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Independent 8731 / Dac

Posted by duncanshiell on 8th October 2014

duncanshiell.

A fairly standard puzzle from Dac today with his usual elegant clue writing.

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Independent 8,730 by Punk

Posted by John on 7th October 2014

John.

A typically neat and pleasant offering from Punk today. It is themed around 11dn, which is to some extent my time, but I still needed Google to explain many of the answers. What people did in the days before search engines I hate to think: presumably they just gave up. Some criticise this type of crossword, where much of it consists of reading things from the internet, but the quality of the clueing made it acceptable for me.

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Independent 8729 by Eimi

Posted by NealH on 6th October 2014

NealH.

This was generally at the easier end of the spectrum, but contained a few obscure uses of words that meant some of the parsings took a bit of research. It feels as if there ought to be some sort of theme or NINA, but I can’t see anything.

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Independent on Sunday 1,284 by Commoner

Posted by PeeDee on 5th October 2014

PeeDee.

I found this very enjoyable, a good example of how to make a crossword accessible without making it dull.  Something in here for everybody.  Thanks Commoner.

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Independent 8,722 by Anax (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 27/09/14)

Posted by Simon Harris on 4th October 2014

Simon Harris.

Another tour de force from Anax, I thought. Quite a challenge, of course, but I was pleased to be able to finish this one, even if it did take all week.

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Independent 8,727 / Phi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 3rd October 2014

RatkojaRiku.

Friday is Phi-day, of course, and Phi has duly served up his latest cruciverbal offering for us.

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Independent 8726 / Tees

Posted by duncanshiell on 2nd October 2014

duncanshiell.

Tees. makes his monthly appearance today with an entertaining puzzle.

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Independent 8,725 by Dac

Posted by John on 1st October 2014

John.

As always on Wednesdays, which don’t seem to be suffering the upheavals of the other days.

I sometimes wonder whether to feign ignorance of the parsing of some clues, so that people will respond and tell me how they work It’s the only way people will be prompted to post when it’s a Dac day, for everything is so tidy and uncontroversial, although in this one there’s a question about 5dn.

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Independent 8724 / Radian

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 30th September 2014

Bertandjoyce.

We found it difficult to get started on the puzzle; it wasn’t until Joyce did her usual trick when she is stuck of looking at some of the last down clues that we were able to fill in a few answers.

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Independent 8723/Raich

Posted by Pierre on 29th September 2014

Pierre.

The editor reverting to form today, giving us a gentle introduction to the week with a well-constructed and clearly-clued puzzle from Raich.  Ideal for improving solvers and no doubt a pleasant stroll for more experienced practitioners of the dark arts.

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Independent on Sunday 1,283 by Poins

Posted by Simon Harris on 28th September 2014

Simon Harris.

Sorry Poins old chap, you’ve drawn me yet again and I must admit I found this one quite tough. A week later I still don’t appear to have completed the top left corner of the grid, so I’ll have to retrieve the answers from the internet and do my best to explain them.

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Independent 8716 (Sat 20-Sep 2014) Alchemi

Posted by beermagnet on 27th September 2014

beermagnet.

Alchemi gives us a fun, themed puzzle on the easy side for a Prize crossword – if you knew the subject.

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Independent 8721 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on 26th September 2014

duncanshiell.

A return to normality with Phi on a Friday.

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Independent 8,720 by Hob

Posted by John on 25th September 2014

John.

Poor old Hob — this is his third in a row that has fallen to me. Not that I personally really mind, for this was a very pleasant crossword. There are one or two clues about which I’m not sure but no doubt someone will come to the rescue.

Read round the unches from the bottom left in the two ways to the top right to get the Nina. It was published on September 17th 1954, so this is a few days late for the 60th anniversary. There don’t seem to be any references in the answers, but one of the clues mentions Jack, so perhaps there is something I can’t see.

Definitions underlined.

 

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Independent 8719/Quixote

Posted by Pierre on 24th September 2014

Pierre.

Quixote setting and me blogging on a Wednesday?  The Indy crossword world is upside down.  Not really: Quixote seems to be taking over the last Wednesday of the month slot; and I’m off the bench to act as substitute for Bert and Joyce, who are in foreign parts with limited internet access.

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