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Independent 8,820 by Dac

Posted by John on January 21st, 2015

John.

What new is there to say about Dac? This was one of his easiest, many of the clues not really very different from those in The Times Quick Cryptic, but the surfaces were as always perfect. I wondered if Dac was amusing himself by having all clues with their definition at the beginning — certainly this seemed to be the case at first — but it soon became clear that he wasn’t.

Definitions underlined.

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Financial Times 14,834 by ARTEXLEN

Posted by PeeDee on January 21st, 2015

PeeDee.

Spot on in every way, not much else to say! Thanks Artexlen.

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Guardian 26,474 / Otterden

Posted by Eileen on January 21st, 2015

Eileen.

I’m going to echo Andrew’s preamble to his blog of the most recent Otterden puzzle: ‘I haven’t been particularly impressed by Otterden’s puzzles in the past, and I’m afraid this one has done nothing to change my opinion’ . My own comment on the one before that was that I was ‘still not warming to his style’, which, I’m afraid, still holds true.

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Inquisitor 1368: Off and On by Nutmeg

Posted by HolyGhost on January 21st, 2015

HolyGhost.

Nutmeg‘s “Any other Name” came equal fourth in 2014, and her puzzles rank among my personal favourites.
 
A small grid: 11×11. One letter must be omitted from the first eight across answers, and one letter inserted into the other eight. Similarly, one letter has been omitted from the first eight across clues, and one letter inserted into the other eight. Fill in the central (barred-off) cell to show who is responsible for this, and the two unclued entries. (All grid entries are real words.)

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Financial Times 14833 Sayang

Posted by scchua on January 20th, 2015

scchua.

I’ve been extremely busy today, so sorry for the late posting, which, due to the time constraint, is barer than usual. Thanks to Sayang. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Independent 8819 / Scorpion

Posted by Bertandjoyce on January 20th, 2015

Bertandjoyce.

It’s Scorpion today and it’s Tuesday so we expected there may be more to the puzzle than usual.

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Guardian 26,473 by Puck

Posted by manehi on January 20th, 2015

manehi.

Found this very slow going, but ultimately rewarding…

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Guardian Quiptic 792/Provis

Posted by Pierre on January 19th, 2015

Pierre.

This was a good puzzle from Provis, with a number of excellent surface readings.  No obscurities, but I’m not sure I’d recommend this one as an entry-level puzzle to someone who really was just starting in the dark arts.  And embarrassingly, there is one I can’t fully parse.  Over to you.

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Independent 8818 by Alchemi

Posted by NealH on January 19th, 2015

NealH.

This was a puzzle of about the right level of difficulty for a weekday. It was a good one for those who aren’t keen on CDs and DDs, since there were none here. There were a few slightly controversial devices and no great humour, but overall the standard was very high. I quite liked 10 down for the general misdirection implied by the clue.

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Guardian 26,472 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on January 19th, 2015

Andrew.

I’m short of time this morning, so please excuse the rather brief explanations below. A very Rufus-y Rufus today, with six double and eight (!) cryptic definitions: some of the latter rather obvious, others less so. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cyclops 538

Posted by jetdoc on January 18th, 2015

jetdoc.

Apologies for the lateness — I had intended to work on this during our visit to London (well, on the train), but my laptop is behaving badly. It was lovely to see various cruciverbal folk in London. Arrived back yesterday afternoon, exhausted, to an office which hadn’t been heated for three days, so my fingers were really not in typing mode.

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Independent on Sunday 1,299 by Poins

Posted by Simon Harris on January 18th, 2015

Simon Harris.

Apologies for the slightly tardy posting. I started this early this morning but was interrupted.

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Everyman 3,562

Posted by flashling on January 18th, 2015

flashling.
Seemed to be the easiest Everyman I’ve done for a while but took a while to be convinced by one piece of parsing.

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Beelzebub 1297

Posted by Gaufrid on January 18th, 2015

Gaufrid.

I seemed to finish this one a little more quickly than usual, perhaps because 1ac and 1dn were my first entries, and then spent more time than is the norm justifying/verifying some of the obscure wordplay, for example 23ac.

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Azed 2223

Posted by duncanshiell on January 18th, 2015

duncanshiell.

Azed has given us another masterclass in precise clueing

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