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Independent 8549/Rorschach

Posted by Pierre on 10th March 2014

Pierre.

Has Rorschach blotted his copybook with this one?

In my opinion, not at all.  I really liked this one, although those expecting the usual fairly gentle introduction to the Indy week might have been slightly startled.  I did find it tricky: there is some devious clueing and maybe some stretching of the cryptic ‘rules’ (whatever they are) in places.  There are several where I am not entirely sure if I’ve got the parsing right, so any clarification or correction welcome.

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Independent on Sunday 1254/Hypnos

Posted by Pierre on 9th March 2014

Pierre.

Not a breeze by any means from Hypnos this morning, but still an accessible puzzle with plenty to enjoy.

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Independent 8,542 by Nimrod (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 01/03/14)

Posted by Simon Harris on 8th March 2014

Simon Harris.

Nimrod was a regular nemesis of mine when I used to blog weekday Independent puzzles, but it seems like a long time since I came up against him on a Saturday.

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Independent 8,547 by Phi

Posted by John on 7th March 2014

John.

The usual pleasant and sound crossword from Phi. I can’t see that there is anything really to ask questions about, which suggests to me that there will be few comments, since everything seems to have been understood.

The last time I blogged someone suggested that I described the Nina at the end of the clues, not here, so as not to give anything away before the reader begins (something the software I use doesn’t seem to allow). No danger of anything being given away this time, though. I can’t see anything, but I’ve learnt through experience not to agonise for too long over Phi’s Ninas.

Definitions in italics.

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Independent 8546 / Anax

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 6th March 2014

Bertandjoyce.

Well, we were ready for a Thursday toughie, and then we found it was an Anax today – always a good challenge!

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Independent 8,545 / Dac

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 5th March 2014

RatkojaRiku.

It is Wednesday today, so it was no surprise to find Dac’s latest offering to tackle this morning.

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Independent 8544 / Scorpion

Posted by duncanshiell on 4th March 2014

duncanshiell.

A good puzzle from Scorpion today which brought back a few memories.

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Independent 8543/Quixote

Posted by Pierre on 3rd March 2014

Pierre.

A typical, and pleasing, Monday puzzle from Quixote.  Enough anagrams to get the improving solver going, and then a generous grid which meant that once you’d got going, you’d get finished.  Only a few where the wordplay was a little convoluted, but that’s what crossing letters are for.

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Independent on Sunday 1253 eXternal

Posted by scchua on 2nd March 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.)  eXternal’s IoS puzzles are quite a challenge for a Sunday, but I’m not complaining.  So thanks for the enjoyment which I hope others had too.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Independent 8536 (Sat 22-Feb 2014) Hob

Posted by beermagnet on 1st March 2014

beermagnet.

Hob-goblins maybe.

When writing the blog, I was considering having a moan about 6/12 because it appeared to have the word split in half in such a way that one half NAVI appeared to be a non-word, something which is normally frowned upon in crossword circles.  Then the light dawned, the NA’VI were the blue native people from the film AVATAR which appears at 19.  Then many other elements of the theme became apparent:

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Independent 8541 – Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 28th February 2014

Bertandjoyce.

We cannot believe that four weeks have passed by and we are blogging a Phi puzzle again. Not that we are complaining ……

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Independent 8,540 / Morph

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 27th February 2014

RatkojaRiku.

It is a long time since I have had the task of blogging a Morph puzzle, so I was keen to see how I would cope with it, first with solving the clues, then with explaining their wordplay.

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Independent 8539 / Crosophile

Posted by duncanshiell on 26th February 2014

duncanshiell.

It’s the last Wednesday of the month, so it’s a Crosophile puzzle.

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Independent 8,538 by Alchemi

Posted by John on 25th February 2014

John.

Today’s offering from Alchemi is a very pleasant, not too difficult but perfectly challenging, crossword. There are one or two places where pedants would grumble, but few, and I think all is well (apart possibly from 25ac, although no doubt someone will point out a perfectly sensible way in which ‘setting’ is an anagram indicator).

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Independent 8,537 by Raich

Posted by flashling on 24th February 2014

flashling.

Welcome return from 15sq Old Boy Raich.

 

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