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Independent 8755 / Dac

Posted by Gaufrid on 5th November 2014

Gaufrid.

If you are hoping for a new take on a puzzle set by Dac from someone who seldom blogs the Indy then I’m afraid you are going to be disappointed. I can only repeat what has been said many times before: smooth surfaces, impeccable wordplay and not a quibble in sight.

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Independent 8,754 by Radian

Posted by John on 4th November 2014

John.

One of Radian’s best.  I enjoyed this, just the right level of difficulty for me. There was enough to make you think a bit, but the setter loses gracefully, and does so without any lingering feeling of irritation at not being quite able to see how something worked: everything seems sound and of a good standard.  Some of the indicators of anagrams, inclusions and reversals were unusual, but they were all fine in my opinion.

Definitions underlined.

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Independent 8,753 by Eimi

Posted by flashling on 3rd November 2014

flashling.

Now we are Eight. Nice to see the editor for a change and a generally easyish puzzle to brighten an otherwise drab, damp and generally grotty day here in Suffolk.

 

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Independent on Sunday 1,288 by Raich

Posted by PeeDee on 2nd November 2014

PeeDee.

A straightforward and enjoyable puzzle from Raich.

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Independent 8746 (Sat 25th Oct 2014) Jambazi

Posted by beermagnet on 1st November 2014

beermagnet.

If there’s one thing that is notable about a Jambazi puzzle, it is that every clue surface reading makes sense, but not necessarily one that helps solve the clue much…

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Independent 8,751 / Morph

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 31st October 2014

RatkojaRiku.

I was rather surprised to see that Morph was occupying the Friday spot this week.

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Independent 8750 / Donk

Posted by duncanshiell on 30th October 2014

duncanshiell.

Donk’s puzzle are always a challenge and frequently attract praise from solvers

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Independent 8,749 by Quixote

Posted by John on 29th October 2014

John.

Quixote’s usual very satisfactory and sound crossword, a good replacement when there is no Dac on a Wednesday.

Definitions (apart from in 1ac, which I’m not sure about) underlined. [I wasn’t sure about it, but I am now, so the definition is underlined]

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Independent 8748 / Anax

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 28th October 2014

Bertandjoyce.

An ‘ancient Greek leader’ informed us that todays’s puzzle was very significant.

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Independent 8747 by Alchemi

Posted by NealH on 27th October 2014

NealH.

An enjoyable crossword with a nice mixture of clues, generally on the easy side. My only quibbles with with 3 and 17

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Independent on Sunday 1,287 by Poins

Posted by Simon Harris on 26th October 2014

Simon Harris.

I think this is the fourth Sunday blog in a row that I’ve drawn Poins, or vice versa. No complaints from me there.

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Independent Crossword 8740 by Anax (18-10-2014)

Posted by twencelas on 25th October 2014

twencelas.

Another Saturday Anax – how devious will this one be clued?

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Independent 8745 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on 24th October 2014

duncanshiell.

As happens most Fridays in The Independent, the puzzle is set by Phi.

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Independent 8,744 by Klingsor

Posted by John on 23rd October 2014

John.

I always enjoy Klingsor’s crosswords. They provide quite a 26a but all is fair and amusing and one can always explain the clues afterwards: indeed, judging by the number of answers written down for me to look at and work out the parsing, the answers are often ahead of their explanation.

There may well be a Nina here but, surprise surprise, it’s quite lost on me. There looked as if there might possibly be a pangram, but some letters are missing. With these rather demanding crosswords I’m always so relieved to complete them that the final flourish is beyond me.

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Independent 8743 / Dac

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 22nd October 2014

Bertandjoyce.

Another great puzzle from Dac – as usual, smooth surfaces, a good range of types of wordplay, some crafty misdirections and only one word we had not come across before. What more can we say?

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