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Guardian 26,307 – Imogen

Posted by Andrew on July 9th, 2014

Andrew.

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Inquisitor 1340: Strange Hobby by Schadenfreude

Posted by HolyGhost on July 9th, 2014

HolyGhost.

He’s back – Schadenfreude never stays away very long, 7½ weeks on average. One clue per column (except the edges) has a misprinted definition, and corrections are to be entered in the top row. Five items are missing (thanks to the entry in the bottom row) and they are to be replaced to complete the grid, which contains only real words or phrases.
 
The first thing I notice is that the grid is asymmetric; then I spot that three of the down entries that start in the first ‘real’ row have no clues. Hmm.

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Guardian 26,306 by Chifonie

Posted by flashling on July 8th, 2014

flashling.

So after yesterday’s Brendan theme filled fun, we have a Chifonie, who has some surfaces to rival Dac’s in another place.

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Independent 8652 / Scorpion

Posted by Bertandjoyce on July 8th, 2014

Bertandjoyce.

Thanks to Scorpion for an an enjoyable solve today!

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Financial Times 14668 Sayang

Posted by scchua on July 8th, 2014

scchua.

(Please click here for this same blog but with a picture quiz added. Please do NOT post hereinbelow any comment relating to the picture quiz. Thank you.)   Perhaps a tad more difficult than previous offerings from Sayang, to whom thanks. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian Quiptic 764/Moley

Posted by Pierre on July 7th, 2014

Pierre.

Moley has been setting Guardian Quiptic puzzles since 2000, so I think we could call her a regular.  She has set us another good one today: not a write-in by any means, but generally clear cluing and a nice range of devices.

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Independent 8651/Kairos

Posted by Pierre on July 7th, 2014

Pierre.

I usually recommend the Monday Indy to anyone who’s getting into the Dark Arts, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this one.  If I hadn’t been blogging this, I might have given up and come here for help; but since I’m the one who’s supposed to be giving help, I kept going and have – I think – just about nailed it down apart from one clue where I am lost when it comes to the parsing.

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Guardian Cryptic No. 26,305 by Brendan

Posted by PeterO on July 7th, 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26305.

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Cyclops 524: Making plans for Nigel

Posted by jetdoc on July 7th, 2014

jetdoc.

It feels a bit as if Cyclops was when he compiled this — the divine Mr Farage and his ‘party’ make three appearances.

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Beelzebub 1,269

Posted by Simon Harris on July 6th, 2014

Simon Harris.

Quite a challenge this week, and browsing the list of answers, it’s not hard to see why.

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Independent on Sunday 1,271 by Crosophile

Posted by Simon Harris on July 6th, 2014

Simon Harris.

Plenty to wrestle with this week, and whilst I haven’t counted, there seem to be a relatively high number of clues squeezed in.

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AZED No. 2,195 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on July 6th, 2014

The Trafites.

Nick:  A game of two halves this week.

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Everyman No. 3534 (29th June)

Posted by The Trafites on July 6th, 2014

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning to you all, for the last time.

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Guardian Genius 132 / Paul

Posted by Gaufrid on July 6th, 2014

Gaufrid.

I can usually finish a Genius puzzle in about an hour, 90 minutes at the outside, but this one took nearly a whole morning before the grid was filled, and I had to return to it later to sort out the parsing of three clues, so it must have been at the harder end of the spectrum, at least for me.

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Independent 8644 by Nestor (Saturday Prize Puzzle 28 Jun 2014)

Posted by mc_rapper67 on July 5th, 2014

mc_rapper67.

A bit of a last minute rush with this, and apologies for maybe not doing it justice. I did the parsing below earlier in the week, but am now in the depths of Swaledale in North Yorkshire for t’Grand Depart of le tour d’Yorkshire…will there be any Tour-themed puzzles over the weekend?…and only just 25A-ing to finishing the blog off.

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