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Inquisitor 1371: Conclusion by Kruger

Posted by kenmac on February 11th, 2015

kenmac.

Inquisitor 1371Preamble: Wordplay in each clue gives the answer with either an extra or missing letter. In order, these letters spell out a phrase which identifies the pattern collectively provided by the separate contents of the darkest and lightest sets of squares in the grid. The two creators of this pattern must be highlighted, together with the eventual successor to one of them.

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Independent 8,837 / Knut

Posted by RatkojaRiku on February 10th, 2015

RatkojaRiku.

The Tuesday slot is one that is occupied by a wide variety of setters, and this Tuesday we have the pleasure of welcoming a (to me at least) new setter to the Indy fold.

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Financial Times 14,851 by PHSSTHPOK

Posted by Turbolegs on February 10th, 2015

Turbolegs.

First time I am standing in, so feels strange to be out on a Tuesday. Thanks to Phsssthpok for a grid that really had me at my wits’ end!! Had to get some help for the parsing of some clues but at the end of it, felt like a really good challenge.

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Guardian 26,491 by Crucible

Posted by PeterO on February 10th, 2015

PeterO.

Much as you may have wished it, Eileen has not hijacked the blog, and you are stuck with me in my turn today. The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26491.

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Independent 8836 by Kairos

Posted by NealH on February 9th, 2015

NealH.

I found this quite challenging and it took a couple of goes to complete it. However, once you saw the solution, most of the clues seemed sound and gettable, which the possible exception of 7 which required a degree of specialist knowledge.

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Guardian 26,490 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on February 9th, 2015

Eileen.

Don’t worry – this is not a complete take-over of the Guardian blogging slot: because of the way the rota works, my monthly Prize blog coincided with the overlap of the weekly ones, which is why you’ve had me three times running.

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Guardian Quiptic 795 Hectence

Posted by scchua on February 9th, 2015

scchua.

A nice easy Quiptic.  Thanks to Hectence. Definitions are underlined in the clues.  (P.S. Due to urgent matters to attend to, the blog today is minimalist.)

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Beelzebub 1,300

Posted by Simon Harris on February 8th, 2015

Simon Harris.

Probably somewhere in the middle of the difficulty range this week, I seemed to find. We’ve reached a bit of a landmark, with a nice round puzzle number, but I didn’t spot any celebratory thematic goings-on.

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Azed 2226 – Playfair

Posted by Andrew on February 8th, 2015

Andrew.

I’m glad to see I’m not the only blogger who gets worried when landing on a Playfair puzzle. “I admit to a slight feeling of trepidation when I … noticed that it was a Playfair puzzle” (bridgesong); “the clues in italics often give me the jitters, and even though they’re supposed to be relatively easy (Peter Biddlecombe): my thoughts exactly. As per my usual strategy, I tried to get all the uncoded answers first, which fortunately I was able to do without too much difficulty.

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Independent on Sunday 1302/eXternal

Posted by Pierre on February 8th, 2015

Pierre.

I’m not really sure what to make of this one.  You tell me.

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Everyman 3,565

Posted by PeterO on February 8th, 2015

PeterO.

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S&B Cambridge – 25/4/15

Posted by Admin on February 7th, 2015

Admin.

According to the National Rail Enquiries website, the only trains running to/from Cambridge on April 25th will be those from/to London and Norwich. There will be a replacement bus service between Peterborough and Cambridge on both the Saturday and Sunday which adds approximately 45 minutes to journey times (well, at least to those that I have checked!).

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Independent Crossword 8829 by Tees (31-01-2015)

Posted by twencelas on February 7th, 2015

twencelas.

A Tees crossword blogged from a few miles north of the Tyne. Also a lot of black squares this week – was there an excess of ink at the Independent?

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Guardian Prize 26,483 / Philistine

Posted by Eileen on February 6th, 2015

Eileen.

The first Philistine puzzle this year and it’s many months since I got to blog one, so this was a real treat for me.

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Enigmatic Variations 1158 Fool’s Mate by Ifor

Posted by twencelas on February 6th, 2015

twencelas.

All occurrences of a letter to be removed from all down answers; Five across answers to be jumbled and a message derived from the remainder. Not finished there – the message explains how to find a phrase for fool’s mate to be written below the grid.

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