Posted by NealH on July 14th, 2014
-  = removed e.g. char[m]=char
- ()=abbreviation e.g. A(mpere)=a
- Hom. = homophone
Posted by NealH on July 14th, 2014
Posted by Eileen on July 14th, 2014
Another fairly typical Monday 5dn of nifty anagrams and double and cryptic [some more than others] definitions, with, characteristically, some nautical terms for good measure. Thank you, Rufus, for a pleasant start to my birthday.
Posted by Simon Harris on July 13th, 2014
Another week whereby about two thirds went in unaided, and then the rest put up quite the struggle. I believe I have at least managed to parse everything this week.
Posted by Andrew on July 13th, 2014
I knew something special was coming up for this month’s competition, because Azed had mentioned in a previous Slip that constructing this one had caused him some trouble. Not surprising, with what are effectively a large number of long across answers, most of which take the full 13-character width. Perhaps as a result of this, there are more down answers than usual (23 instead of 18), with correspondingly shorter words.
Posted by Pierre on July 13th, 2014
Everyman has been a bit trickier over the last few weeks, in my opinion. But he’s back this morning to give us a sound and pretty straightforward crossword, which should suit those who use the Sunday Observer puzzle to improve their solving. I learnt a new word today.
Posted by PeeDee on July 13th, 2014
I found the constructions trickier than usual for the IoS but most of the clues had straightforward one-word definitions which meant I filled the grid quickly even if explaining it all took quite a while.
Posted by twencelas on July 12th, 2014
My turn coincides again with Anax’s – I’m sure it will bring a few chuckles.
Posted by bridgesong on July 12th, 2014
A Parliamentary theme for this week’s prize puzzle, with references to current Parliamentarians from the three major parties in England.
Posted by mc_rapper67 on July 12th, 2014
Hmmm…if you have an UNKNOWN DESTINATION, it might take a long time to get ‘there’ – and so this proved for your correspondent. Every answer must be entered without one letter – wherever it occurs – and these letters make out a quotation (in Brewers) missing a crucial word, which is to be found and highlighted in the grid. The grid also contains a ‘thematic hint’ as to the word’s ‘appearance’.
Posted by Eileen on July 11th, 2014
I’m used to being delightfully led up the garden path by Puck and this time he did it good and proper – a real double bluff, as far as I ‘m concerned.
Posted by Turbolegs on July 11th, 2014
Once again, I find myself blogging for a Bradman grid, which was a very enjoyable romp. I thought he had upped the ante slightly with this one, relative to his recent puzzles. Although 5d didnt find any favors with me, it was compensated for a neat clue in 25ac. Thanks Bradman.
Posted by RatkojaRiku on July 11th, 2014
It wouldn’t be Friday without Phi, would it?!
I found this tougher than the average Phi puzzle and made fairly slow progress through the whole grid. The SE corner proved to be the most stubborn overall, although 26 was the last one in – it turned out that I had the right answer but just couldn’t see the wordplay. The festival at 15 was new to me, as was the US criminal at 29. I have spotted no theme or Nina, but have I missed something, I wonder?
Posted by Ringo on July 10th, 2014
There was something just a bit unsatisfying about this puzzle – it seemed to lack a certain zippiness or precision.
Posted by duncanshiell on July 10th, 2014
Hieroglyph is not seen very often in the Independent.