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Independent 8,627 by Alchemi

Posted by flashling on 9th June 2014

flashling.

Monday already and once more it’s Quixote, err hang on it’s Alchemi.

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Independent on Sunday 1,267 by Commoner

Posted by Simon Harris on 8th June 2014

Simon Harris.

First things first, I must own up that this probably won’t be a vintage post, as I simply didn’t get the time to even begin this puzzle this week, hence a slightly tardy posting.

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Independent Crossword 8620 by Anax (31-05-2014)

Posted by twencelas on 7th June 2014

twencelas.

A Saturday tussle with Anax – should be fun.

As Anax puzzles go it was fairly standard fare – which is fun by the way. Some obvious answers occasionally but some lovely obscure word play. A good brain pummelling is then required to work out why the answer is correct and my brain wasn’t quite up to it this week.

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Independent 8625 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on 6th June 2014

duncanshiell.

Phi is one of the most prolific setters in the Independent stable.  While Friday is his regular weekday slot, he does also appear on Saturdays in the Inquisitor series where he has contributed nearly forty puzzles.

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Independent 8,624 by Monk

Posted by John on 5th June 2014

John.

Poor old Monk must be getting quite tired of having his crosswords blogged by me —this seems to be his fourth since December that I’ve blogged — especially since I always go on so about CDs and less than 50% checking (as in five answers here). But these blemishes (?) apart I feel pretty positive about this. Monk is one of my favourite setters and many of these answers are very nice and can be explained simply and clearly in one line.

I found this on the hard side and by the time I’d finished was so relieved that I couldn’t bring myself to look for a Nina.  This I will leave to you, dear reader.

Definitions in italics (but in the case of 21ac, where in any case I’m not certain of the definition, I’ll insert italics as in the clue, which refers I think to a book title that I haven’t been able to trace).

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Independent 8623 / Jambazi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 4th June 2014

Bertandjoyce.

 

Well, when we saw it was Dac on Monday, we wondered who would appear today, and were delighted when Jambazi showed up.

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Independent 8,622 / Hob

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 3rd June 2014

RatkojaRiku.

You never quite know who’ you’ll have to pit your wits against on a Tuesday, and this week it fell to me to do battle with Hob!

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Independent 8621 by Dac

Posted by NealH on 2nd June 2014

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

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Independent on Sunday 1266/Hypnos

Posted by Pierre on 1st June 2014

Pierre.

I think I have pinned this all down, but there are a couple where I’d be happy to be corrected.

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Independent 8614 by Tyrus (Saturday Prize Puzzle 24 May 2014)

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 31st May 2014

mc_rapper67.

A good, honest cryptic work-out from Tyrus this week – no fancy themes or Ninas (that I could see, anyway), just a ‘Ronseal’ puzzle - does what it says on the tin…

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Independent 8,619 by Phi

Posted by John on 30th May 2014

John.

Phi is approaching Dac status: it is hard to find new things to say about him, because his crosswords are always so good and sound and there are hardly any points where you have any doubts.

I have looked for ages at the completed grid, and apart from the fact that at one point in the unches you can read “he did us”, which is probably just chance, I can see nothing. Unless this is some reference to the book and Conan Doyle, which doesn’t seem to be the case. But knowing Phi there will be something.

Definitions in italics.

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Independent 8618 / Nestor

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 29th May 2014

Bertandjoyce.

We ‘ve been busy just lately so tried to rush this one rather than enjoy the solve!

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Independent 8,617 / Crosophile

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 28th May 2014

RatkojaRiku.

As it is the last Wednesday of the month, Dac has vacated his usual slot to make room for Crosophile.

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Independent 8616 / Rorschach

Posted by duncanshiell on 27th May 2014

duncanshiell.

Rorschach is a setter who appears infrequently in the Independent – about once every quarter – but he is very welcome when he does appear.

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Independent 8615/Raich

Posted by Pierre on 26th May 2014

Pierre.

I was pleased when I saw Raich’s name at the top of the grid this morning, because I enjoy having a go at his puzzles.  I liked this one, except for two intersecting clues in the SE corner which I felt were a bit iffy and which held me up in completing that quadrant.

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