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Independent on Sunday 1258/Alchemi

Posted by Pierre on April 6th, 2014

Pierre.

I enjoyed this Sunday’s offering from Alchemi.  Generally a puzzle in the usual accessible IoS style;  but that said, there were a number of clues where I had to head-scratch a bit before the answers yielded.  Some of this setter’s cluing can border on the elaborate, but from solving and blogging a number of his crosswords now, I think that’s just his style.  As long as it’s fair, which it generally is, I don’t think we can complain.  There is one clue where I can’t quite put it all together, so help appreciated with that one, please.

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Guardian Prize 26,220 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on April 5th, 2014

Eileen.

I really enjoyed this. It all went in without any problems but with lots of entertainment and smiles along the way, with a mini-theme to help keep things going.

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Independent 8566 (Sat 29-March 2014) Morph

Posted by beermagnet on April 5th, 2014

beermagnet.

I was very pleased to see I’d drawn a Morph puzzle this time as I always find them entertaining.

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Enigmatic Variations 1114 Around the World by Wiglaf

Posted by twencelas on April 4th, 2014

twencelas.

Only 20 non-standard clues this week – 6 without definitions and 14 with an additional letter in the wordplay which give a specific way of travelling around the world. However, the grid, also, has a number of clashes to be resolved according to the theme.

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Independent 8,571 by Phi

Posted by John on April 4th, 2014

John.

The standard Phi: all very good and one can hardly find fault with any of the clues, some of which are nice.

I’m not quite sure what the theme is: there are many Australian towns dotted around the grid, and also several Scottish ones, and Perth could be either, but is there anything further?

Definitions in italics.

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MIDLANDS SLOGGERS & BETTERS 4 – 17/5/2014

Posted by Admin on April 4th, 2014

Admin.

Just a bit of advance warning that Eileen and I have organised another Midlands Sloggers and Betters get-together for Saturday 17th May, starting at 1230, with lunch served around 1300.

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Financial Times 14,588 by BRADMAN

Posted by Turbolegs on April 4th, 2014

Turbolegs.

Thanks to Bradman for a grid that was a pleasurable walkthrough, much like yesterday’s from Magwitch. I needed a bit of help to check my answer for 15d. My last two answers in were 10A and 14A which I had trouble with parsing.

Also – thanks to Gaufrid for covering for me last week . Have a good weekend all !!

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Guardian 26,225 by Paul

Posted by manehi on April 4th, 2014

manehi.

Very entertaining from Paul today, with lots of clever cluing – 9/18ac, 21ac, 26ac, 1dn, 5/7dn and 23/20dn were particular favourites. Not too difficult though, despite some unfamiliar words at 5ac, 14ac and 27ac.

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Financial Times no.14,587 by Magwitch

Posted by Ringo on April 3rd, 2014

Ringo.

A solid, not-over-exciting but enjoyable puzzle from Magwitch today.

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Independent 8570 / Nestor

Posted by Bertandjoyce on April 3rd, 2014

Bertandjoyce.

We always anticipate a good challenge on a Thursday, but this was a little easier than we expected, although there quite a few head-scratching moments.

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Guardian 26,224 – Nutmeg

Posted by Andrew on April 3rd, 2014

Andrew.

It’s only just over two weeks since I blogged Nutmeg’s last cryptic puzzle (and there’s been a Quiptic in between as well)> I have no complaints about that: this puzzle is a bit easier than the previous one, but still nicely crafted and with some amusing clues. Thanks to Nutmeg.

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Financial Times 14,578 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on April 3rd, 2014

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Mar 24

Smooth week-opener by Dante with, once more, a lot of cryptic & double definitions, envelopes and anagrams – especially in the Down clues.

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Financial Times 14,577 by Rosa Klebb

Posted by Pete Maclean on April 3rd, 2014

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of March 22, 2014

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Financial Times 14,586 by HAMILTON

Posted by PeeDee on April 2nd, 2014

PeeDee.

I have not blogged a Hamilton puzzle before.  I filled the grid well enough but I am clearly not thinking on Hamiltons wavelength as there are several clues that I can’t quite come to grips with.

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Independent 8,569 / Dac

Posted by RatkojaRiku on April 2nd, 2014

RatkojaRiku.

Dac returns to his spiritual home of the Wednesday slot this week.

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