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Independent 8,827 / Morph

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 29th January 2015

RatkojaRiku.

Morph is this week’s Thursday compiler and offers me my first Morph solve/blog of 2015.

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Independent 8826 / Quixote

Posted by duncanshiell on 28th January 2015

duncanshiell.

Quixote delivers well clued crosswords where the wordplay leaves you in little doubt whether your entry is correct or not.

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Independent 8,825 by Eimi

Posted by John on 27th January 2015

John.

A pleasant crossword from Eimi. Of course there are references to football and pop music, but I was expecting those. If there is a Nina I can’t see it; it all seems quite straightforward.

Definitions underlined where appropriate.

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Independent 8,824 by Raich

Posted by flashling on 26th January 2015

flashling.

Unusual for a Raich, I can’t find a theme or Nina here.

 

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Independent 1,300 by Hypnos

Posted by PeeDee on 25th January 2015

PeeDee.

A good Sunday puzzle from Hypnos, a bit of everything.  Thanks Hypnos.

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Independent Prize Crossword 8817 by Monk 17/01/15

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 24th January 2015

Bertandjoyce.

Sometimes we find that the prize crossword is actually easier than some of the weekday puzzles – this wasn’t one of them.

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Independent 8,822 / Phi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 23rd January 2015

RatkojaRiku.

This is my first Friday blog of 2015, but no surprise to find the compiling slot occupied by Phi.

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Independent 8821 / Tyrus

Posted by duncanshiell on 22nd January 2015

duncanshiell.

Tyrus is an occasional setter of weekday Independent puzzles.  I think he is seen more regularly on Saturdays.

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Independent 8,820 by Dac

Posted by John on 21st January 2015

John.

What new is there to say about Dac? This was one of his easiest, many of the clues not really very different from those in The Times Quick Cryptic, but the surfaces were as always perfect. I wondered if Dac was amusing himself by having all clues with their definition at the beginning — certainly this seemed to be the case at first — but it soon became clear that he wasn’t.

Definitions underlined.

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Independent 8819 / Scorpion

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 20th January 2015

Bertandjoyce.

It’s Scorpion today and it’s Tuesday so we expected there may be more to the puzzle than usual.

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Independent 8818 by Alchemi

Posted by NealH on 19th January 2015

NealH.

This was a puzzle of about the right level of difficulty for a weekday. It was a good one for those who aren’t keen on CDs and DDs, since there were none here. There were a few slightly controversial devices and no great humour, but overall the standard was very high. I quite liked 10 down for the general misdirection implied by the clue.

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Independent on Sunday 1,299 by Poins

Posted by Simon Harris on 18th January 2015

Simon Harris.

Apologies for the slightly tardy posting. I started this early this morning but was interrupted.

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Independent 8,811 by Hob (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 10/01/15)

Posted by Simon Harris on 17th January 2015

Simon Harris.

I’ve very little experience with Hob’s puzzles, and may not ever have blogged one, though I can’t swear it.

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Independent 8816 / Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 16th January 2015

Bertandjoyce.

A very special thank you to Phi for this puzzle! We have been blogging now for almost 2 years and this is our 178th post.  It will however be one that we will never forget.

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Independent 8,815 by Nimrod

Posted by John on 15th January 2015

John.

What you always get with Nimrod, although I must admit that I tend not to do his crosswords nowadays since they are so difficult and I also usually end up being a bit irritated by something, but this time I had to see it through: quite extraordinarily difficult, for some reason, but some imaginative and brilliant clues.

This puzzle had a rather strange grid, which suggests that it was like this for a reason, but that reason is beyond me. Perhaps it was just because Nimrod didn’t want to go down the evil path of having less than 50% checking.

Definitions underlined.

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