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Independent 8,892 by Dac

Posted by John on April 15th, 2015

John.

The usual thing: every clue has a silky-smooth surface that never compromises the parsing. I thought this was on the hard side for a Dac and it took me some while to understand one or two, particularly 23ac, which I almost gave up on, but my parsing is I think what he intended, although perhaps it is on the edge compared with Dac’s usual. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 26,546 – Pasquale

Posted by Andrew on April 15th, 2015

Andrew.

This started off seeming quite a gentle ride by Pasquale standards, but I got a bit held up on the left-hand side by what I think is a rather unsatisfactory clue for 1d. Apart from that I enjoyed the puzzle: as usual there were a few less-familiar words, but generally very clearly clued, so no complaints from me about those. Thanks to Pasquale

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Inquisitor 1380: Serpent Is as Serpent Does by Serpent

Posted by HolyGhost on April 15th, 2015

HolyGhost.

Serpent slithers into view – venomous? We’ll see.
 
Preamble: Solvers must determine how to enter the answers to across clues, listed in alphabetical order of their (equal-length) answers. Taken in clue order, the misprints of single letters in each of the down clues may assist. All across clues and all down entries, including 6 (to be deduced), are normal.
      So, half jigsaw, half normal. (Note to self: the preamble says “the misprints of …”, not “the corrections to misprints of …” – pay attention.)

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Guardian 26,545 by Nutmeg

Posted by flashling on April 14th, 2015

flashling.

A bright sunny morning brings Nutmeg, who can be quite a tricksy setter to unravel.

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Independent 8891 / Crosophile

Posted by Bertandjoyce on April 14th, 2015

Bertandjoyce.

Crosophile appears once a month but doesn’t have a regular slot in the week, unlike other some other compilers. His last puzzle which we also blogged, seemed to divide opinion but we don’t think that this one will have the same effect.

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Financial Times 14904 Neo

Posted by scchua on April 14th, 2015

scchua.

(Work in progress: 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.)  A Neo on the lenient side. Thanks to Neo. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian 26,544 by Rufus

Posted by PeterO on April 13th, 2015

PeterO.

My apologies for the late arrival of this blog. The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26544

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Guardian Quiptic 804/Hectence

Posted by Pierre on April 13th, 2015

Pierre.

I’m usually a big fan of her Quiptics, but Hectence has given us an over-complicated one here, I fancy.  The grid didn’t help.  Anyway, over to you.

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Independent 8890 by Monk

Posted by NealH on April 13th, 2015

NealH.

  • *=anagram
  • [] = removed e.g. char[m]=char
  • ()=abbreviation e.g. A(mpere)=a
  • Hom. = homophone

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Cyclops 544: Who is Silvio?

Posted by jetdoc on April 13th, 2015

jetdoc.

A very straightforward Cyclops for me — an easy solve, with no clue holding me up for long.

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Independent on Sunday 1,311 by Poins

Posted by Simon Harris on April 12th, 2015

Simon Harris.

The usual high quality, enjoyable puzzle from Poins, if perhaps a little tougher than some, at least for me.

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Everyman 3,574

Posted by flashling on April 12th, 2015

flashling.

It’s Sunday and my shift at the Everyman wheel.

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Beelzebub 1309

Posted by Gaufrid on April 12th, 2015

Gaufrid.

I thought I was going to be in for another early finish when the NW, followed by the SW, quadrants went in quite quickly but then the NE took a little longer and the SE even more so.

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Azed 2235

Posted by duncanshiell on April 12th, 2015

duncanshiell.

Given that this puzzle was published on Easter Sunday I was expecting an Azed special, so I was slightly surprised to see just a plain Competition puzzle.

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Independent 8883 by Tees (Saturday Prize Puzzle 4 April 2015)

Posted by mc_rapper67 on April 11th, 2015

mc_rapper67.

An interesting mental tussle with Tees – with a variety of cultural references, from a South African golfer to Dante, via the slopes of K2 and a couple of secret police forces…hopefully not giving anything away, these are all referenced in the clues…

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