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Independent 8644 by Nestor (Saturday Prize Puzzle 28 Jun 2014)

Posted by mc_rapper67 on July 5th, 2014


A bit of a last minute rush with this, and apologies for maybe not doing it justice. I did the parsing below earlier in the week, but am now in the depths of Swaledale in North Yorkshire for t’Grand Depart of le tour d’Yorkshire…will there be any Tour-themed puzzles over the weekend?…and only just 25A-ing to finishing the blog off.

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Enigmatic Variations No.1127 – Nightmare by Eclogue

Posted by Mister Sting on July 5th, 2014

Mister Sting.

‘ordeal, horror, torment, torture, trial, calamity, agony, anguish, awful experience’.

That’s how Chambers describes a nightmare.  Oh goody…
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Guardian Prize Puzzle 26,298 by Picaroon

Posted by PeeDee on July 5th, 2014


I made hard work of this one, but it was enjoyable work.  Thanks Picaroon.

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Independent 8649 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on July 4th, 2014


Phi  continues to tease on Fridays


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Financial Times 14,665 by GOLIATH

Posted by Turbolegs on July 4th, 2014


A very entertaining challenge from GOLIATH which required several sittings to fully crack the grid. Frankly, this was a very educational outing where I learnt several new words/phrases (e.g. 16,17ac ; 15d; part of 1d) after having deduced the solution from successfully breaking down the clue. Googling helped with 15d.

Thoroughly enjoyed this !! Thanks Goliath for getting my Friday off to a great start.

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Guardian Cryptic No. 26,303 by Tramp

Posted by PeterO on July 4th, 2014


The puzzle may be found at

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Independent 8,648 by Monk

Posted by John on July 3rd, 2014


This is getting silly. Monk is a mathematician and so is no doubt well aware of the probabilities, but his last four Independent crosswords have all been blogged by me. How likely was that? He’s probably getting rather tired of this, but I’m not, for his crosswords are always good. Tough, though, especially this one, where I had to admit defeat on one clue.




The letters around the outside suggest a Nina of some sort, but I can find nothing except the word ‘orgy’ on the right, which is perhaps a coincidence. But I did find ‘Placebo’ in the second row of unches, then further down ‘Brian Molko’. I imagined that Monk had a friend called Brian Molko who was involved in medical research, but a little Googling quickly revealed my disgraceful ignorance. Evidently they are a group and BM is their lead vocalist and guitarist. No doubt their songs are placed around the answers, but I leave that to you since I can’t find any album names or singles there.


Definitions underlined (except for one of them (5dn, which is fortunately obvious) which I forgot when doing the blog and can’t now recover).

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Financial Times no.14,664 by Armonie

Posted by Ringo on July 3rd, 2014


I enjoyed this puzzle, despite my being in a foul mood. Praise indeed.

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Guardian 26,302 / Chifonie

Posted by Eileen on July 3rd, 2014


I’ve been chewing my pen, as it were, trying to compose a preamble for this puzzle and have decided to say simply that it’s a fairly typical Chifonie puzzle, I think – but, sticking my neck out, one perhaps more suited to the Quiptic slot.

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Financial Times 14,655 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on July 3rd, 2014

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Jun 23

Dante in his familiar style? Well, he left most of his cryptic definitions at home this time! However, to compensate that plenty of double definitions and anagrams.

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Financial Times 14,654 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on July 3rd, 2014

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of June 21, 2014

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Financial Times 14,663 by Gozo

Posted by PeeDee on July 2nd, 2014


I always enjoy getting to solve and blog a Gozo puzzle, I hope you all enjoyed it too.  Thanks Gozo.

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Independent 8647 / Dac

Posted by Bertandjoyce on July 2nd, 2014


We found this a bit tougher than your average Dac, but no less enjoyable – all the usual excellent surfaces were there, but for some reason we had difficulty getting round the misdirections.

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Guardian 26,301 by Nutmeg

Posted by manehi on July 2nd, 2014


I found this tough to get into, but rewarding once I did. Favourites were 1, 7 and 8 down.

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Inquisitor 1339: The Man with a Gun by Phi

Posted by kenmac on July 2nd, 2014


Preamble: Crossing answers make 18 down appear a non-word – it must be replaced by the acronym given by the longer down answers (five words in total), while retaining real words in the grid. The fictional character in the acronym also lent his name to a form of joke exemplified by italicised across clues, although for pragmatic reasons a different part of speech has been used in most of the associated entries. Four symmetrically placed down entries are entered unconventionally; single-letter corrections to misprinted definitions in eleven other clues explain what has happened.

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