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Independent 8835 (Sat 7th Feb 2015) Jambazi

Posted by beermagnet on 14th February 2015

beermagnet.

Jambazi (a.k.a. Tramp) is one of my favourite setters and one I’d like to see more of in both the Indy and the G.

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Independent 8840 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on 13th February 2015

duncanshiell.

Today we have what on the face of it is a fairly standard puzzle from Phi  

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Independent 8,839 by Monk

Posted by John on 12th February 2015

John.

Rather a difficult Monk today I thought, but as usual very enjoyable. There are one or two loose ends which, thanks to the wisdom of those reading this blog, should be tied up before the end of the day.

And of course there’s the Nina, which I half saw and then forgot, to be reminded by Herb @1, who saw rather more than I did. The bottom row is a clear statement, so I looked at the top and couldn’t understand what was happening. All explained below. Very good. I can’t see why Herb thinks he hasn’t got it, for it clearly refers to the Russian novel.

Definitions underlined.

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Independent 8838 / Dac

Posted by Gaufrid on 11th February 2015

Gaufrid.

One or two unfamiliar words for me today. I think I have met 23ac before (but had forgotten it) but 17ac was certainly new and I don’t think I would have got it without most of the checked letters and a wildcard search of Chambers.

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Independent 8,837 / Knut

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 10th February 2015

RatkojaRiku.

The Tuesday slot is one that is occupied by a wide variety of setters, and this Tuesday we have the pleasure of welcoming a (to me at least) new setter to the Indy fold.

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Independent 8836 by Kairos

Posted by NealH on 9th February 2015

NealH.

I found this quite challenging and it took a couple of goes to complete it. However, once you saw the solution, most of the clues seemed sound and gettable, which the possible exception of 7 which required a degree of specialist knowledge.

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Independent on Sunday 1302/eXternal

Posted by Pierre on 8th February 2015

Pierre.

I’m not really sure what to make of this one.  You tell me.

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Independent Crossword 8829 by Tees (31-01-2015)

Posted by twencelas on 7th February 2015

twencelas.

A Tees crossword blogged from a few miles north of the Tyne. Also a lot of black squares this week – was there an excess of ink at the Independent?

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Independent 8,834 by Phi

Posted by John on 6th February 2015

John.

As I said when posting last week, I am always slow to begin Phi’s crosswords, but then everything becomes clear and you wonder why there were any difficulties, because it all fits together fine and one is left wondering what the problem ever was. Perhaps that’s the mark of a good setter.

I have given up having more than a cursory glance (which of course failed to find anything here) to see if Phi has given us a Nina, since his — if they exist at all — are always so difficult to see. No doubt …

Definitions underlined.

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Independent 8833 / Donk

Posted by Gaufrid on 5th February 2015

Gaufrid.

Donk’s style is certainly different and this puzzle was no exception. With only four entries during my first pass through the clues I thought I was going to struggle to complete the grid but eventually everything fell into place …

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Independent 8,832 / Dac

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 4th February 2015

RatkojaRiku.

I was looking forward to my monthly encounter with Dac today, and the puzzle certainly lived up to my expectations.

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Independent 8831 / Radian

Posted by duncanshiell on 3rd February 2015

duncanshiell.

Radian has provided a good crossword for the commuter today.  

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Independent 8830/Bucko

Posted by Pierre on 2nd February 2015

Pierre.

Welcome to Bucko, a new setter for the Indy, whose first puzzle it’s my pleasure to blog.  I liked this one.

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Independent on Sunday 1301 Hieroglyph

Posted by scchua on 1st February 2015

scchua.

(Please click here for this same blog but with a picture quiz added. Please do NOT post hereinbelow any comment relating to the picture quiz. Thank you.)  Nice Sunday offering, thanks to Hieroglyph. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Independent 8823 by Klingsor (Saturday Prize Puzzle 24 January 2015)

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 31st January 2015

mc_rapper67.

Maybe not as challenging as some recent Saturday Prize Indy puzzles, but an enjoyable offering from Klingsor, with some nice surface readings…

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