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Guardian Quiptic 803 Provis

Posted by scchua on April 6th, 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.)   An enjoyable straightforward Quiptic with nice storytelling surfaces in the clues, thanks to Provis (aka Magwitch in the FT).  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Beelzebub 1,308

Posted by Simon Harris on April 5th, 2015

Simon Harris.

It may be my imagination, but I do seem to be drawing an easier share of the weeks than Gaufrid recently.

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Everyman 3,573

Posted by PeterO on April 5th, 2015

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Genius 141 / Vlad

Posted by duncanshiell on April 5th, 2015

duncanshiell.

The preamble told us that in 11 clues the wordplay produces a letter surplus to the solution. In order, these 11 letters provide a cryptic definition for 10 other solutions, represented in their clues as ****.

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Independent on Sunday 1310/Commoner

Posted by Pierre on April 5th, 2015

Pierre.

Took me ages to get going with this one; I’m putting it down to having to put the clocks forward and my brain therefore not being in gear on this Sunday morning.  Some tricky ones to parse here.  Good puzzle, though.

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AZED 2,234

Posted by ilancaron on April 5th, 2015

ilancaron.

I managed to charge through this pretty quickly at my desk while pretending to work (and listening to The Rolling Stones on YouTube — unrelated I think). A couple of wordplays still to resolve which I fully plan to… (best laid plans…)

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Independent Saturday Prize Crossword 8877 by Klingsor 28/03/15

Posted by Bertandjoyce on April 4th, 2015

Bertandjoyce.

We started off very quickly with both of us solving 1AC as soon as we looked at the clue. Despite the setter, we wondered if we might be in for an easy solve. How wrong can you be?

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Guardian Prize 26,531 / Otterden

Posted by Eileen on April 4th, 2015

Eileen.

I know that Otterden has plenty of admirers here but regular readers will know that he does not feature in my long list of favourite setters and so I have followed Qaos’ advice to one of the commenters here to attempt to find something positive to say for each comment that is less so – or, in some cases, simply to resist adding a negative comment.

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Enigmatic Variations 1166 Adventurous Group by Piccadilly

Posted by twencelas on April 3rd, 2015

twencelas.

Some normal clues to be jumbled and some clues with additional letters in the wordplay to be entered normally. The extra letters spelling out the adventurous group who are in two symmetrically placed areas in the final grid. Sounds like a jigsaw puzzle.

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Independent 8,882 by Phi

Posted by John on April 3rd, 2015

John.

Every Friday we have the same thing, a very satisfactory and pleasant crossword from Phi, with few if any points of controversy. Initially, when I saw the answer ‘raindrop’ I thought Phi was balancing out all those rock music Ninas we so often have, by having nicknames of pieces of music, possibly just by Chopin, but either he is, and I am ignorant, or this was a false lead.

As usual with Phi for some reason, I was slow to start but then made steady progress.

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Guardian Cryptic 26536 Chifonie

Posted by scchua on April 3rd, 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.)   A nice puzzle, quite straightforward I thought.  Thanks to Chifonie.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Independent 8881 / Knut

Posted by Bertandjoyce on April 2nd, 2015

Bertandjoyce.

This is only the third Knut puzzle in the Indy and as it was Thursday, we expected a challenge. There was some very clever and inventive clueing but also a few others that felt a bit ‘clunky’ or didn’t quite work in our opinion. Also, there were quite a few words that needed their definition checking before we were happy with the parsing.

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Financial Times 14,895 by ARTEXLEN

Posted by David and Linda on April 2nd, 2015

David and Linda.

We had a couple of quibbles (which we shall probably find are down to us missing the point rather than any deficiency in the crossword) but overall we enjoyed this.

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Guardian 26,535 by Imogen

Posted by PeterO on April 2nd, 2015

PeterO.

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Financial Times 14,886 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on April 2nd, 2015

Sil van den Hoek.

On the whole a Dante puzzle as we expect it to be. Easy, especially the right hand side, but pleasant.

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