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Guardian 26,356 by Picaroon

Posted by PeterO on September 4th, 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26356.

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Financial Times 14,709 – Falcon

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on September 4th, 2014

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Aug 25

Solving the Observer’s Everyman is my favourite way to start the day on a Sunday morning, so no complaints from the Dutch jury to assess another sound puzzle by the setter’s alter ego Falcon. Meanwhile a large part of England is probably more interested in Falcao ….

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Financial Times 14,708 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on September 4th, 2014

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of August 23, 2014

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Independent 8,701 by Dac

Posted by John on September 3rd, 2014

John.

Dac never fails. His clues always have excellent surfaces and their parsing is straightforward and not open to argument.

Definitions underlined.

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Financial Times 14,717 by MONK

Posted by PeeDee on September 3rd, 2014

PeeDee.

Yet another varied and enjoyable crossword from Monk.  This was a reasonaly accessiible puzzle by Monk standards (ie merely hard).

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Guardian 26,355 / Imogen

Posted by Eileen on September 3rd, 2014

Eileen.

I have been looking forward to blogging my first Imogen puzzle and I certainly wasn’t disappointed with this one.

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Charity cryptic quiz

Posted by jetdoc on September 3rd, 2014

jetdoc.

Richard Cleaver has asked me to help publicise this cryptic quiz, which is raising funds for MIND. Do have a go — it’s pretty good, and in a very deserving cause.

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Inquisitor 1348: Reset by Shark

Posted by HolyGhost on September 3rd, 2014

HolyGhost.

I reckon we’ve had the tough one for this quintet, so this puzzle from Shark should be easy or moderate – but there are no guarantees.
 
“A thematic reference appears in 8 across entries: if the reference is the entire entry, then there is no definition; if it’s a part of the entry, then the reference isn’t indicated by the wordplay. The unclued [yellow] column is integral to 6 examples of the theme that must be highlighted (23 cells). In order to reset a further example, two unchecked letters in a single entry must be swapped.”

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Independent 8700 / Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on September 2nd, 2014

Bertandjoyce.

Phi on a Tuesday? Is there something special coming on Phiday?

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Financial Times 14,716 / Dante

Posted by Gaufrid on September 2nd, 2014

Gaufrid.

Well, I hardly expected to see Dante on a Tuesday and wondered if I had got my days mixed up. However, it couldn’t be Monday because it wasn’t a prize puzzle.

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Guardian 26,354 by Otterden

Posted by manehi on September 2nd, 2014

manehi.

All fairly straightforward today, though I’m not a huge fan of the grid with six 3-letter solutions. Favourite clue was 22dn.

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Guardian 26,353 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on September 1st, 2014

Andrew.

Slightly trickier than the average Rufus, I thought, with fewer cryptic definitions than usual, making it seem more like a “normal” puzzle. Thanks to Rufus.

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Independent 8699 / Rorschach

Posted by Gaufrid on September 1st, 2014

Gaufrid.

There was much to enjoy in this puzzle despite its political and sports references not being of my persuasion.

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Cyclops 528: Beware of Greeks bearing gifts…

Posted by jetdoc on September 1st, 2014

jetdoc.

… or anyone else, come to that.

Better late than never, I hope. As I said earlier, after the disruption and upheaval of the past few months, we’re now getting settled into our new home in York, so maybe I can get back to something more like a routine. Looking forward to seeing some of you in York in October, by the way.

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Guardian Quiptic 772/Pan

Posted by Pierre on September 1st, 2014

Pierre.

I thought this was a super Quiptic from Pan.  Clear and witty cluing; no obscurities; friendly grid.  What more do you want on a Monday morning?

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