue.

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Financial Times 14331 by Cinephile

Posted by PeeDee on 5th June 2013

PeeDee.

Quite easy for a Cinephile I thought but no less enjoyable for it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Financial Times 14,325 by Gozo

Posted by PeeDee on 29th May 2013

PeeDee.

Its Geography lesson again this morning, Gozo continues to educate and entertain us.  Thank you Gozo.

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Financial Times 14319 by Monk

Posted by PeeDee on 22nd May 2013

PeeDee.

Difficult, and then some.

                  

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Financial Times 14,313 by Aardvark

Posted by PeeDee on 15th May 2013

PeeDee.

Four crosswords for the price of one.

 

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