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Independent 8712 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on 16th September 2014

duncanshiell.

Phi now seems to be popping up on any day of the week rather than just a Friday, but he is very welcome at any time

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Independent 8711 by Donk

Posted by NealH on 15th September 2014

NealH.

  • *=anagram
  • [] = removed e.g. char[m]=char
  • ()=abbreviation e.g. A(mpere)=a
  • Hom. = homophone

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Independent on Sunday 1281 / Nitsy (7/9/14)

Posted by Gaufrid on 14th September 2014

Gaufrid.

Nitsy only provides us with two or three puzzles each year and, looking back, I see that for the last five years there has always been one in September, though the previous ones have appeared a couple of weeks later than today’s offering.

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Independent 8704 by Nestor (Saturday Prize Puzzle 6 Sept 2014)

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 13th September 2014

mc_rapper67.

A third Nestor in a row on my watch … maybe the Indy editor has settled his contributors into a 5-weekly cycle that, coincidentally, matches our Saturday Prize blogging rota? Not that I’m complaining too much – another enjoyable puzzle – but they do say that variety is the spice of life…

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Independent 8709 / Klingsor

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 12th September 2014

Bertandjoyce.

When we saw that it was Klingsor we expected some tricky clues and  were not disappointed. There were even a few that we had to ponder over again when we came to write up the blog!

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Independent 8,708 / Tyrus

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 11th September 2014

RatkojaRiku.

Tyrus is the cruciverbal brain behind today’s puzzle, on a grid allowing for as many as five 15-letter entries.

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Independent 8707 / Dac

Posted by duncanshiell on 10th September 2014

duncanshiell.

Dac, as usual, has provided us with a fair challenge for a Wednesday.   There were no really obscure words.   SÉMILLON (19 across) is not a wine I drink very often but I was aware of it.

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Independent 8,706 by Morph

Posted by John on 9th September 2014

John.

An enjoyable crossword as usual from Morph. There is one that I can’t parse but no doubt someone will explain.

I found this so difficult that by the end I was just relieved to be there, even though there were still one or two that I wasn’t comfortable with. By then all thoughts of hunting for a Nina, which I’ve now done unfruitfully, were out of the window.

Definitions underlined.

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Independent 7177/Phi – online version

Posted by Pierre on 8th September 2014

Pierre.

We’re having quite a kerfuffle this morning.  Because of ‘technical difficulties’, the puzzle in the paper by Phi isn’t the same as this one.  So having never blogged a Phi puzzle before, I’ve now blogged two in one day.  Not a great burden, because he’s one of my favourite setters.  All pretty straighforward, with just one unusual word.

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Independent 8705/Phi – paper version

Posted by Pierre on 8th September 2014

Pierre.

Phi on a Monday?  And we have a note in the paper saying that the online version is different ‘for technical reasons’.  What’s occurring?

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Independent on Sunday 1,280 by Hypnos

Posted by PeeDee on 7th September 2014

PeeDee.

Sound clues and an enjoyable solve.  Thanks Hypnos.

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Independent Prize Puzzle 8698 / eXternal – 30/08/14

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 6th September 2014

Bertandjoyce.

Our comment on the last puzzle by eXternal contained the following: “Good puzzle – a few head-scratching moments, a few smiles and a few new definitions – just the way to start the week.” All we need to do for this preamble is change start to end!

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Independent 8,703 / Monk

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 5th September 2014

RatkojaRiku.

Monk is occupying Phi’s usual Friday slot today.

Having solved the puzzle, I see no particular reason, e.g. a theme or anniversary, that would explain why Friday is not Phiday this week, but then I haven’t yet had time to solve the earlier puzzles from this week, which might have explained things. Maybe I have missed something or maybe the editor has just decided to ring the changes?

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Independent 8702 / Tees

Posted by duncanshiell on 4th September 2014

duncanshiell.

Today’s puzzle from Tees provides a good Thursday workout

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Independent 8,701 by Dac

Posted by John on 3rd September 2014

John.

Dac never fails. His clues always have excellent surfaces and their parsing is straightforward and not open to argument.

Definitions underlined.

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