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Independent 8781 / Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 5th December 2014

Bertandjoyce.

Another Phiday! We found this a bit trickier than usual, but none the worse for that. As usual, great clueing and a good mix of clue types.

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Independent 8,780 / Tees

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 4th December 2014

RatkojaRiku.

Tees is occupying the Thursday slot, one which is visited by a wide range of compilers over the course of a year.

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Independent 8779 / Dac

Posted by Gaufrid on 3rd December 2014

Gaufrid.

What is there to say about a Dac puzzle that hasn’t been said before? I could very easily just link to, or copy and paste from, the preamble I wrote four weeks ago.

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Independent 9,778 by Radian

Posted by John on 2nd December 2014

John.

Three checked letters in a seven-letter answer is bad enough; two in a five-letter answer is even worse. Unless, some say, Radian has been constrained by a Nina and has been forced to use answers of this type. If he has (and of course I can’t see it) then perhaps this is justified. And anyway it’s only my view (but also that of some eminent others, I might add).

Pity, because much of this crossword is good, and there are some excellent clues. I particularly enjoyed 1dn.

Definitions underlined.

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Independent 8777/Raich

Posted by Pierre on 1st December 2014

Pierre.

Always a little smile when I see that it’s Raich for my Monday Indy blog.  Enjoyed this one, but there were some that I struggled to see and parse.  It yielded in the end.

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Independent on Sunday 1,292 by eXternal

Posted by PeeDee on 30th November 2014

PeeDee.

I found this one a whole lot harder than any other IoS puzzle I have blogged.  There are still a couple I can’t completely explain.  Good fun, but I am glad I had plenty of time to sole this one!  Thanks eXternal.

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Independent Crossword 8770 by Klingsor(22-11-2014)

Posted by twencelas on 29th November 2014

twencelas.

Saturday and an offering from Klingsor! That should take my mind off my driving test

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Independent 8,775 / Phi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 28th November 2014

RatkojaRiku.

It was no surprise to discover Phi’s latest offering on what is Phi-day after all.

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Independent 8774 / Rorschach

Posted by Gaufrid on 27th November 2014

Gaufrid.

We don’t see this setter very often so it is something of a coincidence that I was standing in for someone who was away, as I am today, when his last puzzle appeared. Not that I mind because I always find his puzzles enjoyable and today was no exception, though I do have a couple of reservations.

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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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