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Financial Times 14,786 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on December 4th, 2014

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of November 22, 2014

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Financial Times 14,795 by GOZO

Posted by PeeDee on December 3rd, 2014

PeeDee.

A fun puzzle from puzzle from Gozo of a form I have not seen before.  You can download a PDF of the puzzle from the FT website here.

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Independent 8779 / Dac

Posted by Gaufrid on December 3rd, 2014

Gaufrid.

What is there to say about a Dac puzzle that hasn’t been said before? I could very easily just link to, or copy and paste from, the preamble I wrote four weeks ago.

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Guardian 26,433 by Imogen

Posted by flashling on December 3rd, 2014

flashling.

Well I’m back from a land down under and first up is Imogen, not really the name you want whilst jet lagged.

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Inquisitor 1361: Unsteady by Gila

Posted by kenmac on December 3rd, 2014

kenmac.

Preamble: Ten entries, clued without definition, may be sorted into pairs to provide five names associated with a protagonist, X. In all remaining clues, single extra letters involved in wordplay spell a further description of X. One entry, an anagram of X’s name (initial + surname), should be highlighted in the final grid. The derivative at 20 is in Collins.

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Independent 9,778 by Radian

Posted by John on December 2nd, 2014

John.

Three checked letters in a seven-letter answer is bad enough; two in a five-letter answer is even worse. Unless, some say, Radian has been constrained by a Nina and has been forced to use answers of this type. If he has (and of course I can’t see it) then perhaps this is justified. And anyway it’s only my view (but also that of some eminent others, I might add).

Pity, because much of this crossword is good, and there are some excellent clues. I particularly enjoyed 1dn.

Definitions underlined.

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Financial Times No. 14,794 by SAYANG

Posted by Bhavan on December 2nd, 2014

Bhavan.

Typical Tuesday fare here… Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 26,432 by Picaroon

Posted by PeterO on December 2nd, 2014

PeterO.

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Quiptic 785 by Hectence

Posted by newmarketsausage on December 1st, 2014

newmarketsausage.

Hectence returns to the Quiptic slot with a puzzle that I thought had just the right amount of head-scratching required to get the sluggish Monday morning brain into gear.

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Guardian 26,431 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on December 1st, 2014

Eileen.

A fairly typical Rufus puzzle, with the accustomed mix of anagrams and double and cryptic definitions [a couple of which I found a bit puzzling]. Thanks to him for a genial start to the week – and month.

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Independent 8777/Raich

Posted by Pierre on December 1st, 2014

Pierre.

Always a little smile when I see that it’s Raich for my Monday Indy blog.  Enjoyed this one, but there were some that I struggled to see and parse.  It yielded in the end.

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Guardian Genius 137,Qaos

Posted by Matt on December 1st, 2014

Matt.

Enjoyed this, despite making a rod for my own back once or twice.

 

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Independent on Sunday 1,292 by eXternal

Posted by PeeDee on November 30th, 2014

PeeDee.

I found this one a whole lot harder than any other IoS puzzle I have blogged.  There are still a couple I can’t completely explain.  Good fun, but I am glad I had plenty of time to sole this one!  Thanks eXternal.

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Everyman 3555/23 November

Posted by Pierre on November 30th, 2014

Pierre.

I often find with Everyman that his references make me go and look up stuff that I kind of knew, but had forgotten.  So once I’d finished solving the puzzle this morning I spent more time than I should have searching for and learning about novels, songs, films and history.

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AZED 2,216

Posted by ilancaron on November 30th, 2014

ilancaron.

Scots, Scots and more Scots.   Nonetheless, with help from that well-known Scots dictionary, Chambers, managed the slog.  Not the most easy of Azed’s but eventually I think I tamed it.

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