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Financial Times No. 14,821 by DANTE

Posted by Bhavan on January 6th, 2015

Bhavan.

First puzzle in the new year and it is one of my favourite setters.

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Guardian 26,461 by Imogen

Posted by PeterO on January 6th, 2015

PeterO.

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Guardian 26,460 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on January 5th, 2015

Eileen.

Apologies for the late appearance of the blog – I managed to delete it on the point of posting.

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Guardian Quiptic 790/Nutmeg

Posted by Pierre on January 5th, 2015

Pierre.

It was all there to be found, but in some cases it took a bit of looking for.  I enjoyed it, but did the earth move for you, darling?

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Independent 8,806 by Eimi

Posted by flashling on January 5th, 2015

flashling.

Monday morning and back to work with a rare outing from the editor.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 537 Xmas Special Look-a-likey

Posted by beermagnet on January 5th, 2015

beermagnet.

The usual massive festive grid with a hark-back to some feature or other from the Eye from the previous year – this time, lookalikes. Also, the traditional massive prize for one lucky solver: £250 prize.

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Beelzebub 1295

Posted by Gaufrid on January 4th, 2015

Gaufrid.

This one struck me as being something of a mixed bag, some very easy clues along with some very unfamiliar answers.

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Guardian Genius 138 by Picaroon

Posted by Bertandjoyce on January 4th, 2015

Bertandjoyce.

A message from Joyce:

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Everyman 3,560

Posted by Matt on January 4th, 2015

Matt.

A steady-as-she-goes Everyman puzzle, with not too much to alarm (or thrill), but a good collection of clues at the shallow end of the pool.

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AZED 2,221

Posted by John on January 4th, 2015

John.

Something very odd has happened this week. The paper and originally the website printed a totally irrelevant clue for 20ac, with Azed’s clue provided (hastily?) after a day or two. Also the website had some extraordinary glitches: it put (5) (5) after 25ac, (7) (7) after 18dn, and (6) (6) after 22dn. Also, 10dn was given as (7) instead of (5), and — at any rate by Tuesday — this hadn’t been corrected.

Which didn’t detract from the usual pleasant solving experience. Everything was straightforward enough and it was obvious what the mistakes were. Azed’s clues are in retrospect nearly always easy to solve: they are difficult simply because they use words that are, to say the least, outside one’s normal experience. This doesn’t take away from their quality, though.

As usual some dictionary research will be needed by you, dear reader, if you are to understand eveything about all the clues. I have underlined the definitions.

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Independent on Sunday 1297 eXternal

Posted by scchua on January 4th, 2015

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.)  I found this a bit hard for a Sunday, having had to come back to it later in the week to finish it. Thanks to eXternal. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Azed 2220 – Christmas Crackers

Posted by Andrew on January 3rd, 2015

Andrew.

In six-and-a-half years of blogging Azed, this is the first time the luck of the draw has brought me a Christmas puzzle. I was a bit apprehensive at the prospect, as some of them have been quite challenging in recent years. However, this one turned out to very much at the opposite end of the spectrum, despite the rather daunting special instructions, and I was surprised to find that I had finished it (apart from a couple of stragglers that needed some Chambers-searching) by about 9.30 on the morning that it was published.

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Independent Crossword 8799 by Klingsor (27-12-2014)

Posted by twencelas on January 3rd, 2015

twencelas.

As the old year comes to an end a last Saturday crossword of the year from Klingsor.

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Guardian 26,453 / Paul

Posted by mhl on January 3rd, 2015

mhl.

After the slog of the big Christmas crossword, this was a welcome relief – a fun and fairly quick solve, lots of excellent clues as you can always expect from Paul.

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Independent 8794 by Nestor (Saturday Prize Puzzle 20 December 2014)

Posted by mc_rapper67 on January 3rd, 2015

mc_rapper67.

Some pre-festive fun and frivolity from Nestor…

I think I quite enjoyed this at the time, but with the extended submission date (and my usual last-minute blogging), not to mention all the actual festive fun and frivolity in between, my memory of the solving process is a little hazy!

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