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Enigmatic Variations 1142 Opening Shot by Chalicea

Posted by twencelas on October 17th, 2014

twencelas.

So the perimter contains the opening shot of a pamphleteer though it has been changed from the Oxford dictinary of quotations. This leads to the removal of words from 15 solutions indicating the pampleteer’s prejudice. the pamphleteer then needs to be highlighted. UKIP immediatley sprang to mind ! I have a strange mind obviously.

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Financial Times 14,755 / Redshank

Posted by Gaufrid on October 17th, 2014

Gaufrid.

I found this rather tricky in places but got there in the end. There were a few ‘entry’ clues that could be written in quickly but the majority required some thought, particularly for the parsing.

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Independent 8,739 by Phi

Posted by John on October 17th, 2014

John.

Back to normality it seems: Phi has appeared for the last two Fridays.

There are two strange things about this typically pleasant crossword: the grid is strange and (yes I know he doesn’t always have them, but today surely he does) cries out that there is a Nina, but of course I can’t see it; and for the first time that I can remember Phi has departed from the Ximenean norm by having two answers (8dn and 13ac) with less than 50% checking. Not much less than 50% mind you, but still less.

Actually there is a third: Phi doesn’t so far as I can see have any recourse to an anagram in his clueing.

So come on Nina hunters, plenty of material there to work with.

I found this rather hard for a Phi, perhaps because there were no comparatively easy openers with anagrams. My excuse is the less than 50% checking on the two long answers, but that’s no good really.

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Guardian 26,393 by Crucible

Posted by PeterO on October 17th, 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26393.

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Guardian 26,392 / Brummie

Posted by Eileen on October 16th, 2014

Eileen.

An enjoyable puzzle from Brummie this morning, with a variety of clue types and a variety of general knowledge needed.

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Financial Times no.14,754 by Peto

Posted by Ringo on October 16th, 2014

Ringo.

A puzzle easy enough to be completed in half an hour on a rainy Thursday morning by a man with a hangover – which is lucky, because that was exactly what I needed.

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Independent 8738 / Monk

Posted by Bertandjoyce on October 16th, 2014

Bertandjoyce.

It’s over a year since we last blogged a Monk puzzle, and this was worth waiting for! A tricky solve with two words we hadn’t come across before, but great surfaces and a good Thursday challenge.

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Financial Times 14,745 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on October 16th, 2014

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Oct 6

With Dante one knows what to expect but while most of the solutions went in smoothly, a few others made me decide that this puzzle was a bit of a mixed bag. I am afraid that I even failed to complete the crossword in a proper way due to 8d.

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Financial Times 14,744 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on October 16th, 2014

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 4, 2014

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Financial Times 14,753 by AARDVARK

Posted by PeeDee on October 15th, 2014

PeeDee.

A tricky puzzle from Aardvark, and very enjoyable (for those who like a tussle).

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Independent 8,737 / Dac

Posted by RatkojaRiku on October 15th, 2014

RatkojaRiku.

It’s Wednesday, so unsurprisingly Dac-day today, and we have a set of Dac’s customary well-honed clues with smooth surfaces.

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Guardian 26,391 by Nutmeg

Posted by manehi on October 15th, 2014

manehi.

Enjoyed this – a few trickier bits, and a lot of fun. Favourites 21ac and 4dn.

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Inquisitor 1354: Vintage Suite by Kruger

Posted by Hihoba on October 15th, 2014

Hihoba.

The rubric stated: Corrections to single-letter misprints in the definitions of eleven clues give a phrase which explains how some answers are to be modified before entry, in the manner perhaps exhibited by the puzzle’s title. Word lengths refer to grid entries.

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Financial Times No. 14,752 by JASON

Posted by Bhavan on October 14th, 2014

Bhavan.

This was a smooth flowing puzzle that gave me no trouble at any stage… Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 26,390 – Qaos

Posted by Andrew on October 14th, 2014

Andrew.

Another puzzle where I made a slow start, but then steady progress to the end. Looking back there’s nothing too difficult here, but a nice variety of clues. Thanks to the setter.

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