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FINANCIAL TIMES No. 14,800 by PHSSTHPOK

Posted by Bhavan on December 9th, 2014

Bhavan.

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Independent 8783 by Kairos

Posted by NealH on December 8th, 2014

NealH.

I found this ultimately a little unsatisfactory because 16 and 15 across were rather obscure and your only recourse, if you didn’t know the words, was to guess. Apart from those two, it was of medium difficulty: certainly not easy but not so difficult that I became completely stuck. A few of the parsings required a bit of work and some people might not be too thrilled at the Harry Potter reference in 5 down, although I didn’t mind as I have seen a few of the films.

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Guardian Quiptic 786/Provis

Posted by Pierre on December 8th, 2014

Pierre.

I thought this one hit the spot nicely.  You?

 

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Guardian 26,437 by Rufus

Posted by manehi on December 8th, 2014

manehi.

A pleasant Monday solve from Rufus. I liked 5ac, 13ac, 27ac and 7dn.

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Private Eye / Cyclops 535 Bare cheeks

Posted by beermagnet on December 8th, 2014

beermagnet.

One of those weekends where I found myself tackling the Eye crossword just after struggling with Cyclops’ alter ego Brummie in the Guardian.  So by comparison this seemed easier than expected.

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Everyman 3,556

Posted by Matt on December 7th, 2014

Matt.

Another fairly straightforward everyman, with a couple of new words and some parsing that escaped me.

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Azed 2,217

Posted by Gaufrid on December 7th, 2014

Gaufrid.

This is the last time you will see me for a while unless someone else decides to go on holiday. It is also the first time I have been scheduled to blog an Azed since the three I covered back in the summer of 2009, but not much seems to have changed since then, at least so far as Azed’s puzzles go (OK, I know, the recommended dictionary has been updated during this period).

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Independent on Sunday 1293 Hypnos

Posted by scchua on December 7th, 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.)   I recall this was slightly more difficult to solve than usual for a Sunday puzzle.  Thanks to Hypnos.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Beelzebub 1,290

Posted by Simon Harris on December 6th, 2014

Simon Harris.

This week’s Beelzebub was excellent train company on a trek home from The North.

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Beelzebub 1,289

Posted by Simon Harris on December 6th, 2014

Simon Harris.

A classic Beelzebub of about average difficulty, I found, though with some quite tricky parsings, and plenty of nice long anagrams to work through.

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Enigmatic Variations No 1149: Common Usage by Raffles

Posted by Dave Hennings on December 6th, 2014

Dave Hennings.

Raffles is a new setter to me, although I see he has had a couple of Magpie puzzles. Here every across clue needs treatment; most need partial treatment, three need treatment in their entirety, and one of those needs subsequent partial treatment. Sound confusing? Well it certainly confused me.

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Guardian 26,430 / Brummie

Posted by mhl on December 6th, 2014

mhl.

I think this was the toughest prize puzzle we’ve done in while (admittedly we’re mostly just doing them on blogging weeks at the moment due to lack of time), but a satisfying one with an ingenious and hard-to-spot theme.

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Independent 8776 (Sat 29th November 2014) Tyrus

Posted by beermagnet on December 6th, 2014

beermagnet.

My goodness I found this hard.

I started OK with 7 answers in, plus 2 tentative, on the first pass. Then I ground to a stutter and had to leave it for the day only half done, mostly in the bottom and right.
Next day I got stuck in again but found the going tough.  In the end I had to enlist computer help to elicit a few answers.  So something of a personal disappointment on the solving front, but many of the clues that I did get were pleasing.  Tyrus always produces some lovely clues.

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Financial Times 14,797 by GAFF

Posted by Turbolegs on December 5th, 2014

Turbolegs.
A very entertaining puzzle from Gaff. I had written a much longer preamble than this one, but somehow lost it due to a technical glitch. As with most if not all Gaffles (Gaff-puzzles), there is a central theme. 1ac continues to elude me so any help here would be much appreciated.

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Independent 8781 / Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on December 5th, 2014

Bertandjoyce.

Another Phiday! We found this a bit trickier than usual, but none the worse for that. As usual, great clueing and a good mix of clue types.

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