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Guardian Prize 26,394 by Paul

Posted by PeeDee on October 25th, 2014

PeeDee.

More of the good stuff from Paul, inventive and irreverant as usual.

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Guardian 26,399 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on October 24th, 2014

Eileen.

A pretty straightforward but very enjoyable puzzle from Paul.

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Independent 8745 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on October 24th, 2014

duncanshiell.

As happens most Fridays in The Independent, the puzzle is set by Phi.

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Financial Times 14,761 / Bradman

Posted by Gaufrid on October 24th, 2014

Gaufrid.

Bradman has been appearing regularly on a Friday in recent months so it didn’t come as a surprise to see him today. As is generally the norm with this setter, there was nothing controversial in this puzzle though it did lack his customary obscure (to some) word or two in the grid.

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Independent 8,744 by Klingsor

Posted by John on October 23rd, 2014

John.

I always enjoy Klingsor’s crosswords. They provide quite a 26a but all is fair and amusing and one can always explain the clues afterwards: indeed, judging by the number of answers written down for me to look at and work out the parsing, the answers are often ahead of their explanation.

There may well be a Nina here but, surprise surprise, it’s quite lost on me. There looked as if there might possibly be a pangram, but some letters are missing. With these rather demanding crosswords I’m always so relieved to complete them that the final flourish is beyond me.

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Financial Times no.14,760 by Orense

Posted by Ringo on October 23rd, 2014

Ringo.

The customary class act from Orense.

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Guardian 26,398 by Pasquale

Posted by manehi on October 23rd, 2014

manehi.

Fun and very tough, this took me ages. Got stuck in the bottom left, and my last ones in were unfamiliar words guessed and checked…

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Financial Times 14,751 – Crux

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on October 23rd, 2014

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Oct 13

Another elegantly clued crossword from Crux. No blog without one or two discussion points, however nothing to be upset about. Smooth start of the week for which thanks to the setter.

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Financial Times 14,570 by Magwitch

Posted by Pete Maclean on October 23rd, 2014

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 4, 2014

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York S&B — itinerary

Posted by jetdoc on October 22nd, 2014

jetdoc.

Here are maps of the pubs — a bit low-res for upload purposes, I’m afraid. I hope they’re legible. I can send a PDF if you email me directly; or maps will be available on Friday evening if necessary.

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Financial Times 14,759 by ALBERICH

Posted by PeeDee on October 22nd, 2014

PeeDee.

Very enjoyable puzzle, some of it easy and some of it pretty tricky – something for everyone.  Thanks Alberich.

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Guardian 26,397 – Chifonie

Posted by Andrew on October 22nd, 2014

Andrew.

As usual with Chifonie, very straightforward clueing, with lots of charades; a good puzzle for beginners that would fit well (and better than some) in the Quiptic spot. Thanks to the setter.

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Independent 8743 / Dac

Posted by Bertandjoyce on October 22nd, 2014

Bertandjoyce.

Another great puzzle from Dac – as usual, smooth surfaces, a good range of types of wordplay, some crafty misdirections and only one word we had not come across before. What more can we say?

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Inquisitor 1355: Holy Inappropriate by Lato

Posted by duncanshiell on October 22nd, 2014

duncanshiell.

LATO is a regular setter in the Inquisitor series and he always provides a good challenge.

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Independent 8,742 / Scorpion

Posted by RatkojaRiku on October 21st, 2014

RatkojaRiku.

Scorpion has the honour of occupying the Tuesday slot this week.

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