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Independent 8661 / Tees

Posted by Bertandjoyce on July 18th, 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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Guardian 26,315 by Picaroon

Posted by manehi on July 18th, 2014

manehi.

Not easy, even with the (excellent) long clues falling quite early on, and a lot to like. I could mention almost every clue – lots of deceptive surfaces and definitions, and clever little tricks. Top three favourites: 27ac, 4dn and possibly 20dn…

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Financial Times no.14,676 by Peto

Posted by Ringo on July 17th, 2014

Ringo.

I found this a mixed bag of the easy-peasy, the puzzling, the hackneyed and the really rather clever. With a couple of movie-stars thrown in. Good stuff.

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Guardian 26,314 – Boatman

Posted by Andrew on July 17th, 2014

Andrew.

A strange mixture of clues from Boatman today – some very obvious from either defintion or wordplay, some a lot trickier, an outrageous lift-and-separate that I’m not at all keen on but I’m sure others will like. There’s usually a theme of some kind in Boatman’s puzzles, and here many of the clues, and some answers, involve the idea of speed in some way. There are a couple of places where I think the cryptic grammar doesn’t quite work, and two clues that I can’t fully explain (20a and 29d) – suggestions welcome. Thanks for Boatman for the varied entertainment.

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Independent 8,660 / Morph

Posted by RatkojaRiku on July 17th, 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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Financial Times 14,667 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on July 17th, 2014

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Jul 7

When this crossword was published, it was the 7th of July. The day Le Tour missed my house by less than 100 metres, also an event that was over before I could even count to ten. And yet a great excuse for everyone to have fun or drink a glass or two in their front garden. Here in Cambridge it felt like a Bank Holiday Monday, which it wasn’t. Ten days later, we must conclude that Cav had to give up before things really took off, that Zoom Froome’s dream is over too and that Wiggo didn’t go anyway. Now, why such a long introduction?  Because I am really surprised that, after all the fuss, we didn’t have a Tour-themed puzzle so far – at least, I didn’t see one. Just like we didn’t have a proper World Cup crossword. Instead, it’s business as usual with a Dante – ever solved a crossword with three double definitions to start with?

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Financial Times 14,666 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on July 17th, 2014

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of July 5, 2014

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Financial Times 14,675 by IO

Posted by PeeDee on July 16th, 2014

PeeDee.

For the second time I have been unable to complete an Io puzzle.  Any help with the remaining two solutions would be greatly appreciated.

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Guardian 26,313 by Paul

Posted by flashling on July 16th, 2014

flashling.

Well its Paul so we expect a bit of rudeness and lots of playful word play.

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Independent 8659 / Dac

Posted by duncanshiell on July 16th, 2014

duncanshiell.

It’s Wednesday – it’s Dac

 

 

 

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Inquisitor 1341: Circling the Square by Ferret

Posted by duncanshiell on July 16th, 2014

duncanshiell.

Ferret is a fairly regular setter in the Inquisitor series these days.

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Independent 8,658 by Phi

Posted by John on July 15th, 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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Financial Times 14,674 NEO

Posted by Bhavan on July 15th, 2014

Bhavan.

This was a puzzle of two parts. Some answers went in straight after reading the clues and for others I had to spend time parsing the wordplay after getting the answers. Thanks to NEO for the welcome workout. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian Cryptic N° 26,312 by Pasquale

Posted by PeterO on July 15th, 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26312.

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Guardian Quiptic 765 by Provis

Posted by newmarketsausage on July 14th, 2014

newmarketsausage.

The third outing in the Quiptic slot for Provis, whose identity remains a closely guarded secret.

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