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Enigmatic Variations 1162 Shortfall by Ottorino

Posted by twencelas on March 6th, 2015

twencelas.

6 answers to jumble after completing the grid to complete 2 groups of 3 creative people; 11 letters to be discarded from the definition of 11 clues describe where to put 2 letters to eliminate the Shortfall. It’ll make more sense as the grid fills up I hope.

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Independent 8,858 by Phi

Posted by John on March 6th, 2015

John.

The usual from Phi: a very pleasant and sound crossword that maintains the high standard. And as usual I am a bit lost on one or two, but these will I’m sure be explained.

As I say below, I had thought there might be an astronomical theme, but failing that, and this theory does I think fail, I can’t see anything else.

Definitions underlined.

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Financial Times 14,872 by PETO

Posted by Turbolegs on March 6th, 2015

Turbolegs.

I thought PETO (unusual for a Friday) set a puzzle that was more approachable than some his earlier servings. I still needed to use the internet to confirm my answers for a couple of clues which I hadnt come across before. 14ac could use some help.

A lovely start to this Friday. Thanks to Peto for a delectable challenge.

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Guardian 26,512 by Imogen

Posted by PeterO on March 6th, 2015

PeterO.

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Guardian 26,511 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on March 5th, 2015

Eileen.

Lots of chuckles and a touch of déjà vu in a most enjoyable puzzle. Favourite clues: 1, 12,  20,18ac and 16dn.

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Independent 8857 / Tees

Posted by Bertandjoyce on March 5th, 2015

Bertandjoyce.

We have come to expect the Thursday Indy puzzle to be tricky, and this offering from Tees was no exception.

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Financial Times no.14,871 by Sleuth

Posted by Ringo on March 5th, 2015

Ringo.

Nothing too taxing in this offering from Sleuth – just a smart, enjoyable puzzle.

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Financial Times 14,862 – Crux

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on March 5th, 2015

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Feb 23, 2015

A puzzle from Crux somewhere between a Dac and a Dante/Rufus. Too many cryptic definitions to my taste today.

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Financial Times 14,861 by Wanderer

Posted by Pete Maclean on March 5th, 2015

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of February 21, 2015

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Financial Times 14,870 by GOZO

Posted by PeeDee on March 4th, 2015

PeeDee.

Another good and interesting puzzle from Gozo, as we have come to expect from him.  Always a pleasure to solve and blog.

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Independent 8,856 / Dac

Posted by RatkojaRiku on March 4th, 2015

RatkojaRiku.

It is Wednesday today, so it is Dac’s weekly opportunity to put Indy solvers through their paces.

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Guardian 26,510 by Puck

Posted by manehi on March 4th, 2015

manehi.

Found this tough…

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Inquisitor 1374: Engagement by Schadenfreude

Posted by Hihoba on March 4th, 2015

Hihoba.

The rubric read:

One answer is not to be entered in the grid. Answers to four clues which lack definitions are thematic. Solver must highlight two other normally clued entries to complete a thematic sextet, each being a 3 across. Corrections to misprints in the definition parts of 14 clues set the scene. Finally solvers must relocate one entry thematically. Ignoring spaces, all initial and final words are real words, proper nouns or phrases; some clue answers do not occupy all the available cells.

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Guardian 26,509 – Screw

Posted by Andrew on March 3rd, 2015

Andrew.

A new setter makes his Guardian debut, and a very promising one, with a good variety of sound clues. I found this quite hard, perhaps partly because I didn’t know what to expect, but it all yilded nicely in the end. Thanks to Screw, and welcome.

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Independent 8855 / Hieroglyph

Posted by duncanshiell on March 3rd, 2015

duncanshiell.

Hieroglyph appears on a monthly basis in the Independent weekday series.

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