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AZED 2,228/hi-tech

Posted by ilancaron on February 22nd, 2015

ilancaron.

I found this hard at first and didn’t make much headway until I’d cracked a couple of the long downs.  Azed’s tech-knowledge surprised me a bit — so much so that I resisted both tech-centric answers until I could do so no longer.

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Independent on Sunday 1,304 by Hypnos

Posted by PeeDee on February 22nd, 2015

PeeDee.

I liked this grid with words all the way round the border, it is a long while since I saw one of these.  Good to have the minimum of black space on the grid, value for money!

There are a couple of clues where I don’t quite get the wording, even though I’m sure I have the correct answer.  Thanks to Hypnos for an enjoyable Sunday solve.

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Independent 8,841 by Nestor (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 21/02/15)

Posted by Simon Harris on February 21st, 2015

Simon Harris.

Nestor has sometimes been described as one of the easier of the Saturday Independent setters. I guess these things are relative, as I found this one quite a challenge.

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Guardian Prize No 26,495 by Paul

Posted by bridgesong on February 21st, 2015

bridgesong.

An alphabetical jigsaw – with rhyming couplets, no less! – to celebrate what would have been Araucaria’s 94th birthday on Monday of this week. Read the rest of this entry »

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1160: Around Eve by Nod

Posted by mc_rapper67 on February 21st, 2015

mc_rapper67.

A nice short preamble…only 24 clues…this should be a doddle! But hang on, what is going on with the grid? No bars, no grid numbers, except 1-12 along the ‘axes’. No clue enumerations either…there must be more to this than meets the eye…

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Guardian 26,500 – Puck

Posted by Andrew on February 20th, 2015

Andrew.

Some good Puckish fun today – nicely positioned in difficulty, but with a twist…

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Independent 8,846 / Phi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on February 20th, 2015

RatkojaRiku.

As expected, today saw my monthly tussle with Phi.

I found this one quite tough, not least, I feel, because of the high frequency of 4-letter entries. I solved clues steadily but didn’t really feel that I was breaking the back of the puzzle until towards the very end of the solve. In the end, I was left with the clue at 3 (not surprisingly, one of the 4-letter words), which I feared I wouldn’t be able to solve, but I went away and came back and could then see how the clue worked.

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Financial Times 14,860 by MUDD

Posted by Turbolegs on February 20th, 2015

Turbolegs.

An excellent challenge from MUDD today! Several fantastic clues peppered all over the grid and a real treat for someone wanting to bite into tantalizing cryptic crosswords.

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Financial Times 14,859 / Falcon

Posted by Gaufrid on February 19th, 2015

Gaufrid.

A good puzzle for tyros but not enough grey cell exercise for this solver as it required only one pass through the clues in order to complete the grid.

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Guardian 26,499 by Paul

Posted by flashling on February 19th, 2015

flashling.

Scchua is away celebrating the Chinese new year so you’ve got me you lucky chaps & chapesses

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Independent 8845 / Crosophile

Posted by duncanshiell on February 19th, 2015

duncanshiell.

A good work out from Crosophile today.

 

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Financial Times 14,850 / Crux

Posted by Gaufrid on February 19th, 2015

Gaufrid.

I was half expecting to see Dante today with his customary double/cryptic definitions and anagrams but instead we have Crux with much of the same. A gentle start to the week with plenty of easy ‘starter’ clues from which to make inroads into the grid.

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Financial Times 14,849 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on February 19th, 2015

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of February 7, 2015

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Independent 8,844 by Dac

Posted by John on February 18th, 2015

John.

What new is there to say about Dac? Every clue tells a little story. I have misgivings about ‘provided’ as an anagram indicator in 4dn, and I suspect that there might be a typo in 12dn, since my suggestion is so simple that I can’t see why Dac didn’t do it that way (although now that I look more closely he may be right all along, the two words necessitating a verb without s; not sure about this — perhaps someone who knows about these things could drop in and tell us); but a small price to pay for a day of Dac.

Definitions underlined.

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Financial Times 14,858 by HAMILTON

Posted by PeeDee on February 18th, 2015

PeeDee.

An enjoyable puzzle that I thought had an ‘old fashioned’ feel to it (not a criticism, just an observation). Thanks Hamilton.

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