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Independent 8666 / Anax

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 24th July 2014

Bertandjoyce.

We should have looked more closely at the number of the puzzle before we started –  the last three digits would have warned us of how ‘beastly’ this crossword was to solve (and parse)!

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Independent 8,665 / Dac

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 23rd July 2014

RatkojaRiku.

Dac is occupying his traditional Wednesday slot, while this blogger is exceptionally late with his blog for technical reasons beyond his control, alas.

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Independent 8664 / Radian

Posted by duncanshiell on 22nd July 2014

duncanshiell.

Radian has produced a very enjoyable crossword today

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Independent 8,663 by Crosophile

Posted by flashling on 21st July 2014

flashling.

So it’s Crosophile to start our week here, he has a history of including extra treats in the grid but at first sight there appears to be no Nina…

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Independent on Sunday 1273 Raich

Posted by scchua on 20th July 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 made things difficult for myself, by missing the theme until I had finished it, and then saw it staring at me in the across answers.

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Independent 8656 (Sat 12-Jul 2014) eXternal

Posted by beermagnet on 19th July 2014

beermagnet.

It’s about a year since eXternal and I first crossed swords over a pencil and a pint, and since then I try to have a go the puzzle when I hear it’s been set by “the X”.  Particularly when he is in the Sunday slot where the clues are slightly on the easy side – not the case for a Saturday slot – it was hard.

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Independent 8661 / Tees

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 18th July 2014

Bertandjoyce.

Well what a ‘tease’ we have had this week. We wondered what was going on when Phi disappeared from his normal Phiday slot and appeared on TEESday instead – sorry TUESday!!

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Independent 8,660 / Morph

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 17th July 2014

RatkojaRiku.

It has fallen to Morph to occupy the Thursday compiling slot this week and to me to occupy the associated blogging slot.

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Independent 8659 / Dac

Posted by duncanshiell on 16th July 2014

duncanshiell.

It’s Wednesday – it’s Dac

 

 

 

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Independent 8,658 by Phi

Posted by John on 15th July 2014

John.

When I saw that Phi was appearing on a Tuesday I expected a crossword in his slightly harder mode than usual, which we sometimes see in other places. But no, it seems his regular Friday crossword has simply been shunted to Tuesday.

Why this has happened is anyone’s guess. I won’t even think about what it might be. It’s probably the anniversary of some group’s first no. 1 or something.

As always almost everything seems to be immaculate, with the usual crop of excellent clues. The only problem is my failing to see a Nina. But that’s usual, especially with Phi.

Definitions underlined.

 

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Independent 8657 by Punk

Posted by NealH on 14th July 2014

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

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Independent on Sunday 1,272 by Poins

Posted by PeeDee on 13th July 2014

PeeDee.

I found the constructions trickier than usual for the IoS but most of the clues had straightforward one-word definitions which meant I filled the grid quickly even if explaining it all took quite a while.

Thanks Poins.

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Independent Crossword 8650 by Anax (05-07-2014)

Posted by twencelas on 12th July 2014

twencelas.

My turn coincides again with Anax’s – I’m sure it will bring a few chuckles.

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Independent 8,655 / Phi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 11th July 2014

RatkojaRiku.

It wouldn’t be Friday without Phi, would it?!

I found this tougher than the average Phi puzzle and made fairly slow progress through the whole grid. The SE corner proved to be the most stubborn overall, although 26 was the last one in – it turned out that I had the right answer but just couldn’t see the wordplay. The festival at 15 was new to me, as was the US criminal at 29. I have spotted no theme or Nina, but have I missed something, I wonder?

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Independent 8654 / Hieroglyph

Posted by duncanshiell on 10th July 2014

duncanshiell.

Hieroglyph is not seen very often in the Independent.

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