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Independent 8649 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on 4th July 2014

duncanshiell.

Phi  continues to tease on Fridays

 

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Independent 8,648 by Monk

Posted by John on 3rd July 2014

John.

This is getting silly. Monk is a mathematician and so is no doubt well aware of the probabilities, but his last four Independent crosswords have all been blogged by me. How likely was that? He’s probably getting rather tired of this, but I’m not, for his crosswords are always good. Tough, though, especially this one, where I had to admit defeat on one clue.

 

 

 

The letters around the outside suggest a Nina of some sort, but I can find nothing except the word ‘orgy’ on the right, which is perhaps a coincidence. But I did find ‘Placebo’ in the second row of unches, then further down ‘Brian Molko’. I imagined that Monk had a friend called Brian Molko who was involved in medical research, but a little Googling quickly revealed my disgraceful ignorance. Evidently they are a group and BM is their lead vocalist and guitarist. No doubt their songs are placed around the answers, but I leave that to you since I can’t find any album names or singles there.

 

Definitions underlined (except for one of them (5dn, which is fortunately obvious) which I forgot when doing the blog and can’t now recover).

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Independent 8647 / Dac

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 2nd July 2014

Bertandjoyce.

We found this a bit tougher than your average Dac, but no less enjoyable – all the usual excellent surfaces were there, but for some reason we had difficulty getting round the misdirections.

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Independent 8,646 / Hob

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 1st July 2014

RatkojaRiku.

It’s Tuesday today, with its typical pot pourri of compilers, and today it falls for me to do battle with Hob.

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Independent 8,645 by Commoner

Posted by flashling on 30th June 2014

flashling.

Still not back to normal for Quixote, but a rare Indy weekday appearance from Commoner.

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Independent on Sunday 1270/Hypnos

Posted by Pierre on 29th June 2014

Pierre.

Hypnos must be getting fed up with me blogging his IoS puzzles, since this is the third in a row that has come up on my shift.  Generally I enjoyed it, and this setter does write some good surfaces; but there are one or two quibbles that I’d be interested in other people’s opinion about.

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Independent Saturday Prize Puzzle 8638 / Tyrus

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 28th June 2014

Bertandjoyce.

We enjoyed this challenging puzzle from Tyrus – some very good clues and plenty of crafty misdirection.

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Independent 8,643 by Phi

Posted by John on 27th June 2014

John.

Phi’s usual sound and pleasant crossword. I found this slightly harder than usual for him, which explains the rather late posting. Also there were a few parsings which only became clear once I actually wrote up the blog.

All the loose ends round the outside suggest a Nina, but apparently not. No doubt there is something subtle and for me quite undiscoverable.

Definitions underlined. At least so far as I can see.

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Independent 8642 / Klingsor

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 26th June 2014

Bertandjoyce.

A Thursday Klingsor! We anticipated a good challenge and we weren’t disappointed.

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Independent 8,641 / Quixote

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 25th June 2014

RatkojaRiku.

Unusually, Quixote is occupying the Wednesday slot, where I was expecting to find Crosophile, it being the last Wednesday of the month.

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Independent 8640 / Radian

Posted by duncanshiell on 24th June 2014

duncanshiell.

Radian has taken me down memory lane today.

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Independent 8639 / Tees

Posted by Gaufrid on 23rd June 2014

Gaufrid.

Due to the late appearance of this puzzle on-line we have a change to the scheduled blogger. I was rather surprised to see Tees on a Monday but also pleased, particularly as I knew that I was going to have to blog it.

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Independent on Sunday 1269 Kairos

Posted by scchua on 22nd June 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.)  This, I recalled, required more than one sitting to crack.  Thanks to Kairos.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Independent 8,632 by Donk (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 14/06/14)

Posted by Simon Harris on 21st June 2014

Simon Harris.

I do enjoy a Donk puzzle, though have only once before blogged one.

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Independent 8637 / Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 20th June 2014

Bertandjoyce.

How time Phlies – it’s Friday again – another Phi to solve!

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