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Independent 8587 / Dac

Posted by duncanshiell on 23rd April 2014

duncanshiell.

This puzzle was a good example of Dac’s art.  Virtually all the words and phrases were well known or could be deduced from the wordplay without too much difficulty.

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Independent 8,586 by Raich

Posted by John on 22nd April 2014

John.

My goodness I was lucky as a blogger. Yesterday I never did the Independent crossword, being away, but by all accounts it was difficult. Today’s offering from Raich was much more the sort of thing you want on a blogging day — a pleasant crossword, nice and gentle, easy-to-understand.

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Independent 8585 by Anax

Posted by NealH on 21st April 2014

NealH.

Other people will probably disagree, but I found this a fairly fiendish Anax puzzle. The structure of the grid with all the down clues in the top-half having only their second letters (which were mostly vowels) crossed made it quite difficult to finish and I didn’t quite manage it, being left with a couple I couldn’t quite work out. Having said that, there were some easier clues like 19 and 21, so it wasn’t impossible to get started.

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Independent on Sunday 1,260 by Poins

Posted by PeeDee on 20th April 2014

PeeDee.

Good stuff from Poins.  Trickier than the previous IoS puzzle of his that I blogged.

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Independent Saturday Prize Puzzle 8578 / Anax – 12th April 2014

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 19th April 2014

Bertandjoyce.

We always look forward to solving and blogging an Anax, so it was with great anticipation that we sat down to tackle this one.

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Independent 8,583 / Phi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 18th April 2014

RatkojaRiku.

Our Indy Good Friday crossword challenge this morning has been provided by Phi.

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Independent 8582 / Tees

Posted by duncanshiell on 17th April 2014

duncanshiell.

Tees has given us an entertaining puzzle today.

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Independent 8,581 by Dac

Posted by John on 16th April 2014

John.

I used to blog quite often after midnight, when the crossword for the following day appeared on the website, but stopped doing so because I would become rather sleepy and tended to make silly mistakes. On Tuesday evening I had a long and ultimately fruitless game of chess, so was wide awake at midnight and decided to revert to old habits. There may be silly mistakes in the blog: certainly there were several answers where the parsing was not clear to me until I spent quite some time on them, and perhaps in the morning I would not have felt that this was on the tricky side for Dac.

All the usual remarks about Dac go without saying.

Definitions in italics.

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Independent 8580 / Punk

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 15th April 2014

Bertandjoyce.

It’s a while since we last blogged a Punk puzzle. We tend to prefer hidden themes rather than the overtly themed puzzle but there was still lots to enjoy.

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Independent 8579/Quixote

Posted by Pierre on 14th April 2014

Pierre.

Another WYSIWYG puzzle from Quixote.  Which is why I keep recommending him to those who are just starting to enter the world of cryptic crosswords.  Bit of genealogy, bit of religion, bit of maths, bit of grammar, bit of everything really.

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Independent on Sunday 1,259 by eXternal

Posted by Simon Harris on 13th April 2014

Simon Harris.

Another very challenging puzzle, I thought. Either I drew a very tough weekend to have to blog both Independent prize puzzles, or I’m losing my faculties.

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Independent 8,572 by Tyrus (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 05/04/14)

Posted by Simon Harris on 12th April 2014

Simon Harris.

Well, I enjoy a challenge, and Tyrus is a great setter, but this was a pretty hopeless solving experience for me. After several evenings staring in vain at the grid, I’ve six answers written in and no reason to expect I’ll have any more before blogging day.

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Independent 8577 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on 11th April 2014

duncanshiell.

Phi.has given us an enjoyable puzzle today

 

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Independent 8,576 by Scorpion

Posted by John on 10th April 2014

John.

As usual we have a nice, quite difficult but not overly so, crossword from Scorpion. There is one on which I’m quite lost and a couple of others where I’m probably not seeing it all, but as usual …

There seem to be more than the usual number of characters in films and sport, but without any apparent pattern, so I’ll leave it to the eagle-eyed to see if anything’s happening.

Definitions in italics.

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Independent 8575 / Dac

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 9th April 2014

Bertandjoyce.

It’s always a pleasure to blog a puzzle by Dac. The most difficult part however, is knowing what to say in the preamble!

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