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Independent on Sunday 1294/Commoner

Posted by Pierre on 14th December 2014

Pierre.

A sound Sunday puzzle from Commoner in the usual IoS style.

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Independent 8,782 by Nimrod (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 06/12/14)

Posted by Simon Harris on 13th December 2014

Simon Harris.

One doesn’t necessarily expect a stroll in the park with Nimrod, so I was very pleased to finish this one, albeit without fully understanding quite how everything worked.

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Independent 8,787 by Phi

Posted by John on 12th December 2014

John.

As usual with Phi I was a little slow to get started as few answers seemed to be obvious, but once going it all seemed clear enough. And then I came to a long halt with the last three, 21ac, 19dn and 22dn, which wouldn’t budge. The somewhat unusual sense of ‘clipped’ is my excuse; although it isn’t perhaps all that unusual, being the first item in the second Chambers definition.

In the end it was the usual very pleasant Phi experience. Lots of single-letter abbreviations here: is this a theme? (l = league, d = depth, f = farthing, n = note, E = European, r = runs, h = hard, n = name, m = millions, o = old, s = son, again n = note, and perhaps others I’ve missed.)

The unches at the top and the bottom spell out two words which no doubt send us to some series of books that escape my experience.

Definitions underlined.

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Independent 8786/Hob

Posted by Pierre on 11th December 2014

Pierre.

I find myself blogging – for reasons too embarrassing to elucidate in public – in the Thursday slot.  Which is usually hard, and is indeed hard today.  Since I am out of my depth, any help with the ones I couldn’t quite parse would be welcome.

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Independent 8,785 / Dac

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 10th December 2014

RatkojaRiku.

As expected, Dac’s latest puzzle was waiting for me this Wednesday morning.

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Independent 8784 / Alchemi

Posted by duncanshiell on 9th December 2014

duncanshiell.

This is my first blog after a few wonderful weeks in New Zealand.  The puzzle by Alchemi has provided a pleasant re-introduction to blogging.  

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Independent 8783 by Kairos

Posted by NealH on 8th December 2014

NealH.

I found this ultimately a little unsatisfactory because 16 and 15 across were rather obscure and your only recourse, if you didn’t know the words, was to guess. Apart from those two, it was of medium difficulty: certainly not easy but not so difficult that I became completely stuck. A few of the parsings required a bit of work and some people might not be too thrilled at the Harry Potter reference in 5 down, although I didn’t mind as I have seen a few of the films.

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Independent on Sunday 1293 Hypnos

Posted by scchua on 7th December 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.)   I recall this was slightly more difficult to solve than usual for a Sunday puzzle.  Thanks to Hypnos.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Independent 8776 (Sat 29th November 2014) Tyrus

Posted by beermagnet on 6th December 2014

beermagnet.

My goodness I found this hard.

I started OK with 7 answers in, plus 2 tentative, on the first pass. Then I ground to a stutter and had to leave it for the day only half done, mostly in the bottom and right.
Next day I got stuck in again but found the going tough.  In the end I had to enlist computer help to elicit a few answers.  So something of a personal disappointment on the solving front, but many of the clues that I did get were pleasing.  Tyrus always produces some lovely clues.

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Independent 8781 / Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 5th December 2014

Bertandjoyce.

Another Phiday! We found this a bit trickier than usual, but none the worse for that. As usual, great clueing and a good mix of clue types.

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Independent 8,780 / Tees

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 4th December 2014

RatkojaRiku.

Tees is occupying the Thursday slot, one which is visited by a wide range of compilers over the course of a year.

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Independent 8779 / Dac

Posted by Gaufrid on 3rd December 2014

Gaufrid.

What is there to say about a Dac puzzle that hasn’t been said before? I could very easily just link to, or copy and paste from, the preamble I wrote four weeks ago.

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Independent 9,778 by Radian

Posted by John on 2nd December 2014

John.

Three checked letters in a seven-letter answer is bad enough; two in a five-letter answer is even worse. Unless, some say, Radian has been constrained by a Nina and has been forced to use answers of this type. If he has (and of course I can’t see it) then perhaps this is justified. And anyway it’s only my view (but also that of some eminent others, I might add).

Pity, because much of this crossword is good, and there are some excellent clues. I particularly enjoyed 1dn.

Definitions underlined.

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Independent 8777/Raich

Posted by Pierre on 1st December 2014

Pierre.

Always a little smile when I see that it’s Raich for my Monday Indy blog.  Enjoyed this one, but there were some that I struggled to see and parse.  It yielded in the end.

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Independent on Sunday 1,292 by eXternal

Posted by PeeDee on 30th November 2014

PeeDee.

I found this one a whole lot harder than any other IoS puzzle I have blogged.  There are still a couple I can’t completely explain.  Good fun, but I am glad I had plenty of time to sole this one!  Thanks eXternal.

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