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Genius 135 / Crucible

Posted by duncanshiell on October 5th, 2014

duncanshiell.

The preamble told us that all solutions are thematic, wholly or in part.  All clues contain normal definitions but, with 18 of them, the wordplay ignores the thematic element.

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Azed 2208

Posted by Andrew on October 5th, 2014

Andrew.

I thought I was off to a good start with this when I got all four of the long answers around the edges (including 34a by some inspired guesswork). I then polished off the top half pretty quickly, but had a lot more trouble with the bottom, for no particular reason that I can see looking back. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent on Sunday 1,284 by Commoner

Posted by PeeDee on October 5th, 2014

PeeDee.

I found this very enjoyable, a good example of how to make a crossword accessible without making it dull.  Something in here for everybody.  Thanks Commoner.

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Independent 8,722 by Anax (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 27/09/14)

Posted by Simon Harris on October 4th, 2014

Simon Harris.

Another tour de force from Anax, I thought. Quite a challenge, of course, but I was pleased to be able to finish this one, even if it did take all week.

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Guardian Prize Puzzle 26,376 by Philistine

Posted by bridgesong on October 4th, 2014

bridgesong.

A tougher than usual challenge this week, on a theme which was unfamiliar to me.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1140: 118 by MynoT

Posted by mc_rapper67 on October 4th, 2014

mc_rapper67.

In the week leading up to the Scottish referendum, I took inspiration from the story of Robert the Bruce in his cave with the spider…’if at first you can’t solve the EV, stare at it for ages and try and try again, until you do’!

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A sad loss

Posted by Gaufrid on October 3rd, 2014

Gaufrid.

Some of you may have noticed that one of our regular contributors, rhotician, has not commented recently. Sadly, the reason for this is that he was in hospital where he passed away on Tuesday morning.

Since his first comment back in early June 2012, rhotician has regularly provided valuable input to our discussions and I, for one, will miss his contributions. I’m sure that all those who visit this site, particularly those who met Michael at one of the S&B get-togethers, will wish to join me in sending condolences to his family and friends.

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Guardian 26,381 – Picaroon

Posted by Andrew on October 3rd, 2014

Andrew.

A very entertaining puzzle from Picaroon, where I realised early on what was happening in 10 across (after getting 23/12), but that didn’t make the other thematic phrases any easier to solve. I particularly liked a number of cleverly-concealed definitions: 13a, 4d/24a, 13d, 16d, 18d and 22d among others. Many thanks to Picaroon.

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Financial Times 14,743 / Bradman

Posted by Gaufrid on October 3rd, 2014

Gaufrid.

With only a handful of entries during my first pass through the clues I thought I might struggle a little with this one but I then made steady progress and completed it without too many problems.

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Independent 8,727 / Phi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on October 3rd, 2014

RatkojaRiku.

Friday is Phi-day, of course, and Phi has duly served up his latest cruciverbal offering for us.

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Financial Times 14,742 by ORENSE

Posted by Ringo on October 2nd, 2014

Ringo.

I enjoyed this pleasant little puzzle from our old pal Orense.

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Independent 8726 / Tees

Posted by duncanshiell on October 2nd, 2014

duncanshiell.

Tees. makes his monthly appearance today with an entertaining puzzle.

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Guardian Cryptic 26380 Paul

Posted by scchua on October 2nd, 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.)   As I usually find with Paul, few pickings initially, but one can count on all being revealed, bit by enjoyable bit.  Thanks to Paul.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Financial Times 14,733 – Crux

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on October 2nd, 2014

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Sep 22

Fine puzzle by Crux with only a couple of sighs in the CD department. Curiously enough, this crossword has exactly the same grid as the one that precedes it (Mudd’s prize puzzle, blogged by Pete Maclean below).  Not really important, just an observation.

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Financial Times 14,732 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on October 2nd, 2014

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of September 20, 2014

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