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Independent 8,851 / Klingsor

Posted by RatkojaRiku on February 26th, 2015

RatkojaRiku.

It has been a long time since it has fallen to me to blog a puzzle by Klingsor, so I was keen to get my teeth into this one this morning.

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Guardian 26,505 by Chifonie

Posted by PeterO on February 26th, 2015

PeterO.

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Financial Times 14,856 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on February 26th, 2015

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Feb 16, 2015

While still in the aftermath of moving house, I did find the time to solve (and blog) this Dante puzzle. I think it was a typical one, wasn’t it?

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Financial Times 14,855 by Goliath

Posted by Pete Maclean on February 26th, 2015

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of February 14, 2015

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Financial Times 14,864 by MONK

Posted by PeeDee on February 25th, 2015

PeeDee.

A middle-difficulty puzzle from Monk, clues are absolutely watertight as usual.  Thanks Monk for another top-quality puzzle.

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Guardian 26,504 / Brummie

Posted by Eileen on February 25th, 2015

Eileen.

I enjoyed solving this one. As one who delights in witty, story-telling surfaces, I’ve sometimes despaired of some of Brummie’s but there are some really interesting pictures conjured up by some of these! There are one or two less familiar words but immaculately clued, so no problem.

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Independent 8850 / Quixote

Posted by duncanshiell on February 25th, 2015

duncanshiell.

Quixote has given us a puzzle today with some good anagrams.

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Inquisitor 1373: Rules of Engagement by Ifor

Posted by duncanshiell on February 25th, 2015

duncanshiell.

There was a fairly lengthy preamble to this weeks puzzle by Ifor.  It stated "six clues whose answers share a general definition consist only of wordplay.  These answers must be thematically changed to form the entries.  Before solving them each of the six clues providing symmetrically opposite entries must be disengaged, re-engaging their answers to form these entries.  The completed grid contains a number of vacant cells, which if removed would permit its engagement so as to confirm a thematic word or instruction.  Enumeration refers to the number of cells available; solutions and entries are all real words or phrases."

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Independent 8,849 by Knut

Posted by John on February 24th, 2015

John.

Knut made his debut only the other day. Now he appears again, and much of this continues the good start he made. There is a lot I don’t understand; my temptation is to say that some of the clues are a bit weak or unsound, but I don’t dare to because it’s far more likely that I’m missing things.

It’s a very strange grid — perfectly OK and no solecisms with the checking. Was this, together with the large number of clues, done in order to fit in some theme? If it was then I can’t see it.

Definitions underlined.

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Financial Times 14,863 / Jason

Posted by Gaufrid on February 24th, 2015

Gaufrid.

Whilst solving this one I felt that some of the definitions and/or parts of wordplay were a bit of a stretch but this didn’t prevent a speedy completion.

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Guardian 26,503 by Nutmeg

Posted by manehi on February 24th, 2015

manehi.

Lots of fun today from Nutmeg, with plenty of misdirection – favourites were 24ac, 26ac, and 3/25dn.

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Guardian 26,502 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on February 23rd, 2015

Andrew.

Eleven cryptic definitions out of 26 clues? I think that must be a record, even for a Rufus puzzle; and some of them are rather weak, or otherwise satisfactory, as noted below. So, not to my taste, but others may disagree.

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Quiptic 797 by Pan

Posted by newmarketsausage on February 23rd, 2015

newmarketsausage.

A nicely judged offering from Quiptic regular Pan.

A good variety of clue types, and some nice surface readings and touches of humour. All in all,  a very enjoyable start to the cryptic week.

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Independent 8848/Scorpion

Posted by Pierre on February 23rd, 2015

Pierre.

Chuffing Nora.

 

 

 

 

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Beelzebub 1,302

Posted by Simon Harris on February 22nd, 2015

Simon Harris.

Quite a challenging week, I thought, though I did make life difficult for myself by absent-mindedly writing in SKIP at 23 across like a chump.

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