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Independent 8767 / Dac

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 19th November 2014

Bertandjoyce.

Another smooth offering from Dac – one or two entries we needed to check, but all very clear from the excellent cluing.

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Independent 8,766 / Hieroglyph

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 18th November 2014

RatkojaRiku.

I have not solved or blogged many puzzles by Hieroglyph, so I approached this one with a mixture of curiosity and apprehension.

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Independent 8765 by Crosophile

Posted by NealH on 17th November 2014

NealH.

I found this an enjoyable puzzle which required a bit of work to tease out some of the parsings. The def in 17 is the only one I’m not sure about. 20 I thought was particularly clever and 19 was my LOI, being an unusual and slightly odd word.

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Independent on Sunday 1290/Commoner

Posted by Pierre on 16th November 2014

Pierre.

We’ve had some very good puzzles in the IoS slot recently, I think, and this was another one.  All pretty gettable (which is the brief for the Independent on Sunday) but with some excellent surfaces, a good range of references, and one or two smiley moments.   Enjoyed this one.

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Independent Prize Puzzle 8758 / Tees – 08/11/14

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 15th November 2014

Bertandjoyce.

We enjoyed this Prize Puzzle from Tees. It took us a while to get started but once we had a few crossing letters things fell into place reasonably quickly.

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Independent 8,763 by Phi

Posted by John on 14th November 2014

John.

The usual pleasant crossword from Phi, as always I find a bit slow to begin with but eventually all quite smooth. There seem to be lots of anagrams and part-anagrams here, which make it easier for the solver, and some of them are very obviously anagrams (as in 26ac).

The two words 3dn and 14dn are a sort of mini-Nina, having a similarity of shape to the things they signify, but no doubt there is more …

Definitions underlined.

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Independent 8762 – Morph

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 13th November 2014

Bertandjoyce.

We always look forward to a Morph puzzle, and still cannot forget his brilliant Limerick based puzzle back in May

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Independent 8,761 / Dac

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 12th November 2014

RatkojaRiku.

Today sees my monthly blogging encounter with Dac and his highly sound clues with their silky-smooth surfaces.

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Independent 8760 / Hob

Posted by Gaufrid on 11th November 2014

Gaufrid.

What an excellent puzzle! Some may disagree with this statement but I enjoyed every minute of it.

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Independent 8759/Kairos

Posted by Pierre on 10th November 2014

Pierre.

This setter has produced some cracking puzzles recently, and they seem to crop up on my watch, which is no hardship at all.  Another well-crafted, accessible crossword in the Monday slot, which until recently always used to be the ‘straightforward’ one.  Easier to solve than to parse in many instances.  But many delightful surfaces, a good range of subject matter, and inventive cluing throughout.

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Independent on Sunday 1289 Hypnos

Posted by scchua on 9th November 2014

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.)  An enjoyable puzzle from Hypnos, to whom thanks. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Independent 8,752 by Phi (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 01/11/14)

Posted by Simon Harris on 8th November 2014

Simon Harris.

Aha. A rarish Saturday outing for Phi, no doubt due to being ousted from the Friday slot by Morph’s halloween puzzle.

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Independent 8757 / Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 7th November 2014

Bertandjoyce.

It’s back to normal this Phiday, and another excellent puzzle with a good mix of fairly straightforward clues and some which caused a bit of head-scratching.

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Independent 8,756 / Nestor

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 6th November 2014

RatkojaRiku.

Today is Thursday, a compiling slot not infrequently occupied by Nestor. Alas, it has not recently fallen to me to blog a Nestor, so I was pleased to see his name alongside today’s offering.

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Independent 8755 / Dac

Posted by Gaufrid on 5th November 2014

Gaufrid.

If you are hoping for a new take on a puzzle set by Dac from someone who seldom blogs the Indy then I’m afraid you are going to be disappointed. I can only repeat what has been said many times before: smooth surfaces, impeccable wordplay and not a quibble in sight.

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