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Independent on Sunday 1,295 by Poins

Posted by Simon Harris on 21st December 2014

Simon Harris.

Blooming hard this week, I thought. It’s blogging day and despite a week’s labour, I’m staring at a grid that’s less than half full.

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Independent Prize Crossword 8788 by Anax 13/12/14

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 20th December 2014

Bertandjoyce.

“Are we blogging the Prize crossword this week?’

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Independent 8793 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on 19th December 2014

duncanshiell.

Phi has given us a fairly standard crossword today

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Independent 8,792 by Crosophile

Posted by John on 18th December 2014

John.

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 and the setter is trying to get normal words into the grid. But in this case the Nina (which for once I’ve seen, although perhaps there is more) is fairly simple: look at the seven-letter words going diagonally from top to left, top to right, etc in the grid. They are all of a kind, and, further, the shape of the words surrounds something that may also be regarded as one of these.

Definitions underlined.

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Independent 8791 / Dac

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 17th December 2014

Bertandjoyce.

Another excellent puzzle from Dac today with the usual smooth surfaces and a good variety of clue types.

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Independent 8,790 / Scorpion

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 16th December 2014

RatkojaRiku.

Scorpion has been assigned to this week’s Tuesday slot, one that often provides solvers with a fun puzzle with a twist or two.

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Independent 8,789 by Morph

Posted by flashling on 15th December 2014

flashling.

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

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Independent on Sunday 1294/Commoner

Posted by Pierre on 14th December 2014

Pierre.

A sound Sunday puzzle from Commoner in the usual IoS style.

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Independent 8,782 by Nimrod (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 06/12/14)

Posted by Simon Harris on 13th December 2014

Simon Harris.

One doesn’t necessarily expect a stroll in the park with Nimrod, so I was very pleased to finish this one, albeit without fully understanding quite how everything worked.

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Independent 8,787 by Phi

Posted by John on 12th December 2014

John.

As usual with Phi I was a little slow to get started as few answers seemed to be obvious, but once going it all seemed clear enough. And then I came to a long halt with the last three, 21ac, 19dn and 22dn, which wouldn’t budge. The somewhat unusual sense of ‘clipped’ is my excuse; although it isn’t perhaps all that unusual, being the first item in the second Chambers definition.

In the end it was the usual very pleasant Phi experience. Lots of single-letter abbreviations here: is this a theme? (l = league, d = depth, f = farthing, n = note, E = European, r = runs, h = hard, n = name, m = millions, o = old, s = son, again n = note, and perhaps others I’ve missed.)

The unches at the top and the bottom spell out two words which no doubt send us to some series of books that escape my experience.

Definitions underlined.

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Independent 8786/Hob

Posted by Pierre on 11th December 2014

Pierre.

I find myself blogging – for reasons too embarrassing to elucidate in public – in the Thursday slot.  Which is usually hard, and is indeed hard today.  Since I am out of my depth, any help with the ones I couldn’t quite parse would be welcome.

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Independent 8,785 / Dac

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 10th December 2014

RatkojaRiku.

As expected, Dac’s latest puzzle was waiting for me this Wednesday morning.

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Independent 8784 / Alchemi

Posted by duncanshiell on 9th December 2014

duncanshiell.

This is my first blog after a few wonderful weeks in New Zealand.  The puzzle by Alchemi has provided a pleasant re-introduction to blogging.  

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Independent 8783 by Kairos

Posted by NealH on 8th December 2014

NealH.

I found this ultimately a little unsatisfactory because 16 and 15 across were rather obscure and your only recourse, if you didn’t know the words, was to guess. Apart from those two, it was of medium difficulty: certainly not easy but not so difficult that I became completely stuck. A few of the parsings required a bit of work and some people might not be too thrilled at the Harry Potter reference in 5 down, although I didn’t mind as I have seen a few of the films.

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Independent on Sunday 1293 Hypnos

Posted by scchua on 7th December 2014

scchua.

(Please click here for this same blog but with a picture quiz added. Please do NOT post hereinbelow any comment relating to the picture quiz. Thank you.)   I recall this was slightly more difficult to solve than usual for a Sunday puzzle.  Thanks to Hypnos.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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