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Independent 8794 by Nestor (Saturday Prize Puzzle 20 December 2014)

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 3rd January 2015

mc_rapper67.

Some pre-festive fun and frivolity from Nestor…

I think I quite enjoyed this at the time, but with the extended submission date (and my usual last-minute blogging), not to mention all the actual festive fun and frivolity in between, my memory of the solving process is a little hazy!

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Independent 8804 / Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 2nd January 2015

Bertandjoyce.

We’ve now blogged two Phi puzzles in a row – not that we are complaining, there was a lot to enjoy as usual today. Some lovely smooth surfaces as expected – we particularly liked 13ac, 14ac, 17ac and 19ac. Despite being a write-in, we also thought 27ac was a lovely clue too.

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Independent 8,803 / Donk

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 1st January 2015

RatkojaRiku.

Another fairly late posting today, as, hardly surprisingly, I was not up with the lark this New Year’s Day!

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Independent 8802 / Quixote

Posted by duncanshiell on 31st December 2014

duncanshiell.

I have been blogging on Fifteensquared for over 7 years with nearly 350 blogs, but I think this is the first time I have blogged a puzzle set by Don Manley.

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Independent 8,801 by Tees

Posted by John on 30th December 2014

John.

Tees does sometimes test us to the limits (all right, he did here for me with 16dn, although that was just my fault) but in this enjoyable crossword, with clues that are all so far as I can see good and interesting despite my misgivings about 24dn, he has been fairly gentle to us.

The simple theme uses the unches at the top and bottom and near the sides. In these types of Nina we usually see the unches at the very left and right, not as here, but perhaps it’s easier to fill a more conventional grid.

Definitions underlined

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Independent 8800 by Punk

Posted by NealH on 29th December 2014

NealH.

An unusually restrained puzzle from Punk, surprisingly free of any salacious references (even with an open goal like 24d). There was however the usual range of pop culture references, including some football and cinema. Nothing was very 4dn and the whole was a very pleasant puzzle to solve.

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Independent on Sunday 1,296 by Hypnos

Posted by PeeDee on 28th December 2014

PeeDee.

I have only hazy memories about this one, solved and blogged in a lull between various Christmas activities.

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Independent 8794 by Nestor (Saturday Prize Puzzle 20 December 2014) – PLACEHOLDER

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 27th December 2014

mc_rapper67.

Due to the Christmas period, the deadline for submission of this prize puzzle has been pushed out by a week to Fri 2 Jan, so the blog will appear on Sat 3 Jan.

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Independent 8,798 / Anax

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 26th December 2014

RatkojaRiku.

For once, I wasn’t overly enamoured at the prospect of dragging myself out of bed to solve and blog a puzzle today, after all yesterday’s excesses and the prospect of a much-needed lie-in. However, once I saw the day’s crossword had been penned by Anax, I knew that it would be well worth the effort of getting up, although I wasn’t convinced that I would be able to muster the brainpower required to solve it.

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Independent 8,797 by Hieroglyph

Posted by John on 24th December 2014

John.

All the time that I was doing this the answers seemed to be clear enough, all of a piece with 9ac, and I was telling myself that the meaning of CA would eventually appear. But it wasn’t until quite long after finishing that I realised that CA was 100 Acres, 100 Acre Wood, the place where Pooh and his friends live. I’m not an expert on W-the-P, having unfortunately missed out on it in my childhood, but over the years all the names have become familiar — except for 6dn.

I’ve only just realised (after writing a long paragraph saying that I couldn’t understand ‘would say’) that ‘CA would, say’ is a homophone of ‘CA wood’. Why 6dn has commas but the others don’t is a mystery, though.

But I still can’t see the connection with today. It doesn’t seem to be any significant Pooh anniversary. Is it a non-Christmas crossword? Or, which is far more likely, am I missing something?

A nice crossword from Hieroglyph. Perhaps there are rather a lot of letters indicated by the first or last letters of words, but then perhaps that is the devilish intention.

Definitions underlined.

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Independent 8796 / Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 23rd December 2014

Bertandjoyce.

Thanks Phi for an unexpected enjoyable crossword. We say ‘unexpected’ because we normally get to solve your puzzles on Friday – not unexpected because they are not usually enjoyable!

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Independent 8795/Dac

Posted by Pierre on 22nd December 2014

Pierre.

It’s Wednesday, so it’s Dac.  Hang on …  What’s occurring?  Well, I guess Wednesday is The Night Before Christmas, so the editor may have something appropriate up his sleeve.  Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn, because it gives me the chance to blog one of my favourite Indy setters.  But I need a sailor to help with 15ac.

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Independent on Sunday 1,295 by Poins

Posted by Simon Harris on 21st December 2014

Simon Harris.

Blooming hard this week, I thought. It’s blogging day and despite a week’s labour, I’m staring at a grid that’s less than half full.

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Independent Prize Crossword 8788 by Anax 13/12/14

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 20th December 2014

Bertandjoyce.

“Are we blogging the Prize crossword this week?’

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Independent 8793 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on 19th December 2014

duncanshiell.

Phi has given us a fairly standard crossword today

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