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Independent 8,863 by Donk

Posted by John on 12th March 2015

John.

What has Donk inflicted on us? This was probably the most difficult crossword I’ve ever done, although many of the clues were very neat.  It was completely filled in eventually but I got four answers wrong, and the fact that four of the clues begin “One left” and five of them begin “One right” didn’t help the solving.

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Independent 8862 / Dac

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 11th March 2015

Bertandjoyce.

Another well-crafted offering from Dac this week, but one clue didn’t seem to fit the normally excellent surfaces and wordplay.

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Independent 8,861 / Radian

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 10th March 2015

RatkojaRiku.

Owing to difficulties accessing the puzzle, I am posting this blog somewhat later than is customary, for which I apologise.

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Independent 8,860 by Morph

Posted by flashling on 9th March 2015

flashling.

Morph appears – to start our week in the Indy

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Independent on Sunday 1306/Daedalus

Posted by Pierre on 8th March 2015

Pierre.

Daedalus made his debut in the IoS a month or so ago, and I wasn’t mad keen on that puzzle, so he’s probably not too chuffed that his second outing has fallen to me to blog once again.  If you read below you’ll see what I thought; but much more importantly, did you enjoy it?

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Independent 8853 by Alchemi (Saturday Prize Puzzle 28 February 2015)

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 7th March 2015

mc_rapper67.

A pleasant, if gentle, workout from Alchemi – no particular theme or Nina that I could see, but some symmetrically placed (10, 4), (4, 10) connected pairs of clues, and a couple of ‘curved ball’ references, one familiar to me, the other not…

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Independent 8,858 by Phi

Posted by John on 6th March 2015

John.

The usual from Phi: a very pleasant and sound crossword that maintains the high standard. And as usual I am a bit lost on one or two, but these will I’m sure be explained.

As I say below, I had thought there might be an astronomical theme, but failing that, and this theory does I think fail, I can’t see anything else.

Definitions underlined.

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Independent 8857 / Tees

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 5th March 2015

Bertandjoyce.

We have come to expect the Thursday Indy puzzle to be tricky, and this offering from Tees was no exception.

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Independent 8,856 / Dac

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 4th March 2015

RatkojaRiku.

It is Wednesday today, so it is Dac’s weekly opportunity to put Indy solvers through their paces.

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Independent 8855 / Hieroglyph

Posted by duncanshiell on 3rd March 2015

duncanshiell.

Hieroglyph appears on a monthly basis in the Independent weekday series.

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Independent 8854 by eXternal

Posted by NealH on 2nd March 2015

NealH.

After a tough Monday puzzle last week, this was back to more gentle fare with plenty of easier clues to get you enough crossing letters to do the trickier stuff.

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Independent on Sunday 1305 Commoner

Posted by scchua on 1st March 2015

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.)  A slow start, but it turned out all right. Thank you to Commoner. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Independent Prize Crossword 8847 by Anax, 21/02/15

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 28th February 2015

Bertandjoyce.

We always look forward to the challenge of an Anax prize puzzle and this was definitely a challenge! However, we’re not wildly enthusiastic about long anagrams and this puzzle has eight fifteen-letter answers, three of which are anagrams and two more have anagrams within the solutions, so this took the edge off the challenge to a certain extent.

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Independent 8852 / Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 27th February 2015

Bertandjoyce.

Well, it’s Phiday again, and he seems to be getting tougher these days. Last week’s offering seemed more tricky than usual, and this one also took us longer than expected.

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Independent 8,851 / Klingsor

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 26th February 2015

RatkojaRiku.

It has been a long time since it has fallen to me to blog a puzzle by Klingsor, so I was keen to get my teeth into this one this morning.

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