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Independent 8,882 by Phi

Posted by John on 3rd April 2015

John.

Every Friday we have the same thing, a very satisfactory and pleasant crossword from Phi, with few if any points of controversy. Initially, when I saw the answer ‘raindrop’ I thought Phi was balancing out all those rock music Ninas we so often have, by having nicknames of pieces of music, possibly just by Chopin, but either he is, and I am ignorant, or this was a false lead.

As usual with Phi for some reason, I was slow to start but then made steady progress.

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Independent 8881 / Knut

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 2nd April 2015

Bertandjoyce.

This is only the third Knut puzzle in the Indy and as it was Thursday, we expected a challenge. There was some very clever and inventive clueing but also a few others that felt a bit ‘clunky’ or didn’t quite work in our opinion. Also, there were quite a few words that needed their definition checking before we were happy with the parsing.

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Independent 8,880 / Dac

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 1st April 2015

RatkojaRiku.

Today brings the start of a new month and my monthly encounter with Dac.

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Independent 8879 / Scorpion

Posted by duncanshiell on 31st March 2015

duncanshiell.

I enjoyed this puzzle by Scorpion.  It made me think outside the box a bit.

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Independent 8,878 by eXternal

Posted by flashling on 30th March 2015

flashling.

eXternal, one of the Indy’s young breed of setters today.

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Independent on Sunday 1309 Raich

Posted by scchua on 29th March 2015

scchua.

An enjoyable Sunday outing with Raich, to whom thanks. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Independent 8,871 by Monk (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 21/03/15)

Posted by Simon Harris on 28th March 2015

Simon Harris.

It seems to bit a little while since I’ve come up against Monk. I always enjoy the challenged, but can rarely quite finish a puzzle off.

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Independent 8876 / Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 27th March 2015

Bertandjoyce.

Phi-day again and, despite some unusual words, we found this an enjoyable and fairly straightforward challenge.

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Independent 8,875 / Alchemi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 26th March 2015

RatkojaRiku.

I have had few opportunities to solve and blog puzzles compiled by Alchemi so far, so I was rather looking forward to this, despite having to rely on a less than optimum internet connection in my hotel!

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Independent 8874 / Quixote

Posted by duncanshiell on 25th March 2015

duncanshiell.

There was only one entry in today’s puzzle that was a word I didn’t recognise.

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Independent 8,873 by Hob

Posted by John on 24th March 2015

John.

A medium-difficulty puzzle from Hob today; indeed for a Tuesday this was perhaps a quite easy one. Apart from my very minor quibble in 23dn the clues are good, particularly 16ac, 6dn, 11dn and 14dn. Basil Fawlty told the American in ‘Waldorf Salad’ that he was always talking about bottoms; in the same vein I might say that there is rather a lot of sex here.

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Independent 8872 by Bucko

Posted by NealH on 23rd March 2015

NealH.

Bucko is a relatively new compiler so I was unsure what to expect. I found this on the easy side but with a few clues where the parsings required some effort to understand. There were some interesting and inventive ideas like in 10 and 2.

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Independent on Sunday 1,308 by Hypnos

Posted by PeeDee on 22nd March 2015

PeeDee.

I found this more of a challenge than the usual Sunday puzzle.  Very enjoyable it was too.  Thanks Hypnos.

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Independent Sat 14-Mar-2015 8865 Tyrus

Posted by beermagnet on 21st March 2015

beermagnet.

Ooo, I struggled a bit with this one.

I had what felt like a slow start, but then cold-solved a clutch of down clues which led to a few others, so was happy enough to end up with about a dozen on the first pass. But crucially not the theme answer 6D or any of the 4 longish clues referring to it. It took the Y from TEAPOY to enable me to get 6D OXYMORON  (but I still don’t understand the wordplay).  Then the most pleasurable part of the solve:  Trying to think of oxymorons to fit.  The last of those I found very hard to get – Definite Maybe – it was a cracking clue and definitely my favourite of the grid (maybe).

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Independent 8,870 / Phi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 20th March 2015

RatkojaRiku.

Today brought me my regular monthly lexical tussle with Phi.

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