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Financial Times 14,868 – Gaff

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on March 12th, 2015

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Mar 2, 2015

Gaff provided us with a challenging puzzle to mark ‘a musical anniversary’.

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Financial Times 14,867 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on March 12th, 2015

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of February 28, 2015

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Financial Times 14,876 by ALBERICH

Posted by PeeDee on March 11th, 2015

PeeDee.

I enjoyed this very much.  Nice to have some good straightforward cryptic puzzles in the mix.  No bells and whistles just quality clues and a sensible grid.  Thanks Alberich.

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Guardian 26,516 – Vlad

Posted by Andrew on March 11th, 2015

Andrew.

Another week, another new setter. Actually Vlad has appeared a couple of times as the setter of the Genius puzzle (including the current one), but I think this is his (?) first appearance in the cryptic slot. As with Screw last week, I wasn’t sure what to expect, and took a long time to get started on this one, and even once I got going it wasn’t an easy task, with some stragglers in the NW corner being the last to fall. So I narrowly escaped impalement – thanks to Vlad, and welcome.

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Independent 8862 / Dac

Posted by Bertandjoyce on March 11th, 2015

Bertandjoyce.

Another well-crafted offering from Dac this week, but one clue didn’t seem to fit the normally excellent surfaces and wordplay.

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Inquisitor 1375: Illusion by Phi

Posted by kenmac on March 11th, 2015

kenmac.

Preamble: Solvers must scale component letters of some entries to match the illusion. This will require some letters to be entered in such a way that one to a cell is not maintained; word lengths are to apparent grid entries. They must then highlight the more usual view elsewhere in the grid, and the relevant line. Twenty clues contain a misprint in the definition – correct letters spell the nature of the illusion.

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Independent 8,861 / Radian

Posted by RatkojaRiku on March 10th, 2015

RatkojaRiku.

Owing to difficulties accessing the puzzle, I am posting this blog somewhat later than is customary, for which I apologise.

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Financial Times 14,875 by NEO

Posted by loonapick on March 10th, 2015

loonapick.

My first blog entry for several years, so be patient!

This was a fairly straightforward solve, with no clue taking more than a minute to solve.  I don’t like the use of names as synonyms in the middle of clues which spoiled a couple of them for me, but that’s a personal thing.

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Guardian 26,515 by Picaroon

Posted by flashling on March 10th, 2015

flashling.

Picaroon for me again, a bit wearing in places though.

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Guardian Quiptic 799 Moley

Posted by scchua on March 9th, 2015

scchua.

A fair Quiptic, with a couple of clues that I felt weren’t that cryptic, even for a Quiptic.  Thanks to Moley.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Independent 8,860 by Morph

Posted by flashling on March 9th, 2015

flashling.

Morph appears – to start our week in the Indy

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Guardian 26,514 by Rufus

Posted by PeterO on March 9th, 2015

PeterO.

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Beelzebub 1,304

Posted by Simon Harris on March 8th, 2015

Simon Harris.

Apologies for the slightly tardy posting. I’ve only just managed to finish this one, though I think that’s more down to my own disorganisation this week, rather than this being an unusually challenging puzzle.

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AZED 2,230

Posted by bridgesong on March 8th, 2015

bridgesong.

A plain competition puzzle this month from Azed.

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Independent on Sunday 1306/Daedalus

Posted by Pierre on March 8th, 2015

Pierre.

Daedalus made his debut in the IoS a month or so ago, and I wasn’t mad keen on that puzzle, so he’s probably not too chuffed that his second outing has fallen to me to blog once again.  If you read below you’ll see what I thought; but much more importantly, did you enjoy it?

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