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Independent 8835 (Sat 7th Feb 2015) Jambazi

Posted by beermagnet on February 14th, 2015

beermagnet.

Jambazi (a.k.a. Tramp) is one of my favourite setters and one I’d like to see more of in both the Indy and the G.

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Enigmatic Variations No.1159 – Offerings by Samson

Posted by Mister Sting on February 14th, 2015

Mister Sting.

I’m fond of these perimeter-quotation puzzles, although they can make things a little tricky if you can’t get a toe-hold in the centre of the puzzle.  However, it’s not clear how much if any of the quotation will survive the dramatic cull proposed in the preamble (we are to delete almost three quarters of the grid once it’s been filled in).  Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian Prize 26,489 by Imogen

Posted by PeeDee on February 14th, 2015

PeeDee.

I found this quite difficult, and for a while a bit frustrating.

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Independent 8840 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on February 13th, 2015

duncanshiell.

Today we have what on the face of it is a fairly standard puzzle from Phi  

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Financial Times 14,854 by CHALMIE

Posted by Turbolegs on February 13th, 2015

Turbolegs.

A very enjoyable puzzle from CHALMIE this Friday. There were some devious twists and turns that extended the solving time by atleast 25% for me. A couple of clues also had me googling feverishly for checking the parsing but otherwise relatively unambiguous.

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Guardian 26,494 by Qaos

Posted by manehi on February 13th, 2015

manehi.

Found this tough but fun, with 1ac, 11ac and 20/27 my favourites. Thanks Qaos.

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Independent 8,839 by Monk

Posted by John on February 12th, 2015

John.

Rather a difficult Monk today I thought, but as usual very enjoyable. There are one or two loose ends which, thanks to the wisdom of those reading this blog, should be tied up before the end of the day.

And of course there’s the Nina, which I half saw and then forgot, to be reminded by Herb @1, who saw rather more than I did. The bottom row is a clear statement, so I looked at the top and couldn’t understand what was happening. All explained below. Very good. I can’t see why Herb thinks he hasn’t got it, for it clearly refers to the Russian novel.

Definitions underlined.

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Financial Times 14,853 / Aardvark

Posted by Gaufrid on February 12th, 2015

Gaufrid.

Ringo has work commitments today so you will have to put up with me instead. I found this to be a steady solve, with no particular hold-ups or parsing problems once I had a decent number of entries during my first pass through the clues.

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Guardian 26,493 / Tramp

Posted by Andrew on February 12th, 2015

Andrew.

I found this very hard, and a bit of a slog – I seemed to be staring at a virtually empty grid for ages. Even getting the long answer at 11,2 didn’t make things much easier, though looking back there’s nothing particularly tricky in most of the clues. Tramp is one of my favourite setters, but somehow this one didn’t hit the spot as much as usual. Maybe it’s just me. Thanks to the setter.

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Financial Times 14,844 / Dante

Posted by Gaufrid on February 12th, 2015

Gaufrid.

I failed to complete this one to my satisfaction as I am not sure of the correct entry for 11ac. Otherwise it was a typical Dante with the usual plethora of cryptic definitions.

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Financial TImes 14,843 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on February 12th, 2015

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 31, 2015

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Guardian 26,492 by Arachne

Posted by flashling on February 11th, 2015

flashling.

Apologies for the delay, forgot it was my turn, so this is a bit rushed, can’t explain one of them either.

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Financial Times 14,852 by IO

Posted by PeeDee on February 11th, 2015

PeeDee.

Not as hard as some Io puzzles, if you can get started!

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Independent 8838 / Dac

Posted by Gaufrid on February 11th, 2015

Gaufrid.

One or two unfamiliar words for me today. I think I have met 23ac before (but had forgotten it) but 17ac was certainly new and I don’t think I would have got it without most of the checked letters and a wildcard search of Chambers.

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Inquisitor 1371: Conclusion by Kruger

Posted by kenmac on February 11th, 2015

kenmac.

Inquisitor 1371Preamble: Wordplay in each clue gives the answer with either an extra or missing letter. In order, these letters spell out a phrase which identifies the pattern collectively provided by the separate contents of the darkest and lightest sets of squares in the grid. The two creators of this pattern must be highlighted, together with the eventual successor to one of them.

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