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Guardian 26,235 / Shed

Posted by Eileen on April 16th, 2014

Eileen.

I don’t think there will be so many ‘too easy’ protests today but there might be some complaints about unusual words. In fact, however, this puzzle turned out to be less frightening than it first appeared, as the cluing was absolutely impeccable and led unerringly to the less familiar entries. I used Google only to confirm my answers and to find links and I thoroughly enjoyed my learning experience.

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Independent 8,581 by Dac

Posted by John on April 16th, 2014

John.

I used to blog quite often after midnight, when the crossword for the following day appeared on the website, but stopped doing so because I would become rather sleepy and tended to make silly mistakes. On Tuesday evening I had a long and ultimately fruitless game of chess, so was wide awake at midnight and decided to revert to old habits. There may be silly mistakes in the blog: certainly there were several answers where the parsing was not clear to me until I spent quite some time on them, and perhaps in the morning I would not have felt that this was on the tricky side for Dac.

All the usual remarks about Dac go without saying.

Definitions in italics.

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Inquisitor 1328: Tribute to X by Lato

Posted by HolyGhost on April 16th, 2014

HolyGhost.

Another long preamble from Lato … 11 entries are unnumbered – thematic or unclued, so about 20%. It’s all about X: thematics cryptically reveal the identity; unclued give a description, field of activity, achievements, what was often completed, a vital aid. Full name & title to be written below. (Oh, and something fiddly going on with 4 – what’s that all about?)
 
Need to solve the clues to understand the preamble, need to understand the preamble to sort out the entries. Let’s crack on.

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Guardian 26,234 by Arachne

Posted by manehi on April 15th, 2014

manehi.

Arachne never disappoints. Hard to single out favourites, but my biggest smiles were from 29ac, 31ac and 8dn…

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Financial Times 14597 Phssthpok

Posted by scchua on April 15th, 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.)   Quite a straightforward puzzle. Thanks to Phssthpok. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Independent 8580 / Punk

Posted by Bertandjoyce on April 15th, 2014

Bertandjoyce.

It’s a while since we last blogged a Punk puzzle. We tend to prefer hidden themes rather than the overtly themed puzzle but there was still lots to enjoy.

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Guardian 26,233 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on April 14th, 2014

Andrew.

Well, we know Rufus has his own style, but with (by my reckoning) 8 cryptic and 8 double definitions I think we can justifiably complain about a lack of clue variety in this puzzle. Some of the CDs seem not very cryptic to me, too. Sorry to be negative – no doubt others will have enjoyed it.

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Cyclops 518: Vladdy bizarre

Posted by jetdoc on April 14th, 2014

jetdoc.

I intended to post this blog yesterday, before I went to Lord’s for the afternoon, but the broadband service went on the blink. And somehow it didn’t get done when I arrived home, later than intended… So apologies for lateness, but blame Virgin Media.

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Guardian Quiptic 752/Provis

Posted by Pierre on April 14th, 2014

Pierre.

A quick look at the archive suggests that this is only Provis’s second appearance, and my first chance to blog him or her.  I thought this was a fine Quiptic.  Nothing to frighten the horses – as should be the case – and a pleasing variety of clue types with some good choices of anagram.  He or she has an eye for a good surface too.

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Independent 8579/Quixote

Posted by Pierre on April 14th, 2014

Pierre.

Another WYSIWYG puzzle from Quixote.  Which is why I keep recommending him to those who are just starting to enter the world of cryptic crosswords.  Bit of genealogy, bit of religion, bit of maths, bit of grammar, bit of everything really.

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Beelzebub 1,257

Posted by Simon Harris on April 13th, 2014

Simon Harris.

It comes to something when Beelzebub is the easiest of the three Independent crosswords one has to blog on a given weekend.

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Independent on Sunday 1,259 by eXternal

Posted by Simon Harris on April 13th, 2014

Simon Harris.

Another very challenging puzzle, I thought. Either I drew a very tough weekend to have to blog both Independent prize puzzles, or I’m losing my faculties.

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AZED No. 2,183 ‘Eightsome Reels’ COMPETITION PUZZLE

Posted by The Trafites on April 13th, 2014

The Trafites.

Nick:  A nice puzzle from Azed this week, although many of us had a bit of a 16 (the competition word) to get it.

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Everyman No. 3522 (6th April)

Posted by The Trafites on April 13th, 2014

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning to one and all.

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Independent 8,572 by Tyrus (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 05/04/14)

Posted by Simon Harris on April 12th, 2014

Simon Harris.

Well, I enjoy a challenge, and Tyrus is a great setter, but this was a pretty hopeless solving experience for me. After several evenings staring in vain at the grid, I’ve six answers written in and no reason to expect I’ll have any more before blogging day.

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