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Enigmatic Variations No.1167 – Warning by Samuel

Posted by Mister Sting on April 11th, 2015

Mister Sting.

A somewhat unusual set-up: across clues are given in pairs, and the method of entry for four across rows is thematic (whatever that might turn out to mean), with no definition given.  Another row is unclued, and must be filled with ‘the reason for the WARNING’.  The down clues, meanwhile, are not idle – extra letters from their solutions give ‘the subject of the WARNING’.

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Guardian Easter Prize Puzzle 26,537 by Maskarade

Posted by PeeDee on April 11th, 2015


A real treat to solve and to blog.  Thank you Maskarade.

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Independent 8888 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on April 10th, 2015


There was one entry I haven’t come across before, but otherwise everything else covered reasonably common words or phrases.

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Financial Times 14,901 by MAGWITCH

Posted by Turbolegs on April 10th, 2015


A gentle saunter of a grid today from Magwitch. Simple, inambiguous cluing for most part, ruffled ever so slightly by 8dn. Thanks to Magwitch for this Friday treat.

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Guardian 26,542 by Tramp

Posted by PeterO on April 10th, 2015


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Independent 8,887 by Radian

Posted by John on April 9th, 2015


A very nice Radian puzzle of I think a nice level of difficulty. I say ‘I think’ because I only have an impression, my actual time not meaning much. At the moment I have a strange pain in my right thumb when I try to write, which forces me to write left-handed, which is wonderful, like being a small child again, but incredibly slow, and when I have to write the letters down to get an anagram it takes ages.

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Guardian 26,541 / Philistine

Posted by Gaufrid on April 9th, 2015


I am sure that some of you will have been expecting to see Eileen here today but unfortunately she has broken her wrist and is unable to type so you will have to put up with me for the next few weeks.

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Financial Times 14,900 by BRADMAN

Posted by David and Linda on April 9th, 2015

David and Linda.

Today we learned that an indris is a long-tailed lemur from Madagascar. It was a fun and straightforward crossword, with some neat clues and references to a couple of heroes. Thanks, Mr B.

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Financial Times 14,892 – Crux

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on April 9th, 2015

Sil van den Hoek.

An enjoyable puzzle with Crux back in the saddle.

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Financial Times 14,891 by Goliath

Posted by Pete Maclean on April 9th, 2015

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of March 28, 2015

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Financial Times 14,899 by Gozo

Posted by PeeDee on April 8th, 2015


Another super puzzle from Gozo, interesting all the way through. Thank you Gozo.

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Independent 8886 – Dac

Posted by Bertandjoyce on April 8th, 2015


After Dac’s impressive April 1st puzzle last week, it’s back to the smooth surfaces and straightforward clueing we have come to expect on a Wednesday.

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Guardian 26,540 by Picaroon

Posted by manehi on April 8th, 2015


Lots to like here, with excellent surfaces and cleverly disguised definitions. Favourites were 10ac, 24ac and 3dn.

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Inquisitor 1379: Snobs by Lato

Posted by kenmac on April 8th, 2015


Preamble: Nine thematic answers (one of two words) should be considered as associating only with ‘34-38s’, with each ‘34-38’ suggested twice. Correctly associated, all are 26s. Eight of these are clued by wordplay only in alphabetical order of their associations; the ninth (which is fictional) would have its association differently placed and longer than the others. The two-word thematic answer, which has various alternatives, is confirmed in the ODE. Extra single letters suggested by wordplay in twenty-two otherwise normal clues give two 26s, 34 38s in a more conventional sense.

I found the clues to be on the easy side and soon had most of the grid filled. I never really take much notice of how long these things take but I reckon I must have had the grid sitting at 90% after an hour or so. By this time I had identified the first of the 26s spelt out by the extra letters, 34 was mostly filled and clearly wanted to be ETON whereas 38 deperately wanted to be MEN (or MAN.) The first generated name was GEORGE ORWELL and he was, indeed, an ETON MAN. The first thematic answer to fall was CHESTERTON but a quick trip to Wikipedia refuted the idea that he was an ETON MAN. The thematic entry at e7-e13 desperately wanted to be SIMPSON and I managed to fit it to its clue but I still had no idea what was going on.

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Financial Times 14,898 by ARMONIE

Posted by loonapick on April 7th, 2015


A gentle Tuesday morning

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