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Financial Times 14,883 by BRADMAN

Posted by David and Linda on March 19th, 2015

David and Linda.

Thankfully a reasonably kind first challenge for us on fifteensquared.

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Financial Times 14,874 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on March 19th, 2015

Sil van den Hoek.

After last week’s more challenging Gaff we’re back on familiar territory with a pleasant Dante.

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Financial Times 14,873 by Magwitch

Posted by Pete Maclean on March 19th, 2015

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of March 7, 2015

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Guardian 26,522 by Pasquale

Posted by flashling on March 18th, 2015

flashling.

A somewhat tricky Pasquale, he does like his obscure words doesn’t he?

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Independent 8,868 by Dac

Posted by John on March 18th, 2015

John.

There is never anything new to say about Dac. As usual this is a thoroughly neat and satisfactory crossword. I found it a little harder than Dac usually is, although when I look back at the clues there seems to be no reason for this.

Definitions underlined.

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Financial Times 14,882 by AARDVARK

Posted by PeeDee on March 18th, 2015

PeeDee.

Another fine crossword from Aardvark, very enjoyable all the way thorugh.  Thank you Aardvark.

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Inquisitor 1376: Target by Dysart

Posted by HolyGhost on March 18th, 2015

HolyGhost.

Fond memories of Dysart puzzles – usually pretty tough but highly enjoyable & satisfying.
 
Preamble: Five characters involved in a 6 18 are hidden in the grid. Their target is invisible, but solvers must reveal it after the loss of one of the five, leaving real words in the final grid. Five other names (not necessarily capitalised) are lurking in some clues, but their discovery is not essential to solving. Corrections to definition misprints in eight down clues give items that might point to the target.
      And an asymmetric grid – probably necessary, to accommodate the thematic material.

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Independent 8867 / Crosophile

Posted by Bertandjoyce on March 17th, 2015

Bertandjoyce.

An interesting twist to this puzzle from Crosophile – at first sight, a rather odd reference in 1AC to seven other clues.

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Financial Times 14881 Phssthpok

Posted by scchua on March 17th, 2015

scchua.

(Please click here for this same blog but with a picture quiz added. Please do NOT post hereinbelow any comment relating to the picture quiz. Thank you.)   A slightly harder Phssthpok than usual, I thought, and a pleasure to solve. Thanks to Phssthpok. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian 26,521 by Brummie

Posted by PeterO on March 17th, 2015

PeterO.

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Guardian 26,520 / Chifonie

Posted by Eileen on March 16th, 2015

Eileen.

A change from Rufus on a Monday but a similar mix of anagrams and charades – no cryptic definitions, though, which will be a relief to some. Nothing too tricky, I think, but a nicely-clued puzzle, with pleasing surfaces, to fill the bill of easing us into the week. Thanks to Chifonie.

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Guardian Quiptic 800/Hectence

Posted by Pierre on March 16th, 2015

Pierre.

Good puzzle from Hectence, and it came together nicely once I’d got a foothold; but some seriously tricky ones in here, for this solver at least.

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Independent 8866/Kairos

Posted by Pierre on March 16th, 2015

Pierre.

The last time I blogged a Kairos puzzle I was a bit grumpy about it, but I thought this was a terrific offering.  Tough in places, though.  However, any chance to mention the Soup Dragon in a blog is always welcome.

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Cyclops 554: Never a dull moment

Posted by jetdoc on March 16th, 2015

jetdoc.

Medium-difficulty for a Cyclops, I think — I finished all but 23a without much trouble, then had to resort to Google for 23a.

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AZED No 2,231

Posted by PeeDee on March 15th, 2015

PeeDee.

My apologies for the late posting.  I won’t comment any further  on the puzzle as I cheated to get it finished quickly for the blog.  Thanks to frogman for help on some of the parsings.

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