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Financial Times 14,655 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on July 3rd, 2014

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Jun 23

Dante in his familiar style? Well, he left most of his cryptic definitions at home this time! However, to compensate that plenty of double definitions and anagrams.

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Financial Times 14,654 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on July 3rd, 2014

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of June 21, 2014

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Financial Times 14,663 by Gozo

Posted by PeeDee on July 2nd, 2014

PeeDee.

I always enjoy getting to solve and blog a Gozo puzzle, I hope you all enjoyed it too.  Thanks Gozo.

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Independent 8647 / Dac

Posted by Bertandjoyce on July 2nd, 2014

Bertandjoyce.

We found this a bit tougher than your average Dac, but no less enjoyable – all the usual excellent surfaces were there, but for some reason we had difficulty getting round the misdirections.

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Guardian 26,301 by Nutmeg

Posted by manehi on July 2nd, 2014

manehi.

I found this tough to get into, but rewarding once I did. Favourites were 1, 7 and 8 down.

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Inquisitor 1339: The Man with a Gun by Phi

Posted by kenmac on July 2nd, 2014

kenmac.

Preamble: Crossing answers make 18 down appear a non-word – it must be replaced by the acronym given by the longer down answers (five words in total), while retaining real words in the grid. The fictional character in the acronym also lent his name to a form of joke exemplified by italicised across clues, although for pragmatic reasons a different part of speech has been used in most of the associated entries. Four symmetrically placed down entries are entered unconventionally; single-letter corrections to misprinted definitions in eleven other clues explain what has happened.

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Guardian 26,300 – Brummie

Posted by Andrew on July 1st, 2014

Andrew.

I made pretty quick work of this: there are quite a few clues that either had giveaway definitions or made their cryptic structure rather too obvious (a common feature of Brummie’s clues). I have a couple of quibbles, noted below, but generally this was well-constructed, if a bit low on excitement. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 8,646 / Hob

Posted by RatkojaRiku on July 1st, 2014

RatkojaRiku.

It’s Tuesday today, with its typical pot pourri of compilers, and today it falls for me to do battle with Hob.

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Financial Times 14,662 GAFF

Posted by Bhavan on July 1st, 2014

Bhavan.

Looks like my honeymoon period of blogging is over. This was a monumental struggle which had me scrambling all over Chambers and Wikipedia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian Quiptic 763 / Pan

Posted by Gaufrid on June 30th, 2014

Gaufrid.

I’m not so sure about the ‘Qui….’ part of this puzzle but maybe that was due to the fact that I had slept longer than usual last night and perhaps my brain was a bit sluggish as a result.

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Independent 8,645 by Commoner

Posted by flashling on June 30th, 2014

flashling.

Still not back to normal for Quixote, but a rare Indy weekday appearance from Commoner.

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Guardian 26,299 by Rufus

Posted by flashling on June 30th, 2014

flashling.

Well it’s Monday, it’s Rufus. You’ve probably got a good idea what’s coming.

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Beelzebub 1,268

Posted by Simon Harris on June 29th, 2014

Simon Harris.

Well I never. Another unaided finish, though admittedly it took until Thursday and there was some very tentative guesswork involved.

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AZED 2,194

Posted by bridgesong on June 29th, 2014

bridgesong.

A routine plain Azed this week, made a little harder if you were using the online version.
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Everyman No. 3,533 (22 June)

Posted by PeterO on June 29th, 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/everyman/3533.

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