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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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Independent 8700 / Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 2nd September 2014

Bertandjoyce.

Phi on a Tuesday? Is there something special coming on Phiday?

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Independent 8699 / Rorschach

Posted by Gaufrid on 1st September 2014

Gaufrid.

There was much to enjoy in this puzzle despite its political and sports references not being of my persuasion.

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Independent on Sunday 1,279 by Poins

Posted by Simon Harris on 31st August 2014

Simon Harris.

Another quality puzzle from Poins, with lots of nice anagrams to work through. I managed this in one sitting in the pub, making for a very pleasant Sunday afternoon. I don’t seem to have made any particularly enlightening notes, so we can probably assume it was all pretty smooth sailing.

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Independent 8,692 by Klingsor (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 23/08/14)

Posted by Simon Harris on 30th August 2014

Simon Harris.

Classic Klingsor really, and very enjoyable. I seemed to get through this fairly swiftly, though the crossing pair of 10 across and 7 down beat me completely, and I had to go online to discover the answers. I still cannot explain them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 8697 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on 29th August 2014

duncanshiell.

A standard Friday crossword from Phi today

 

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Independent 8,696 by Hob

Posted by John on 28th August 2014

John.

For a long time — in fact until I actually did the blog — I thought that this was themed around 14ac 21dn and was prepared to apologise for my ignorance of his works. but it became clear that in fact the theme was more general. Hob has fitted in many answers with a link to the theme and I have probably missed some of them.

All very cleverly done and apart from my very occasional doubts, which are probably unjustified anyway, a pleasant crossword.

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