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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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Independent 8,574 / Radian

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 8th April 2014

RatkojaRiku.

This Tuesday has brought my latest encounter with Radian, of which there have been many over the last six months or so.

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Independent 8,573 by Kairos

Posted by flashling on 7th April 2014

flashling.

Nice mostly gentle run out from Kairos today.

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Independent on Sunday 1258/Alchemi

Posted by Pierre on 6th April 2014

Pierre.

I enjoyed this Sunday’s offering from Alchemi.  Generally a puzzle in the usual accessible IoS style;  but that said, there were a number of clues where I had to head-scratch a bit before the answers yielded.  Some of this setter’s cluing can border on the elaborate, but from solving and blogging a number of his crosswords now, I think that’s just his style.  As long as it’s fair, which it generally is, I don’t think we can complain.  There is one clue where I can’t quite put it all together, so help appreciated with that one, please.

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Independent 8566 (Sat 29-March 2014) Morph

Posted by beermagnet on 5th April 2014

beermagnet.

I was very pleased to see I’d drawn a Morph puzzle this time as I always find them entertaining.

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Independent 8,571 by Phi

Posted by John on 4th April 2014

John.

The standard Phi: all very good and one can hardly find fault with any of the clues, some of which are nice.

I’m not quite sure what the theme is: there are many Australian towns dotted around the grid, and also several Scottish ones, and Perth could be either, but is there anything further?

Definitions in italics.

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Independent 8570 / Nestor

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 3rd April 2014

Bertandjoyce.

We always anticipate a good challenge on a Thursday, but this was a little easier than we expected, although there quite a few head-scratching moments.

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Independent 8,569 / Dac

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 2nd April 2014

RatkojaRiku.

Dac returns to his spiritual home of the Wednesday slot this week.

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