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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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Independent 8,653 by Dac

Posted by John on 9th July 2014

John.

As usual of course. When is Dac ever anything but as usual? Such simply-constructed clues, nothing remotely tortuous.

Definitions underlined.

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Independent 8652 / Scorpion

Posted by Bertandjoyce on 8th July 2014

Bertandjoyce.

Thanks to Scorpion for an an enjoyable solve today!

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Independent 8651/Kairos

Posted by Pierre on 7th July 2014

Pierre.

I usually recommend the Monday Indy to anyone who’s getting into the Dark Arts, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this one.  If I hadn’t been blogging this, I might have given up and come here for help; but since I’m the one who’s supposed to be giving help, I kept going and have – I think – just about nailed it down apart from one clue where I am lost when it comes to the parsing.

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Independent on Sunday 1,271 by Crosophile

Posted by Simon Harris on 6th July 2014

Simon Harris.

Plenty to wrestle with this week, and whilst I haven’t counted, there seem to be a relatively high number of clues squeezed in.

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Independent 8644 by Nestor (Saturday Prize Puzzle 28 Jun 2014)

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 5th July 2014

mc_rapper67.

A bit of a last minute rush with this, and apologies for maybe not doing it justice. I did the parsing below earlier in the week, but am now in the depths of Swaledale in North Yorkshire for t’Grand Depart of le tour d’Yorkshire…will there be any Tour-themed puzzles over the weekend?…and only just 25A-ing to finishing the blog off.

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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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