Fifteensquared

Never knowingly undersolved.

Financial Times 14,572 – Mudd

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on March 27th, 2014

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Mar 17

Yes, the first word of the first clue was “Bottom” but other than that this was a smutfree crossword by one of the UK’s favourite setters.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in FT | 1 Comment »

Financial Times 14,571 by Bradman

Posted by Pete Maclean on March 27th, 2014

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of March 16, 2014

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in FT | 8 Comments »

Financial Times 14,580 by AARDVARK

Posted by PeeDee on March 26th, 2014

PeeDee.

I found this pretty tricky and for a while thought I might not be able to finish.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in FT | 5 Comments »

Guardian 26,217 – Otterden

Posted by Andrew on March 26th, 2014

Andrew.

I’m sorry to say I didn’t find this very satisfying – as in previous Otterden puzzles there are some excessively obvious clues (e.g. 26a, 3d) and some rather dodgy constructions. There are some sound and reasonable clues as well, but nothing to get very excited about.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Guardian | 30 Comments »

Independent 8563 / Hypnos

Posted by duncanshiell on March 26th, 2014

duncanshiell.

After Crosophile appeared yesterday, I was wondering who the setter would be today. I’m very happy to see one from Hypnos

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Independent | 12 Comments »

Inquisitor 1325: Stopping Service by Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on March 26th, 2014

duncanshiell.

There was a long preamble to this Inquisitor puzzle by Phi.  It stated:

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Inquisitor | 5 Comments »

Financial Times 14579 Jason

Posted by scchua on March 25th, 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.)   A straightforward puzzle, until left with a couple in the NW quadrant, which took slightly longer, and specifically 2 down, where I had to seek professional help to parse the answer I had.  Thanks for that help.  And thanks to Jason.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in FT | 4 Comments »

Independent 8,562 by Crosophile

Posted by John on March 25th, 2014

John.

I wonder what’s lined up for tomorrow, since the Crosophile puzzle which would normally appear on the last Wednesday of the month is a day early. No point in trying to guess, since it’s probably a significant anniversary of some football club or of the formation of some group.

Nothing to get very excited about today, but a good solid performance from Crosophile. In one or two places I have my doubts but I expect that someone will put me right. As for a Nina, the two words along the top suggest that there are things to be found in the puzzle but my knowledge of them is rather shaky.

Definitions in italics.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Independent | 11 Comments »

Guardian 26,216 by Orlando

Posted by flashling on March 25th, 2014

flashling.

Orlando today with a rather sweet crossword….

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Guardian | 54 Comments »

Independent 8561 by Raich

Posted by NealH on March 24th, 2014

NealH.

This was a relatively gentle start-the-week puzzle from Raich with lots of well-constructed clues. There were a few that needed a bit of thought e.g. 24 and 6.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Independent | 9 Comments »

Guardian Quiptic 749 / Nutmeg

Posted by Writinghawk on March 24th, 2014

Writinghawk.

Nutmeg has as ever provided a nice crossword at a reasonably simple level, though the smooth surfaces may lead solvers up a few blind alleys. Anagrams are comparatively thin on the ground, but there are so many container-and-contents clues it is practically a handbook of different ways of indicating containment in a clue.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Guardian Quiptic | 8 Comments »

Guardian Cryptic N° 23,215 by Rufus

Posted by PeterO on March 24th, 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26215.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Guardian | 26 Comments »

Beelzebub 1,254

Posted by Simon Harris on March 23rd, 2014

Simon Harris.

Another very tough week, I found. Let’s hope it’s not just me losing my faculties.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Beelzebub | 5 Comments »

Azed 2180

Posted by ilancaron on March 23rd, 2014

ilancaron.

On the easier end of the Azed scale – but nonetheless required dipping into the BRB.  Attached is the raw grid I scribbled on just for fun.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Azed | 4 Comments »

Everyman 3519/16 March

Posted by Pierre on March 23rd, 2014

Pierre.

Always a pleasure to solve and blog an Everyman.  The usual combination of smooth surfaces and accessible clueing.  The enumeration for one of the clues struck me as unusual, but perhaps others have seen it before.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Everyman | 8 Comments »