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Independent Crossword 8740 by Anax (18-10-2014)

Posted by twencelas on 25th October 2014

twencelas.

Another Saturday Anax – how devious will this one be clued?

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Independent 8745 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on 24th October 2014

duncanshiell.

As happens most Fridays in The Independent, the puzzle is set by Phi.

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Independent 8,744 by Klingsor

Posted by John on 23rd October 2014

John.

I always enjoy Klingsor’s crosswords. They provide quite a 26a but all is fair and amusing and one can always explain the clues afterwards: indeed, judging by the number of answers written down for me to look at and work out the parsing, the answers are often ahead of their explanation.

There may well be a Nina here but, surprise surprise, it’s quite lost on me. There looked as if there might possibly be a pangram, but some letters are missing. With these rather demanding crosswords I’m always so relieved to complete them that the final flourish is beyond me.

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Independent 8743 / Dac

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 22nd October 2014

Bertandjoyce.

Another great puzzle from Dac – as usual, smooth surfaces, a good range of types of wordplay, some crafty misdirections and only one word we had not come across before. What more can we say?

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Independent 8,742 / Scorpion

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 21st October 2014

RatkojaRiku.

Scorpion has the honour of occupying the Tuesday slot this week.

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Independent 8741/Crosophile

Posted by Pierre on 20th October 2014

Pierre.

Donk a month or two ago with a Monday crossword that wasn’t exactly on the easy side; Tyrus giving everyone a hard time in last week’s Monday puzzle; now Crosophile is getting in on the act.  To help me feel better about myself, please tell me that this was difficult.

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Independent on Sunday 1286/Kairos

Posted by Pierre on 19th October 2014

Pierre.

A second IoS Kairos in a row for me to blog. I bigged him up a bit last time.  Twice running?

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Independent 8734 by Nimrod (Saturday Prize Puzzle 11 October 2014)

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 18th October 2014

mc_rapper67.

A Nimrod-ean master class in cramming connected cryptic content in to a fifteen by fifteen grid – with just a hint of Cyclops-ean, or maybe Paul-esque, schoolboy smut, to generate a little heat under the collar.

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Independent 8,739 by Phi

Posted by John on 17th October 2014

John.

Back to normality it seems: Phi has appeared for the last two Fridays.

There are two strange things about this typically pleasant crossword: the grid is strange and (yes I know he doesn’t always have them, but today surely he does) cries out that there is a Nina, but of course I can’t see it; and for the first time that I can remember Phi has departed from the Ximenean norm by having two answers (8dn and 13ac) with less than 50% checking. Not much less than 50% mind you, but still less.

Actually there is a third: Phi doesn’t so far as I can see have any recourse to an anagram in his clueing.

So come on Nina hunters, plenty of material there to work with.

I found this rather hard for a Phi, perhaps because there were no comparatively easy openers with anagrams. My excuse is the less than 50% checking on the two long answers, but that’s no good really.

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Independent 8738 / Monk

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 16th October 2014

Bertandjoyce.

It’s over a year since we last blogged a Monk puzzle, and this was worth waiting for! A tricky solve with two words we hadn’t come across before, but great surfaces and a good Thursday challenge.

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Independent 8,737 / Dac

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 15th October 2014

RatkojaRiku.

It’s Wednesday, so unsurprisingly Dac-day today, and we have a set of Dac’s customary well-honed clues with smooth surfaces.

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Independent 8736 / Hieroglyph

Posted by duncanshiell on 14th October 2014

duncanshiell.

Hieroglyph is becoming a regular once a month setter in The Independent.  This is Hieroglyph’s fourth appearance in successive months.

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Independent 8,735 by Tyrus

Posted by flashling on 13th October 2014

flashling.

Good Lord, Tyrus on a Monday, has he produced an easy one?

 

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Independent on Sunday 1285 Hypnos

Posted by scchua on 12th October 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.)   Quite smooth progress from start to finish.  Thanks to Hypnos. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Independent Prize Puzzle 8728 / Nestor – 4/10/14

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 11th October 2014

Bertandjoyce.

This was definitely a Prize puzzle in our opinion!

 

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