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Financial Times 14,741 by GOZO

Posted by PeeDee on October 1st, 2014

PeeDee.

A very nice puzzle from Gozo.

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Independent 8,725 by Dac

Posted by John on October 1st, 2014

John.

As always on Wednesdays, which don’t seem to be suffering the upheavals of the other days.

I sometimes wonder whether to feign ignorance of the parsing of some clues, so that people will respond and tell me how they work It’s the only way people will be prompted to post when it’s a Dac day, for everything is so tidy and uncontroversial, although in this one there’s a question about 5dn.

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Guardian 26,379 by Pasquale

Posted by PeterO on October 1st, 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26379

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Inquisitor 1352: Identity Crisis by Jago

Posted by HolyGhost on October 1st, 2014

HolyGhost.

The editor refers to the “IQ debutant Jago“, but, assuming there’s only one setter that goes by that name, he’s produced well over 20 puzzles in the last 40 years for The Listener alone. (The last one I attempted was on Boxing Day, 2009, which involved folding the completed grid into the classic ‘bird with flapping wings’.) Anyway, on with this carte blanche …
 
“The grid should be appropriately filled by correctly locating the solutions to the normal, correctly numbered clues. Numbers are not essential in the completed grid, which displays 180° symmetry, but their inclusion may assist solvers in arriving at the solution.”

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Guardian 26,378 / Shed

Posted by Eileen on September 30th, 2014

Eileen.

A welcome return appearance from Shed. I was lucky enough to blog his last puzzle, a couple of months ago, and said then that we don’t see enough of him.

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Independent 8724 / Radian

Posted by Bertandjoyce on September 30th, 2014

Bertandjoyce.

We found it difficult to get started on the puzzle; it wasn’t until Joyce did her usual trick when she is stuck of looking at some of the last down clues that we were able to fill in a few answers.

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Financial Times 14740 Neo

Posted by scchua on September 30th, 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.)    It’s been some time since I blogged Neo.  Thanks for the renewed acquaintance.  And what’s with the dogs (and a couple of gods/goddess)?  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Beelzebub 1,281

Posted by Simon Harris on September 29th, 2014

Simon Harris.

I seem to have managed to complete this with barely a scribble or a note on the paper, so I assume it must have been fairly smooth going.

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Guardian Quiptic 776/Moley

Posted by Pierre on September 29th, 2014

Pierre.

An unexceptionable Quiptic from Moley this morning.  Which is what Quiptics are meant to be.

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Independent 8723/Raich

Posted by Pierre on September 29th, 2014

Pierre.

The editor reverting to form today, giving us a gentle introduction to the week with a well-constructed and clearly-clued puzzle from Raich.  Ideal for improving solvers and no doubt a pleasant stroll for more experienced practitioners of the dark arts.

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Guardian 26,377 by Rufus

Posted by manehi on September 29th, 2014

manehi.

Nothing too tricksy from Rufus, but lots of fun…

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Cyclops 530: Don’t panic!

Posted by jetdoc on September 29th, 2014

jetdoc.

Some nice clues from Cyclops this week, with the usual scattering of scurrilous and misleading surface reading. I completed it in the course a a not-very-long bus journey, which indicates that it wasn’t especially difficult, but it was challenging enough. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent on Sunday 1,283 by Poins

Posted by Simon Harris on September 28th, 2014

Simon Harris.

Sorry Poins old chap, you’ve drawn me yet again and I must admit I found this one quite tough. A week later I still don’t appear to have completed the top left corner of the grid, so I’ll have to retrieve the answers from the internet and do my best to explain them.

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Everyman 3,546

Posted by flashling on September 28th, 2014

flashling.

A lot of cryptic defs I thought this week

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AZED No. 2,207 Plain

Posted by PeeDee on September 28th, 2014

PeeDee.

A unusual grid from AZED this week.

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