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Quiptic 785 by Hectence

Posted by newmarketsausage on December 1st, 2014

newmarketsausage.

Hectence returns to the Quiptic slot with a puzzle that I thought had just the right amount of head-scratching required to get the sluggish Monday morning brain into gear.

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Guardian 26,431 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on December 1st, 2014

Eileen.

A fairly typical Rufus puzzle, with the accustomed mix of anagrams and double and cryptic definitions [a couple of which I found a bit puzzling]. Thanks to him for a genial start to the week – and month.

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Independent 8777/Raich

Posted by Pierre on December 1st, 2014

Pierre.

Always a little smile when I see that it’s Raich for my Monday Indy blog.  Enjoyed this one, but there were some that I struggled to see and parse.  It yielded in the end.

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Guardian Genius 137,Qaos

Posted by Matt on December 1st, 2014

Matt.

Enjoyed this, despite making a rod for my own back once or twice.

 

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Independent on Sunday 1,292 by eXternal

Posted by PeeDee on November 30th, 2014

PeeDee.

I found this one a whole lot harder than any other IoS puzzle I have blogged.  There are still a couple I can’t completely explain.  Good fun, but I am glad I had plenty of time to sole this one!  Thanks eXternal.

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Everyman 3555/23 November

Posted by Pierre on November 30th, 2014

Pierre.

I often find with Everyman that his references make me go and look up stuff that I kind of knew, but had forgotten.  So once I’d finished solving the puzzle this morning I spent more time than I should have searching for and learning about novels, songs, films and history.

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AZED 2,216

Posted by ilancaron on November 30th, 2014

ilancaron.

Scots, Scots and more Scots.   Nonetheless, with help from that well-known Scots dictionary, Chambers, managed the slog.  Not the most easy of Azed’s but eventually I think I tamed it.

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Guardian Prize 26,424 by Paul

Posted by bridgesong on November 29th, 2014

bridgesong.

Thanks, Paul for an enjoyable and topical prize puzzle that was characteristically witty (but no lavatory humour this week!).

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Independent Crossword 8770 by Klingsor(22-11-2014)

Posted by twencelas on November 29th, 2014

twencelas.

Saturday and an offering from Klingsor! That should take my mind off my driving test

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1148: Paradox by Kruger

Posted by mc_rapper67 on November 29th, 2014

mc_rapper67.

The preamble for PARADOX tells us:  “In clue order, the second or fifth letters of single extra words in 15 clues give a PARADOX that is epitomised by one of the unclued entries. The other seven unclued entries give the means by which this PARADOX became possible and those who made the most use of it. The other choices of the second or fifth letters instruct solvers as to what they must write below the grid.

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Independent 8,775 / Phi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on November 28th, 2014

RatkojaRiku.

It was no surprise to discover Phi’s latest offering on what is Phi-day after all.

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Guardian 26,429 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on November 28th, 2014

Eileen.

I really enjoyed this puzzle, which turned out to be more straightforward than it looked at first, because the long answers went in almost immediately, from the enumerations. Parsing them was fun, though, and there were lots of smiles and ‘ahas’ of admiration at clever cluing and story-telling surfaces along the way. Thanks, Paul.

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Financial Times 14,791 by BRADMAN

Posted by Turbolegs on November 28th, 2014

Turbolegs.

A fun-filled offering from my dear friend on Fridays, Bradman. Smooth surfaces in several clues alongside some ingenious word play.

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Financial Times no.14,790 by Alberich

Posted by Ringo on November 27th, 2014

Ringo.

A puzzle that at first seemed tough, and then seemed elementary, and ended up being pretty enjoyable, after all.

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Independent 8774 / Rorschach

Posted by Gaufrid on November 27th, 2014

Gaufrid.

We don’t see this setter very often so it is something of a coincidence that I was standing in for someone who was away, as I am today, when his last puzzle appeared. Not that I mind because I always find his puzzles enjoyable and today was no exception, though I do have a couple of reservations.

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