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Independent 8,773 by Quixote

Posted by John on 26th November 2014

John.

It seems that Quixote is now doing the Wednesday crossword on the days (the last Wednesdays of the month) that Dac isn’t doing it, and there is no noticeable diminution of quality. Everything here is very clear and efficient and as with Dac I expect few to have much to say.

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Independent 8772 / Scorpion

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 25th November 2014

Bertandjoyce.

We found this quite a tricky solve and there are a couple of clues (2d and 29ac) which we hope others will be able to explain for us. As a keen baker, Joyce vaguely remembered the flour involved in 24ac. We liked the misdirection in 22ac. It took us quite a while to sort out!

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Independent 8771 / Punk

Posted by Gaufrid on 24th November 2014

Gaufrid.

With only five entries after my first, very quick, pass through the clues I thought this one might take a lot longer than it actually did. Fortunately two of these entries were 1dn and 2/24 so I had plenty of help for solving the left-hand side of the grid.

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Independent on Sunday 1,291 by Poins

Posted by Simon Harris on 23rd November 2014

Simon Harris.

Another Poins for me this week, making that six in a row. Poor chap must be getting fed up with me.

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Independent 8764 by Nimrod (Saturday Prize Puzzle 15 November 2014)

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 22nd November 2014

mc_rapper67.

Three N-Nestors in a row, and now two N-Nimrods…’N’ for me, ‘N’ for me, they’ve all got it ‘N’ for me!…

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Independent 8769 / Phi

Posted by Gaufrid on 21st November 2014

Gaufrid.

I started at the end with 25dn and worked backwards through the clues, making steady progress and with the empty lights only just reaching double figures by the time I got to 1ac.

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Independent 8,768 by Monk

Posted by John on 20th November 2014

John.

Monk’s customarily efficient and elegant crossword today. I get the impression that he is appearing in the Indy more often than he has, which is good news.

One or two are beyond me a bit, but no doubt someone will come to the rescue.

This seems to contain a personal message: read down the unches on the left, then the horizontal unches in the middle, then the unches on the right.

Definitions underlined.

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Independent 8767 / Dac

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 19th November 2014

Bertandjoyce.

Another smooth offering from Dac – one or two entries we needed to check, but all very clear from the excellent cluing.

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Independent 8,766 / Hieroglyph

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 18th November 2014

RatkojaRiku.

I have not solved or blogged many puzzles by Hieroglyph, so I approached this one with a mixture of curiosity and apprehension.

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Independent 8765 by Crosophile

Posted by NealH on 17th November 2014

NealH.

I found this an enjoyable puzzle which required a bit of work to tease out some of the parsings. The def in 17 is the only one I’m not sure about. 20 I thought was particularly clever and 19 was my LOI, being an unusual and slightly odd word.

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Independent on Sunday 1290/Commoner

Posted by Pierre on 16th November 2014

Pierre.

We’ve had some very good puzzles in the IoS slot recently, I think, and this was another one.  All pretty gettable (which is the brief for the Independent on Sunday) but with some excellent surfaces, a good range of references, and one or two smiley moments.   Enjoyed this one.

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Independent Prize Puzzle 8758 / Tees – 08/11/14

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 15th November 2014

Bertandjoyce.

We enjoyed this Prize Puzzle from Tees. It took us a while to get started but once we had a few crossing letters things fell into place reasonably quickly.

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Independent 8,763 by Phi

Posted by John on 14th November 2014

John.

The usual pleasant crossword from Phi, as always I find a bit slow to begin with but eventually all quite smooth. There seem to be lots of anagrams and part-anagrams here, which make it easier for the solver, and some of them are very obviously anagrams (as in 26ac).

The two words 3dn and 14dn are a sort of mini-Nina, having a similarity of shape to the things they signify, but no doubt there is more …

Definitions underlined.

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Independent 8762 – Morph

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 13th November 2014

Bertandjoyce.

We always look forward to a Morph puzzle, and still cannot forget his brilliant Limerick based puzzle back in May

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Independent 8,761 / Dac

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 12th November 2014

RatkojaRiku.

Today sees my monthly blogging encounter with Dac and his highly sound clues with their silky-smooth surfaces.

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