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Independent 8633/Punk

Posted by Pierre on 16th June 2014

Pierre.

Always a pleasure to come across a Punk puzzle when I’m on duty.  Some straightforward stuff to get you going, but I really struggled to get over the line.  Only one bum and one tit reference today, so those who don’t like this setter’s schoolboy humour have not got too much to be concerned about.

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Independent on Sunday 1,268 by Poins

Posted by PeeDee on 15th June 2014

PeeDee.

My apologies for the late post.   I won’t comment on this one as I cheated to get the blog out quickly.

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Independent 8626 (Sat 07-Jun-2014) Quixote

Posted by beermagnet on 13th June 2014

beermagnet.

Quixote gave us a bit of run around with this one.  A run around of just over 12 furlongs.

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Independent 8,631 / Phi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 13th June 2014

RatkojaRiku.

Phi is occupying his customary end-of-week slot today, Friday the Thirteenth – unlucky for some, perhaps?

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Independent 8630 / eXternal

Posted by duncanshiell on 12th June 2014

duncanshiell.

eXternal has given us a very pleasant puzzle today.  

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Independent 8629 / Dac

Posted by John on 11th June 2014

John.

He keeps on doing it week after week. At no point in this crossword are there anything but super-smooth surfaces and utterly sound clueing. I once likened Dac to Mozart, which may be a bit hyperbolic, but they both seem to do everything so easily.

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Independent 8628 / Scorpion

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 10th June 2014

Bertandjoyce.

It’s a while since we blogged a Scorpion puzzle although they appear once a month. We normally prefer ghost themes but there were some enjoyable moments during the solve today.

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Independent 8,627 by Alchemi

Posted by flashling on 9th June 2014

flashling.

Monday already and once more it’s Quixote, err hang on it’s Alchemi.

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Independent on Sunday 1,267 by Commoner

Posted by Simon Harris on 8th June 2014

Simon Harris.

First things first, I must own up that this probably won’t be a vintage post, as I simply didn’t get the time to even begin this puzzle this week, hence a slightly tardy posting.

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Independent Crossword 8620 by Anax (31-05-2014)

Posted by twencelas on 7th June 2014

twencelas.

A Saturday tussle with Anax – should be fun.

As Anax puzzles go it was fairly standard fare – which is fun by the way. Some obvious answers occasionally but some lovely obscure word play. A good brain pummelling is then required to work out why the answer is correct and my brain wasn’t quite up to it this week.

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Independent 8625 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on 6th June 2014

duncanshiell.

Phi is one of the most prolific setters in the Independent stable.  While Friday is his regular weekday slot, he does also appear on Saturdays in the Inquisitor series where he has contributed nearly forty puzzles.

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Independent 8,624 by Monk

Posted by John on 5th June 2014

John.

Poor old Monk must be getting quite tired of having his crosswords blogged by me —this seems to be his fourth since December that I’ve blogged — especially since I always go on so about CDs and less than 50% checking (as in five answers here). But these blemishes (?) apart I feel pretty positive about this. Monk is one of my favourite setters and many of these answers are very nice and can be explained simply and clearly in one line.

I found this on the hard side and by the time I’d finished was so relieved that I couldn’t bring myself to look for a Nina.  This I will leave to you, dear reader.

Definitions in italics (but in the case of 21ac, where in any case I’m not certain of the definition, I’ll insert italics as in the clue, which refers I think to a book title that I haven’t been able to trace).

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Independent 8623 / Jambazi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 4th June 2014

Bertandjoyce.

 

Well, when we saw it was Dac on Monday, we wondered who would appear today, and were delighted when Jambazi showed up.

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Independent 8,622 / Hob

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 3rd June 2014

RatkojaRiku.

You never quite know who’ you’ll have to pit your wits against on a Tuesday, and this week it fell to me to do battle with Hob!

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Independent 8621 by Dac

Posted by NealH on 2nd June 2014

NealH.
  • *=anagram
  • [] = removed e.g. char[m]=char
  • ()=abbreviation e.g. A(mpere)=a
  • Hom. = homophone

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