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Independent 8,846 / Phi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 20th February 2015

RatkojaRiku.

As expected, today saw my monthly tussle with Phi.

I found this one quite tough, not least, I feel, because of the high frequency of 4-letter entries. I solved clues steadily but didn’t really feel that I was breaking the back of the puzzle until towards the very end of the solve. In the end, I was left with the clue at 3 (not surprisingly, one of the 4-letter words), which I feared I wouldn’t be able to solve, but I went away and came back and could then see how the clue worked.

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Independent 8845 / Crosophile

Posted by duncanshiell on 19th February 2015

duncanshiell.

A good work out from Crosophile today.

 

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Independent 8,844 by Dac

Posted by John on 18th February 2015

John.

What new is there to say about Dac? Every clue tells a little story. I have misgivings about ‘provided’ as an anagram indicator in 4dn, and I suspect that there might be a typo in 12dn, since my suggestion is so simple that I can’t see why Dac didn’t do it that way (although now that I look more closely he may be right all along, the two words necessitating a verb without s; not sure about this — perhaps someone who knows about these things could drop in and tell us); but a small price to pay for a day of Dac.

Definitions underlined.

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Independent 8843 / Hob

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 17th February 2015

Bertandjoyce.

Firstly, many thanks to Gaufrid, who has been standing in for us while we were away.

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Independent 8,842 by Punk

Posted by flashling on 16th February 2015

flashling.

The online version was a bit delayed today but it’s up now.

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Independent on Sunday 1,303 by Poins

Posted by Simon Harris on 15th February 2015

Simon Harris.

As always, a quality crossword from Poins, who must be thoroughly bored of me by now.

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Independent 8835 (Sat 7th Feb 2015) Jambazi

Posted by beermagnet on 14th February 2015

beermagnet.

Jambazi (a.k.a. Tramp) is one of my favourite setters and one I’d like to see more of in both the Indy and the G.

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Independent 8840 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on 13th February 2015

duncanshiell.

Today we have what on the face of it is a fairly standard puzzle from Phi  

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Independent 8,839 by Monk

Posted by John on 12th February 2015

John.

Rather a difficult Monk today I thought, but as usual very enjoyable. There are one or two loose ends which, thanks to the wisdom of those reading this blog, should be tied up before the end of the day.

And of course there’s the Nina, which I half saw and then forgot, to be reminded by Herb @1, who saw rather more than I did. The bottom row is a clear statement, so I looked at the top and couldn’t understand what was happening. All explained below. Very good. I can’t see why Herb thinks he hasn’t got it, for it clearly refers to the Russian novel.

Definitions underlined.

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Independent 8838 / Dac

Posted by Gaufrid on 11th February 2015

Gaufrid.

One or two unfamiliar words for me today. I think I have met 23ac before (but had forgotten it) but 17ac was certainly new and I don’t think I would have got it without most of the checked letters and a wildcard search of Chambers.

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Independent 8,837 / Knut

Posted by RatkojaRiku on 10th February 2015

RatkojaRiku.

The Tuesday slot is one that is occupied by a wide variety of setters, and this Tuesday we have the pleasure of welcoming a (to me at least) new setter to the Indy fold.

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Independent 8836 by Kairos

Posted by NealH on 9th February 2015

NealH.

I found this quite challenging and it took a couple of goes to complete it. However, once you saw the solution, most of the clues seemed sound and gettable, which the possible exception of 7 which required a degree of specialist knowledge.

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Independent on Sunday 1302/eXternal

Posted by Pierre on 8th February 2015

Pierre.

I’m not really sure what to make of this one.  You tell me.

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Independent Crossword 8829 by Tees (31-01-2015)

Posted by twencelas on 7th February 2015

twencelas.

A Tees crossword blogged from a few miles north of the Tyne. Also a lot of black squares this week – was there an excess of ink at the Independent?

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Independent 8,834 by Phi

Posted by John on 6th February 2015

John.

As I said when posting last week, I am always slow to begin Phi’s crosswords, but then everything becomes clear and you wonder why there were any difficulties, because it all fits together fine and one is left wondering what the problem ever was. Perhaps that’s the mark of a good setter.

I have given up having more than a cursory glance (which of course failed to find anything here) to see if Phi has given us a Nina, since his — if they exist at all — are always so difficult to see. No doubt …

Definitions underlined.

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