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Guardian 26,313 by Paul

Posted by flashling on July 16th, 2014

flashling.

Well its Paul so we expect a bit of rudeness and lots of playful word play.

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Independent 8659 / Dac

Posted by duncanshiell on July 16th, 2014

duncanshiell.

It’s Wednesday – it’s Dac

 

 

 

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Inquisitor 1341: Circling the Square by Ferret

Posted by duncanshiell on July 16th, 2014

duncanshiell.

Ferret is a fairly regular setter in the Inquisitor series these days.

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Independent 8,658 by Phi

Posted by John on July 15th, 2014

John.

When I saw that Phi was appearing on a Tuesday I expected a crossword in his slightly harder mode than usual, which we sometimes see in other places. But no, it seems his regular Friday crossword has simply been shunted to Tuesday.

Why this has happened is anyone’s guess. I won’t even think about what it might be. It’s probably the anniversary of some group’s first no. 1 or something.

As always almost everything seems to be immaculate, with the usual crop of excellent clues. The only problem is my failing to see a Nina. But that’s usual, especially with Phi.

Definitions underlined.

 

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Financial Times 14,674 NEO

Posted by Bhavan on July 15th, 2014

Bhavan.

This was a puzzle of two parts. Some answers went in straight after reading the clues and for others I had to spend time parsing the wordplay after getting the answers. Thanks to NEO for the welcome workout. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian Cryptic N° 26,312 by Pasquale

Posted by PeterO on July 15th, 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26312.

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Guardian Quiptic 765 by Provis

Posted by newmarketsausage on July 14th, 2014

newmarketsausage.

The third outing in the Quiptic slot for Provis, whose identity remains a closely guarded secret.

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Independent 8657 by Punk

Posted by NealH on July 14th, 2014

NealH.
  • *=anagram
  • [] = removed e.g. char[m]=char
  • ()=abbreviation e.g. A(mpere)=a
  • <=reversed
  • Hom. = homophone

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Guardian 26,311 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on July 14th, 2014

Eileen.

Another fairly typical Monday 5dn of nifty anagrams and double and cryptic [some more than others] definitions, with, characteristically, some nautical terms for good measure. Thank you, Rufus, for a pleasant start to my birthday.

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Beelzebub 1,270

Posted by Simon Harris on July 13th, 2014

Simon Harris.

Another week whereby about two thirds went in unaided, and then the rest put up quite the struggle. I believe I have at least managed to parse everything this week.

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Azed 2196 – “Overlaps”

Posted by Andrew on July 13th, 2014

Andrew.

I knew something special was coming up for this month’s competition, because Azed had mentioned in a previous Slip that constructing this one had caused him some trouble. Not surprising, with what are effectively a large number of long across answers, most of which take the full 13-character width. Perhaps as a result of this, there are more down answers than usual (23 instead of 18), with correspondingly shorter words.

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Everyman 3535/6 July

Posted by Pierre on July 13th, 2014

Pierre.

Everyman has been a bit trickier over the last few weeks, in my opinion.  But he’s back this morning to give us a sound and pretty straightforward crossword, which should suit those who use the Sunday Observer puzzle to improve their solving.  I learnt a new word today.

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Independent on Sunday 1,272 by Poins

Posted by PeeDee on July 13th, 2014

PeeDee.

I found the constructions trickier than usual for the IoS but most of the clues had straightforward one-word definitions which meant I filled the grid quickly even if explaining it all took quite a while.

Thanks Poins.

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Independent Crossword 8650 by Anax (05-07-2014)

Posted by twencelas on July 12th, 2014

twencelas.

My turn coincides again with Anax’s – I’m sure it will bring a few chuckles.

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Guardian Prize Puzzle 26,304 by Paul

Posted by bridgesong on July 12th, 2014

bridgesong.

A Parliamentary theme for this week’s prize puzzle, with references to current Parliamentarians from the three major parties in England.

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