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Independent 8,858 by Phi

Posted by John on 6th March 2015

John.

The usual from Phi: a very pleasant and sound crossword that maintains the high standard. And as usual I am a bit lost on one or two, but these will I’m sure be explained.

As I say below, I had thought there might be an astronomical theme, but failing that, and this theory does I think fail, I can’t see anything else.

Definitions in italics.

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Independent 8857 / Tees

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 5th March 2015

Bertandjoyce.

We have come to expect the Thursday Indy puzzle to be tricky, and this offering from Tees was no exception.

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Independent 8,856 / Dac

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 4th March 2015

RatkojaRiku.

It is Wednesday today, so it is Dac’s weekly opportunity to put Indy solvers through their paces.

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Independent 8855 / Hieroglyph

Posted by duncanshiell on 3rd March 2015

duncanshiell.

Hieroglyph appears on a monthly basis in the Independent weekday series.

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Independent 8854 by eXternal

Posted by NealH on 2nd March 2015

NealH.

After a tough Monday puzzle last week, this was back to more gentle fare with plenty of easier clues to get you enough crossing letters to do the trickier stuff.

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Independent on Sunday 1305 Commoner

Posted by scchua on 1st March 2015

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.)  A slow start, but it turned out all right. Thank you to Commoner. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Independent Prize Crossword 8847 by Anax, 21/02/15

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 28th February 2015

Bertandjoyce.

We always look forward to the challenge of an Anax prize puzzle and this was definitely a challenge! However, we’re not wildly enthusiastic about long anagrams and this puzzle has eight fifteen-letter answers, three of which are anagrams and two more have anagrams within the solutions, so this took the edge off the challenge to a certain extent.

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Independent 8852 / Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 27th February 2015

Bertandjoyce.

Well, it’s Phiday again, and he seems to be getting tougher these days. Last week’s offering seemed more tricky than usual, and this one also took us longer than expected.

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Independent 8,851 / Klingsor

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 26th February 2015

RatkojaRiku.

It has been a long time since it has fallen to me to blog a puzzle by Klingsor, so I was keen to get my teeth into this one this morning.

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Independent 8850 / Quixote

Posted by duncanshiell on 25th February 2015

duncanshiell.

Quixote has given us a puzzle today with some good anagrams.

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Independent 8,849 by Knut

Posted by John on 24th February 2015

John.

Knut made his debut only the other day. Now he appears again, and much of this continues the good start he made. There is a lot I don’t understand; my temptation is to say that some of the clues are a bit weak or unsound, but I don’t dare to because it’s far more likely that I’m missing things.

It’s a very strange grid — perfectly OK and no solecisms with the checking. Was this, together with the large number of clues, done in order to fit in some theme? If it was then I can’t see it.

Definitions underlined.

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Independent 8848/Scorpion

Posted by Pierre on 23rd February 2015

Pierre.

Chuffing Nora.

 

 

 

 

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Independent on Sunday 1,304 by Hypnos

Posted by PeeDee on 22nd February 2015

PeeDee.

I liked this grid with words all the way round the border, it is a long while since I saw one of these.  Good to have the minimum of black space on the grid, value for money!

There are a couple of clues where I don’t quite get the wording, even though I’m sure I have the correct answer.  Thanks to Hypnos for an enjoyable Sunday solve.

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Independent 8,841 by Nestor (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 21/02/15)

Posted by Simon Harris on 21st February 2015

Simon Harris.

Nestor has sometimes been described as one of the easier of the Saturday Independent setters. I guess these things are relative, as I found this one quite a challenge.

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Independent 8,846 / Phi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 20th February 2015

RatkojaRiku.

As expected, today saw my monthly tussle with Phi.

I found this one quite tough, not least, I feel, because of the high frequency of 4-letter entries. I solved clues steadily but didn’t really feel that I was breaking the back of the puzzle until towards the very end of the solve. In the end, I was left with the clue at 3 (not surprisingly, one of the 4-letter words), which I feared I wouldn’t be able to solve, but I went away and came back and could then see how the clue worked.

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