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Independent 8,718 / Scorpion

Posted by RatkojaRiku on September 23rd, 2014

RatkojaRiku.

Scorpion has filled today’s slot with a puzzle that befits Ryder Cup week.

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Financial Times 14,734 by ARMONIE

Posted by Bhavan on September 23rd, 2014

Bhavan.

Nice and easy crossword. Lots of lovely clues with good surface stories throughout. Thanks ARMONIE Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 26,372 by Otterden

Posted by PeterO on September 23rd, 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26372.

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Guardian Quiptic 775 Provis

Posted by scchua on September 22nd, 2014

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.)  Sorry for the late blog, as this puzzle was indexed wrongly on the Guardian website. It was an enjoyable puzzle, so thanks to Provis. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Independent 8,717 by Crosophile

Posted by flashling on September 22nd, 2014

flashling.

A sweet musical interlude from Crosophile today

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Guardian 26,371 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on September 22nd, 2014

Eileen.

A bit of a mixture from Rufus today – mostly straightforward but one or two [22ac, 23dn] needed a bit more thought. As usual, a number of double and cryptic definitions – but only two anagrams [surely a record?]. Characteristically smooth and witty surfaces throughout – many thanks, Rufus

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Beelzebub 1,280

Posted by Simon Harris on September 21st, 2014

Simon Harris.

About average difficulty this week, I’d say, with some very interesting bits and bobs of language in there.

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Everyman 3,545

Posted by PeterO on September 21st, 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/everyman/3545.

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AZED 2,206

Posted by bridgesong on September 21st, 2014

bridgesong.

A good puzzle for those who haven’t tackled an Azed before, with several clues that wouldn’t be out of place in a daily cryptic puzzle.

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Independent on Sunday 1282/Kairos

Posted by Pierre on September 21st, 2014

Pierre.

I thought this was an excellent IoS puzzle from Kairos.  Just one or two where I’m not entirely sure of my parsing.

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Enigmatic Variations 1138 Solvable, Surely by Ian and Steve

Posted by twencelas on September 20th, 2014

twencelas.

Two new compilers, or 2 old ones with different names? A long preamble certainly but straight clues apart from 10 answers that must be replaced – somehow – so is it solvable?

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Guardian Prize 26,364 / Crucible

Posted by Eileen on September 20th, 2014

Eileen.

I loved every minute of this puzzle but for me it was over far too quickly – because I was enjoying it so much. I would never say a puzzle was ‘too easy’ – I was just on the wavelength for this one and the theme was very congenial and so it didn’t present any problems.

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Independent Crossword 8710 by NIMROD (13-09-2014)

Posted by twencelas on September 20th, 2014

twencelas.

My run of three Anax puzzles in a row comes to an end. Nimrod it is this week – oh joy!

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Independent 8,715 by Jambazi

Posted by John on September 19th, 2014

John.

Nowadays any day is as likely as the next to throw up a hard one; except perhaps Wednesday, where Dac still holds sway for most of the month. I found this crossword from Jambazi remarkably difficult and it took me ages, although most of the clues seem easy enough after they have been solved.

I get the impression that there is something going on: the members of some band from the 1980s perhaps or some such? [Leonard Cohen, who is 80 today, we are told by Geebs, to whom thanks]

My apologies for frequently mentioning Chambers. I know it is not the dictionary used by this paper, but a) I can’t remember what is and b) it is to hand.

Definitions underlined.

 

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Guardian 26,369 / Boatman

Posted by Eileen on September 19th, 2014

Eileen.

An enjoyable puzzle from Boatman – but not really one to have solved and blogged before breakfast! There’s a good variety of clue types and generally smooth surfaces and a few smiles and ahas to add spice.

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