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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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Guardian 26,359 by Chifonie

Posted by flashling on September 8th, 2014

flashling.

Well, that was a struggle, very hard work and thought for a while it was going to beat me.

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Independent 7177/Phi – online version

Posted by Pierre on September 8th, 2014

Pierre.

We’re having quite a kerfuffle this morning.  Because of ‘technical difficulties’, the puzzle in the paper by Phi isn’t the same as this one.  So having never blogged a Phi puzzle before, I’ve now blogged two in one day.  Not a great burden, because he’s one of my favourite setters.  All pretty straighforward, with just one unusual word.

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Independent 8705/Phi – paper version

Posted by Pierre on September 8th, 2014

Pierre.

Phi on a Monday?  And we have a note in the paper saying that the online version is different ‘for technical reasons’.  What’s occurring?

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Beelzebub 1,278

Posted by Simon Harris on September 7th, 2014

Simon Harris.

A very tough week, I thought. Plenty of nice long entries to work through though, which was pleasing.

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Azed 2204

Posted by ilancaron on September 7th, 2014

ilancaron.

Fairly straightforward from the master.  Managed to solve in less than 2 hours (with frequent trips to TBRB).  Definitions underlined.

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Everyman 3543/31 August

Posted by Pierre on September 7th, 2014

Pierre.

Another sound as a pound puzzle from Everyman.  Struggled with the bottom half this morning.  It’s all there, though: when in doubt, read the instructions.

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Independent on Sunday 1,280 by Hypnos

Posted by PeeDee on September 7th, 2014

PeeDee.

Sound clues and an enjoyable solve.  Thanks Hypnos.

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Independent Prize Puzzle 8698 / eXternal – 30/08/14

Posted by Bertandjoyce on September 6th, 2014

Bertandjoyce.

Our comment on the last puzzle by eXternal contained the following: “Good puzzle – a few head-scratching moments, a few smiles and a few new definitions – just the way to start the week.” All we need to do for this preamble is change start to end!

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Guardian Prize Puzzle 26,352 by Paul

Posted by bridgesong on September 6th, 2014

bridgesong.

This is last Saturday’s prize puzzle which did not appear in Saturday’s paper!

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