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Financial Times 14,686 by ARMONIE

Posted by Bhavan on July 29th, 2014

Bhavan.

This was a welcome puzzle today as I was running a little late with blogging. In each clue the wordplay and definitions fell in neatly so there wasn’t much to be doubtful about once I had the answers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 8,670 / Monk

Posted by RatkojaRiku on July 29th, 2014

RatkojaRiku.

It is Tuesday today, the slot being occupied by Monk this week.

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Guardian 26,324 by Chifonie

Posted by manehi on July 29th, 2014

manehi.

Enjoyable and well-clued as ever from Chifonie – I particularly liked 23ac, as well as the misdirection in 2, 19 and 22dn.

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Guardian Quiptic 767 Pan

Posted by scchua on July 28th, 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 think this was of the right difficulty for a Quiptic, though 12 across is ambiguous until you get the checking letter. Still, no major problem. Thanks to Pan. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian 26,323 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on July 28th, 2014

Andrew.

For some reason I found this harder going than usual for a Rufus, with the bottom half causing the most trouble. The grid doesn’t help: with no answers longer than nine letters it’s more or less split into four separate parts, and there are lots of words with less than 50% checking. Apart from all that, it’s the traditional Rufus fare – thanks to the setter.

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Independent 8669/Scorpion

Posted by Pierre on July 28th, 2014

Pierre.

Flipping heck, I only put my hand up to blog the Monday Indy on the grounds that it was ‘easy’.

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Beelzebub 1,272

Posted by Simon Harris on July 27th, 2014

Simon Harris.

An interesting grid this week, with quite a few short entries and 90° rotational symmetry.

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Everyman N° 3,537 (20 July)

Posted by PeterO on July 27th, 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/everyman/3537.

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Azed 2198/this and this and this and thus

Posted by ilancaron on July 27th, 2014

ilancaron.

I found this quite hard.  Lots of “indirect” clues — where the wordplay requires solving for this.   A good example is 33A.

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Independent on Sunday 1274/Alchemi

Posted by Pierre on July 27th, 2014

Pierre.

I think the kindest thing I can say about this puzzle is that it was not my favourite ever IoS crossword.  But much more importantly, what did you think?  And can someone explain 7dn, please?

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Independent 8,662 by Klingsor (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 19/07/14)

Posted by Simon Harris on July 26th, 2014

Simon Harris.

This Saturday’s puzzle seemed very difficult at first, though I kept coming back and nibbling away at it and finally managed to finish it unaided by Wednesday or Thursday.

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Guardian Prize 26,316 / Crucible

Posted by Eileen on July 26th, 2014

Eileen.

I’m always delighted to see Crucible’s name on a puzzle, especially when I’m down to blog it. I’m always delighted to see Crucible’s name on a puzzle, especially when it’s a Prize.  So – double delight!

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Enigmatic Variations 1130 What’s the catch? by Picadilly

Posted by twencelas on July 25th, 2014

twencelas.

What’s the catch? well this week in crosswording terms there are 20 answers to be entered with empty cells.

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Independent 8,667 by Phi

Posted by John on July 25th, 2014

John.

As always, a neat and pleasant crossword from Phi, with not a superfluous word so far as I can see (except perhaps in 4dn). I can’t quite see 16dn, but no doubt there will be plenty of suggestions.

Yesterday’s plea for fewer Ninas and more vanilla crosswords seems to have been answered very quickly. But a) if it is Nina-free then this is obviously a coincidence and b) I expect it isn’t really Nina-free. It seldom is with Phi.

Definitions underlined.

 

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Financial Times 14,683 by ALBERICH

Posted by Turbolegs on July 25th, 2014

Turbolegs.

A very tough puzzle to round off, what has been a very humbling week for me. Alberich has dished out a true challenge this Friday, thanks to whom for a very intensive workout.

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