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Guardian 26,385 / Tramp

Posted by Eileen on October 8th, 2014

Eileen.

Seeing Tramp’s name under the puzzle is guaranteed to brighten up a dull morning!

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Independent 8731 / Dac

Posted by duncanshiell on October 8th, 2014

duncanshiell.

A fairly standard puzzle from Dac today with his usual elegant clue writing.

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Inquisitor 1353: Eight from Eight by Radler

Posted by duncanshiell on October 8th, 2014

duncanshiell.

This puzzle by Radler had a fairly short preamble, as follows:  "The title alludes to the eight unclued themed solutions.  Only one is from eight, and nine’s too many for the theme.  Seven of the clues adjacent to those marked "unclued have one letter that is out of position, which must be moved to its correct place in order to solve the clue.  In clue order, these seven letters provide a further thematic hint.  Unchecked letters in the eight solutions could make MAFIOSO THUGS RETALIATE".

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Independent 8,730 by Punk

Posted by John on October 7th, 2014

John.

A typically neat and pleasant offering from Punk today. It is themed around 11dn, which is to some extent my time, but I still needed Google to explain many of the answers. What people did in the days before search engines I hate to think: presumably they just gave up. Some criticise this type of crossword, where much of it consists of reading things from the internet, but the quality of the clueing made it acceptable for me.

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Financial Times 14,746 by GURNEY

Posted by Bhavan on October 7th, 2014

Bhavan.

Easy breezy puzzle. 

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Guardian 26,384 by Paul

Posted by manehi on October 7th, 2014

manehi.

Great stuff from Paul…

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York S&B October 24-25

Posted by Admin on October 6th, 2014

Admin.

A message from John H.

I’m sure to have missed people out or to have left out special dietary needs. Please would you check the relevant list(s) below, and advise me of any such omissions or inaccuracies. I can easily swap you from list to list.

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Quiptic 777 by Beale

Posted by newmarketsausage on October 6th, 2014

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The mysterious Beale returns to the Quiptic slot this week with an enjoyable puzzle that may cause a little head-scratching in places.

I say ‘mysterious’ because the profile on the Guardian site informs us only that ‘Beale is a crossword setter’.  The Crossword Who’s Who on the Best for Puzzles site is similarly coy, telling us only that ‘Beale is a setter of Quiptic crosswords’.  I never came top of my class at school but I think I knew that already.  Perhaps Quiptic regulars know more.

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Independent 8729 by Eimi

Posted by NealH on October 6th, 2014

NealH.

This was generally at the easier end of the spectrum, but contained a few obscure uses of words that meant some of the parsings took a bit of research. It feels as if there ought to be some sort of theme or NINA, but I can’t see anything.

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Guardian 26,383 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on October 6th, 2014

Andrew.

Only two cryptic definitions today, but seven doubles (though in several of those the two definitions are very closely related), together with mostly very straightforward clues of other types, suitable for those who like an easy start to the week. Thanks to Rufus.

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Beelzebub 1,282

Posted by Simon Harris on October 5th, 2014

Simon Harris.

A bit of a rollercoaster for me this week. When 1 across dropped in straight away, I thought this was going to be an easy ride. An hour later the second answer fell into place.

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Everyman 3547/28 September

Posted by Pierre on October 5th, 2014

Pierre.

Another pleasing Sunday morning crossword from Everyman.  One or two old chesnutty friends making an appearance, but it’s a puzzle for improving solvers, so we won’t quibble.

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Genius 135 / Crucible

Posted by duncanshiell on October 5th, 2014

duncanshiell.

The preamble told us that all solutions are thematic, wholly or in part.  All clues contain normal definitions but, with 18 of them, the wordplay ignores the thematic element.

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Azed 2208

Posted by Andrew on October 5th, 2014

Andrew.

I thought I was off to a good start with this when I got all four of the long answers around the edges (including 34a by some inspired guesswork). I then polished off the top half pretty quickly, but had a lot more trouble with the bottom, for no particular reason that I can see looking back. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent on Sunday 1,284 by Commoner

Posted by PeeDee on October 5th, 2014

PeeDee.

I found this very enjoyable, a good example of how to make a crossword accessible without making it dull.  Something in here for everybody.  Thanks Commoner.

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