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Independent 8709 / Klingsor

Posted by Bertandjoyce on September 12th, 2014

Bertandjoyce.

When we saw that it was Klingsor we expected some tricky clues and  were not disappointed. There were even a few that we had to ponder over again when we came to write up the blog!

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Guardian 26,363 by Tramp

Posted by PeterO on September 12th, 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26363.

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Guardian 26,362 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on September 11th, 2014

Eileen.

A pretty easy-going puzzle from Paul on his [almost] best behaviour. Nicely-constructed, witty clues, with no obscurities – an enjoyable solve. Thanks, Paul.

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Financial Times no.14,724 by Falcon

Posted by Ringo on September 11th, 2014

Ringo.

A doddle, this, from Falcon.

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Independent 8,708 / Tyrus

Posted by RatkojaRiku on September 11th, 2014

RatkojaRiku.

Tyrus is the cruciverbal brain behind today’s puzzle, on a grid allowing for as many as five 15-letter entries.

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Financial Times 14,715 – Crux

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on September 11th, 2014

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Sep 1

Enjoyable exercise by Monday regular Crux. Good spread of devices although my least favourite device, the double definition, was once more very prominent with no less than 7 entries. The appearance of J, Q, X, and Z made me look out for a possible pangram. However, bad luck as B and V were missing.

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Financial Times 14,714 by Magwitch

Posted by Pete Maclean on September 11th, 2014

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of August 30, 2014

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Financial Times 14,723 by IO

Posted by PeeDee on September 10th, 2014

PeeDee.

Quite a puzzle from Io.

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Independent 8707 / Dac

Posted by duncanshiell on September 10th, 2014

duncanshiell.

Dac, as usual, has provided us with a fair challenge for a Wednesday.   There were no really obscure words.   SÉMILLON (19 across) is not a wine I drink very often but I was aware of it.

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Guardian 26,361 by Pasquale

Posted by manehi on September 10th, 2014

manehi.

Struggled with parts of this, especially in the NW. Plenty of the Don’s usual wit and elegance – favourites were 9ac, 5dn and 6/24

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Inquisitor 1349: Walk This -> Way by Ifor

Posted by duncanshiell on September 10th, 2014

duncanshiell.

The preamble for Ifor’s puzzle – Walk This ¬>Way told us that "Row clues must  each be divided at some point and the parts used to generate two answers.  Each must be modified before entry, one change applying to the first and another to the second of each pair.  Solvers needing a pointer may find the title useful.  The letter involved in the modification to each answer must be highlighted to show a relevant phrase.  The first part of this phrase must be applied to one word in each odd-numbered Column clue before solving and the second part to those of even numbers; all their answers are entered normally".

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Independent 8,706 by Morph

Posted by John on September 9th, 2014

John.

An enjoyable crossword as usual from Morph. There is one that I can’t parse but no doubt someone will explain.

I found this so difficult that by the end I was just relieved to be there, even though there were still one or two that I wasn’t comfortable with. By then all thoughts of hunting for a Nina, which I’ve now done unfruitfully, were out of the window.

Definitions underlined.

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Guardian 26,360 – Nutmeg

Posted by Andrew on September 9th, 2014

Andrew.

This was another of those looks-hard-at-first-but-comes-out-nicely-once-you-get-going puzzles, which is just the kind I like, so thanks to Nutmeg for the entertainment.

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Financial Times 14,722 by PABUS

Posted by Bhavan on September 9th, 2014

Bhavan.

A warm welcome to PABUS is in order from what I can see. Apologies if this is not true. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian Quiptic 773 by Hectence

Posted by newmarketsausage on September 8th, 2014

newmarketsausage.

The Manchester City fan, guinea pig keeper and cinema lover returns to the Quiptic slot with a finely crafted puzzle designed for those just embarking on what will no doubt be a torrid affair with the cryptic arts.  The jaded old punters who just want a quickie behind the bike shed will find some satisfaction here too.

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