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Financial Times 14,783 by GAFF

Posted by PeeDee on November 19th, 2014

PeeDee.

A very enjoyable puzzle from Gaff.

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Independent 8767 / Dac

Posted by Bertandjoyce on November 19th, 2014

Bertandjoyce.

Another smooth offering from Dac – one or two entries we needed to check, but all very clear from the excellent cluing.

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Guardian 26,421 by Qaos

Posted by manehi on November 19th, 2014

manehi.

Plenty to like here, with lots of cunning misdirection and nice surfaces. Most favourite was 29ac.

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Inquisitor 1359: Comparative Advantage by Chalicea

Posted by kenmac on November 19th, 2014

kenmac.

Preamble: Wordplay in down clues leads to an extra letter not to be entered in the grid. In clue order, these letters give advice concerning 47 across.

Definitely one of the shortest preambles I’ve seen.

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Guardian 26420 – Puck

Posted by Andrew on November 18th, 2014

Andrew.

It’s been a while since we saw Puck on a weekday, though he has done a couple of prize puzzles since. This was a welcome return, with a fairly tricky puzzle that kept me thinking right up to the end, so thanks to Puck for the entertainment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 8,766 / Hieroglyph

Posted by RatkojaRiku on November 18th, 2014

RatkojaRiku.

I have not solved or blogged many puzzles by Hieroglyph, so I approached this one with a mixture of curiosity and apprehension.

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Financial Times No. 14,782 by NEO

Posted by Bhavan on November 18th, 2014

Bhavan.

Another Tuesday, another gentle start to the puzzle week at FT. Read the rest of this entry »

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Quiptic 783 by Moley

Posted by newmarketsausage on November 17th, 2014

newmarketsausage.

The former English teacher returns to the Quiptic slot with a puzzle that left this poor solver with a couple of self-inflicted wounds.

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Independent 8765 by Crosophile

Posted by NealH on November 17th, 2014

NealH.

I found this an enjoyable puzzle which required a bit of work to tease out some of the parsings. The def in 17 is the only one I’m not sure about. 20 I thought was particularly clever and 19 was my LOI, being an unusual and slightly odd word.

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Guardian 26,419 / Rufus

Posted by Gaufrid on November 17th, 2014

Gaufrid.

I originally thought this was going to be plain sailing (to use a nautical term so beloved by Rufus) because all but a handful of entries went in rapidly during my first pass through the clues. Of the remaining five, four were entered quickly now that I had the checked letters but one remained stubbornly unsolved – 26ac.

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Beelzebub 1,288

Posted by Simon Harris on November 16th, 2014

Simon Harris.

After struggling so much with 1,287, this one was quite a relief.

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Beelzebub 1,287

Posted by Simon Harris on November 16th, 2014

Simon Harris.

I’m playing catchup again, almost like some sort of scandalously irresponsible blogger.

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Azed 2214 – Jigsaw

Posted by Andrew on November 16th, 2014

Andrew.

Azed gives us a jigsaw about every two years, and by the luck of the draw I also blogged the last one. As I said then, my first step with these is to group the clues by the length of the answer (to help with grid-filling), and then there’s nothing for it but to do as much cold-solving as you can: the fact that the answers are in alphabetical order is some help with this.

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Everyman 3,553

Posted by PeterO on November 16th, 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/everyman/3553.

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Independent on Sunday 1290/Commoner

Posted by Pierre on November 16th, 2014

Pierre.

We’ve had some very good puzzles in the IoS slot recently, I think, and this was another one.  All pretty gettable (which is the brief for the Independent on Sunday) but with some excellent surfaces, a good range of references, and one or two smiley moments.   Enjoyed this one.

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