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Financial Times 14,830 by MAGWITCH

Posted by Turbolegs on January 16th, 2015

Turbolegs.

Magwitch, this Friday at long last ! She brings this work week to a close with a gentle and relatively straightforward challenge, which in keeping with her inimitable style, has several smooth and clean surfaces with a whiff of inventive constructions.

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Independent 8,815 by Nimrod

Posted by John on January 15th, 2015

John.

What you always get with Nimrod, although I must admit that I tend not to do his crosswords nowadays since they are so difficult and I also usually end up being a bit irritated by something, but this time I had to see it through: quite extraordinarily difficult, for some reason, but some imaginative and brilliant clues.

This puzzle had a rather strange grid, which suggests that it was like this for a reason, but that reason is beyond me. Perhaps it was just because Nimrod didn’t want to go down the evil path of having less than 50% checking.

Definitions underlined.

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Financial Times no.14,829 by Flimsy

Posted by Ringo on January 15th, 2015

Ringo.

No complaints, but not much to shout about, either: a bit of a ho-hum solve for me, all in all, redeemed in part by fuss-free clueing and some nice surfaces.

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Guardian Cryptic 26469 Paul

Posted by scchua on January 15th, 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.)   About midway in difficulty level for a Paul puzzle, I thought. Thanks to Paul. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Financial Times 14,820 – Falcon

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on January 15th, 2015

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Jan 5

Excellent crossword from Falcon that I found a bit more challenging than his average output (including the Observer’s Everyman).

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Financial Times 14,819 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on January 15th, 2015

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 3, 2015

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Financial Times 14,828 by ALBERICH

Posted by PeeDee on January 14th, 2015

PeeDee.

I have blogged a few Alberich puzzles now and they have been consistently good, this one no exception.  Thanks Alberich.

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Independent 8814 / Dac

Posted by duncanshiell on January 14th, 2015

duncanshiell.

This was another enjoyable puzzle from Dac.

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Guardian 26,468 by Chifonie

Posted by PeterO on January 14th, 2015

PeterO.

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Inquisitor 1367: Shortness of Clues by Schadenfreude

Posted by kenmac on January 14th, 2015

kenmac.

Preamble: To compensate for the loss of half of the clues, the editor has inserted (in an appropriate order) an extra letter in each of the remaining clues (most of which didn’t make much sense). One clued answer is a seldom used variant spelling given in Collins.

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Independent 8,813 / Crosophile

Posted by RatkojaRiku on January 13th, 2015

RatkojaRiku.

Tuesday’s slot typically has multiple occupants, and today’s is Crosophile.

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Guardian 26,467 / Nutmeg

Posted by Eileen on January 13th, 2015

Eileen.

I see that in the preamble to my last blog of a Nutmeg puzzle I referred to the elegance of the clues, the silky smoothness of the surfaces and the lightness of touch. Here’s more of the same. Favourite clues from a nicely varied set: 11, 14 and 18ac and 6, 13 and 19dn.

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Financial Times No. 14,827 by NEO

Posted by Bhavan on January 13th, 2015

Bhavan.

Entertaining puzzle this. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 26,466 – Rufus (updated from placeholder)

Posted by manehi on January 12th, 2015

manehi.
Due to some nasty delays at the airport I won’t be able to blog until 2pm (UK) or so, but discuss away!

Blog now updated – thanks for the comments, and the good wishes.

Found this both easier and more fun than usual for Rufus, most likely because I was, for once, on the right wavelength for most of the many cryptic and double defs. Favourites were 13dn and 21dn…

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Independent 8812/Kairos

Posted by Pierre on January 12th, 2015

Pierre.

I’ve really enjoyed the last few Kairos puzzles that I’ve solved and blogged, but this one contained some stuff that I wasn’t enamoured with.  Some really remote synonyms are my main complaint.  Took me ages.  Could just be that I’m having a bad hair day, so tell me what you thought of it.

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