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British pharma giant informallyConstructor: Ann Shan Relative difficulty: Medium THEME: YEAR OF THE OX.

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Independent 10,729 by eXternalEXternal fills the mid-week slot this week - it's been over two years since we last blogged one of his puzzles, so this is going to be interesting&.

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LA Times Crossword 3 Mar 21, WednesdayThe 3/21/21 crossword is by Ed Sessa. Themed answers each included the letter string "P-E-N", but with the order changed, "TANGLED".

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Guardian Cryptic 28,383 by PuckPlenty of good clues here, but as a whole, I made heavy weather of the puzzle - which is no criticism of it.

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Good Time on Wall StreetAnn Shan makes her New York Times Crossword debut.

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No 13155, Wednesday 03 Mar 2021, IncognitoSolution to 22D has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation.

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Taking on the Devil's Arrow ChallengeHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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How Did He Create This? We Have No Clue!You can play it Normal sudoku rules apply. Clues outside the grid give the sum of the digits along their indicated diagonal.

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Prose, Poetry, and Puzzles: Multiple Ways to Look at the Same Text!Puzzle fans are used to searching for multiple avenues of entry when it comes to solving.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021 — DT 29402Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29402 Publication date in The Daily Telegraph Monday, June 29, 2020...

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021, Ross TrudeauA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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Chow down on in modern slangConstructor: Ross Trudeau Relative difficulty: Medium THEME: x or y? — familiar two-word phrases where second word is synonym of.

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Financial Times 16,723 by SLEUTHSolid and entertaining stuff needing only a smidgen of UK general knowledge. Thanks to the Sleuth.

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LA Times Crossword 2 Mar 21, TuesdayThe 3/2/21 crossword was constructed by Jeffrey Wechsler. Themed answers end with a brand of COMPUTER, e.g.

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Fill Me In #285: We built a fence.This week, Brian and Ryan welcome a new member into the Pantheon of Compleatists, discuss whether Disney should support local comic book shops , and pose an over/under on Will Shortz's retirement.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021Good day, everyone! March is here just like that! Here is hoping you are well, especially in the past 12 months since there will be a lot of reminders that you'll come across about last March being the month when the gravity of COVID-19 really starting to take a grip in the United States.

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Participated in a Stock ExchangeRoss Trudeau wants to know more about us.

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No 13154, Tuesday 02 Mar 2021, IncognitoSolution to 1D has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation.

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Times Quick Cryptic 27914Solving time: 30 minutes. There were quite a few less than familiar words here but the wordplay was always helpful and fair so they didnt delay me long.

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Times Quick Cryptic 1821 by BreadmanA pangram and a tricky grid layout from Breadman today. It felt like hard work at the time but the pace kept up, so the cluing must have been OK, and I finished in 9 minutes.

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A Puzzle Everyone wants us to TryHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Monday, March 1, 2021, Michael LiebermanA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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How To Play Ticket To Ride!The routes are of varying lengths , and each discrete route marked on the board can be claimed by only a single player.

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The Final Boss Of Thermo SudokuPuzzle has been recommended to us several times over the last few days. It's called The Tree and it marks a debut on the channel for the setter Garford.

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CROSSWORD #1344: Themeless Monday66 worder today. Enjoy. Looking for more puzzles? The Hub Crossword and Marching Bands year six have begun.

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Crossword blog: meet the SetterThe latest in our series where we turn the tables on the torturers. Under the spotlight this time is Paul Bringloe, AKA Tees.

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Monday, March 1, 2021 — DT 29401Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29401 Publication date in The Daily Telegraph Saturday, June 27, 202...

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Guardian Quiptic 1111 BealeA domestic tip/an end attached to a home, namely an attachment to the top of a chimney stack to increase its effectiveness.

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LA Times Crossword 1 Mar 21, MondayThe 3/1/21 crossword is by Catherine Cetta. Themed answers each START with a FALSE statement, e.g.

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WSJ ContestMatt Gaffney’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Chemical Changes” — Laura’s review.

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TV channel for college sportsConstructor: Michael Lieberman Relative difficulty: Easy THEME: World's Fairs — Theme answers were exhibits at the World's Fair.

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No 13183, Monday 01 Mar 2021, AnonSolution to 26A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation.

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Times Quick Cryptic 1820 by TrelawneySolving time: 7 minutes. This seems mostly straightforward with no obscure words and only a couple of slightly unfamiliar meanings.

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Financial Times 16,722 by PHSSTHPOKA first for me to blog this rarely-seen setter, and lots to enjoy here I thought.

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Monthly Club Special 20,245: These Games You Play, They're Gonna End In More Than Tears SomedayMonthly Club Special, another awesome puzzle. Not a duff or even a merely average clue in this mix but I particularly liked the "two in every seven" device , the mashing up of topical crackpottery QAnon with drama schools, and my COD 25ac, with its perfectly thematic sci-fi nerddom.

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Times 27913Sorry, folks, I'd written up a goodly part of the blog when I slid my fat fingers onto the wrong bit of the laptop and lost the lot.

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Cyclops 696 a€“ Istanbul ButcherI have to admit that I have left my homework to the last minute and it is about ten days since I solved this puzzle, and I don't remember too much about the solving process and apart from the fact that it seemed a bit harder than recent Cyclops offerings and, mercifully, there is not a hint of a Trumpian reference anywhere - unless you include...

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Mathematicians Won't Believe this Puzzle can Exist!Hi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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‘And You? 'Michael Lieberman makes his New York Times Crossword debut.

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Only 1% Of People Can Spot The Genius TrickAnd example puzzle can be found puzzle featured in the video is a LITS puzzle by wormsofcan.

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Sunday, February 28, 2021, Brad WiegmannA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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Eyes Open #16Welcome to the latest puzzle in my ongoing series, Eyes Open, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and other civil rights protests.

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Independent on Sunday 1,618 by NitsyHello again. Today it’s Nitsy’s turn to entertain us, and entertained I was. Some surfaces to elicit reactions: an “ew” or two and an “ow” – no crates of beer dropped on my toes please!

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LA Times Crossword 28 Feb 21, SundayThe 2/28/21 "Start the Music" crossword is by Mark McClain. Themed answers are common phrases that each START with a genre of MUSIC.

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Balrog's home in Lord of the RingsConstructor: Brad Wiegmann Relative difficulty: Medium THEME: "Crossword Buff" — puns related to nudism Theme answers: BARELY MANAGING...

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THE HINDU CROSSWORD CORNER: The Sunday Crossword No 3139, Sunday 28 Feb 2021Director of a circus that's starring... me, surprisingly.

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Mephisto 3156I found this one a bit on the tough side. Its not that there were no easy clues, but they seemed to all be located on the right side of the grid.

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Everyman 3,880Apart from the expected rhyming pair , and the 'primarily' clue, the latter of which provides an easy entry into a puzzle, Everyman here seems to be providing a few other nudges to aid the less experienced solver - but makes up for it with a couple of trickier parsings.

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Crossword BuffBrad Wiegmann unveils, unmasks and undresses his debut Sunday puzzle.

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The Sudoku solver Among UsHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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This Puzzle's Opening Logic Will Astonish YouNormal sudoku rules apply. In cages, digits must sum to the small clue in the top left corner of the cage.

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How to Earn a Second Income Without a Huge Investment?So, if you are looking for ways to create several earnings streams, here are a few ideas that might help you to earn a second income.

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The Importance of Second Income: Understanding the ConceptNow, we have multiple streams of a second income that are bordering on our necessity.

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Variety: AcrosticIt don't take a weatherman to know that Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon have blown in with a very difficult puzzle.

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Saturday, February 27, 2021, Yacob YonasA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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Saturday, February 27, 2021 — Cox and RathvonIntroduction Here is today's puzzle from Cox and Rathvon. I will return later with the solution.

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Hoopster's mantraConstructor: Yacob Yonas Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium to Medium.

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Independent 10,726 by KlingsorHello everyone. Thanks to Klingsor for another classy puzzle. I thought 27a was very clever and also enjoyed 8d and 9d . Given the overall quality of the puzzle, I think it’s likely that at least one comment today will make me think “oh yes, why on earth didn’t I mention that one as a highlight?

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Palindrome Numbers can be Divided by 11I recently realised that any #Palindrome Number can be divided exactly by 11. These palindrome numbers must have an even number of digits and when divided by 11 the result is a whole number.

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LA Times Crossword 27 Feb 21, SaturdayThe 2/27/21 crossword is by Matthew Sewell. It is a themeless, Saturday puzzle, as usual.

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Saturday, February 27, 2021A surprisingly smooth and quick solve considering that I'd never heard 1-Across before and didn't get the two answers below it without some helpful crossings.

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In the Cloud, SayYacob Yonas brings us a stellar Saturday puzzle.

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Times Cryptic Jumbo 1483-13 February 2021So hello, here I am again, standing in for Simn Hanson for a while. Since my first blog in November 2009, I have blogged, at one time or another, almost all of the crosswords that TfTT has to offer: the Daily cryptic, Quick cryptic, Sunday cryptic, Mephisto, Club Monthly.

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Times Cryptic No 27906I was stuck on this for ages, with three clues unsolved. To clear my mind, I started preparing the blog.

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Any Questions #486: "Math Problems"WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a show that requires some long division.

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Perseverance: More than just a sudoku techniqueTry the Mars Perseverance Sudoku by Wombat Breath here: sudoku rules apply. The killer cage sums to 38; the marked diagonal sums to 15 and may include repeats.

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A Sudoku You'll Tell Your Grandchildren AboutWow, oh wow. This is a brand new puzzle by Jesper and it has blown our socks off.

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Why do You Need a Second Income to Thrive in 2021Whether your goal is to achieve greater financial stability or want to start something of your own, individuals in general, are now looking for waysRead more about Why do You Need a Second Income to Thrive in 2021?

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6 Fun Things to do While on a long-haul flightThis article is for you. here are a few traveling tips that will help you to get through your long-haul flight easily.

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Upcoming Puzzle Events! The Spring Themeless League, Plus ACPT Going Virtual!Most years, the puzzle event season starts with the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in late March / early April, but 2021 is different.

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Friday, February 26, 2021 — DT 29400Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29400 Publication date in The Daily Telegraph Friday, June 26, 2020...

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Friday, February 26, 2021, Chuck DeodeneA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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Financial Times 16,720 by WANDERERAn excellent offering from WANDERER today to brighten up my Friday.

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LA Times Crossword 26 Feb 21, FridayThe 2/26/21 crossword is by Peter Koetters. Themed answers are phrases ending with a 3-letter word that has the INSIDE letter moved OUT.

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Creator's LeewayChuck Deodene opens our solving weekend.

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Times Quick Cryptic No 1819 by MaraAn enjoyable but tricky test from Mara today to end the week. Some lovely clues with no less than 6 ticks in my copy.

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Times 27,911: Vegan-UnfriendlyA dreaded pink square for me in what wasn't, otherwise, too testing a crossword despite potentially tricky vocab crossing like 6ac/8dn.

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The Art of SudokuHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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I Challenge You To Place One Digit!AppStore: : : OUR CLASSIC SUDOKU APP◀ AppStore: : : OUR SANDWICH SUDOKU APP◀ AppStore Steam: / Android: US PUZZLES TO SOLVE / CONTACT US◀ Twitter: #crypticcracking @ : the puzzle in the video by clicking the link under the video.

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Tips to Earn PayPal Cash as Housewives from HomeTo help you keep that smiling face forever, here is our comprehensive guide that will help you earn paypal cash online.

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5 Questions for Crossword Constructor Erica Wojcik!Welcome to 5 Questions, our recurring interview series where we reach out to puzzle constructors, game designers, writers, filmmakers, musicians, artists, and puzzle enthusiasts from all walks of life!

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CROSSWORD #1343: Take FiveBig shout out to all the mad men and women who write for "Richard Osman's House of Games." Most of the regular solvers of this site don't know about...

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 — DT 29399Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29399 Publication date in The Daily Telegraph Thursday, June 25, 202...

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Thursday, February 25, 2021, Dylan SchiffA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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Architect of original Sisyphean taskConstructor: Dylan Schiff Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium THEME: DOUBLE DOWN.

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Independent 10,724 by TeesTees seems to crop up on different days. It's over a year since we blogged one of his puzzles.

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LA Times Crossword 25 Feb 21, ThursdayThe 2/25/21 crossword is by Susan Gelfand. Themed answers are phrases reinterpreted with reference to fish, e.g.

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Like Beige and LilacWe bet you'll enjoy Dylan Schiff's debut.

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No 13180, Thursday 25 Feb 2021, ArdenSolution to 16A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation.

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27910 Thursday, 25 February 2021 I still remember money!This looks like a not-too-taxing puzzle, which I thought I was doing even better at than my time of 15.44 indicates.

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A Cat VideoHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Did This Sudoku Make Us Cry?You can play it Normal Sudoku rules apply. Cells separated by a knight's move cannot contain the same digit.

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Financial Times 16,718 by MONKA nice puzzle, but with one guess I can't explain. Thanks Monk.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021, Andrew J. RiesA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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LA Times Crossword 24 Feb 21, WednesdayThe 2/24/21 crossword was constructed by Bryant White. Themed answers are things that HANG, and are HANGING from the top of the grid.

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Times 27909I buzzed through this in twenty minutes or so, going off piste a couple of times at 5d and 8d, having a grumble about 13a and being slightly surprised, but not delayed, at 23a.

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Family nicknameHello, all! It's Clare — coming to you this time for the last Wednesday in February rather than Tuesday.

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Times Quick Cryptic 1817 by FelixI was pleased to end up with a pretty quick time in the end, worrying as I solved that I might need a lot more general knowledge than I have.

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Hey, Big SpenderAndrew Ries brings us some cruciverbal healing.

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No 13179, Wednesday 24 Feb 2021, ArdenSolution to 3D has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation.

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Socially Distanced SudokuTry Isaac Struhl's Sudoku for our times here: Sudoku rules apply. In cages, digits sum to the given total in the top left hand side.

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A Sudoku With Only 6 Given Digits! ?Today sees the return of the 6-million sudoku man, Aad van de Wetering! Aad is the author of the puzzle that's appeared in a video viewed more than 6million times on YouTube.

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Does the History of Cryptography Begin in Ancient Egypt?Puzzles in various forms have been with us for thousands of years. We can look back at examples like riddles from ancient Greece and Sumeria, the Smyrna word square from 79 AD, or inscriptions from New Kingdom-era Egypt between the 16th and 11th centuries BC, which can be read both across the rows and down&.

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Greetings Earthlings We Come BucketsThe Boys are back, but now they're Twitch streamers. After some false starts and despite some technical difficulties they solved a Monday puzzle from the New York Times.

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How To Crack A Cryptic CrosswordAppStore: : : OUR CLASSIC SUDOKU APP◀ AppStore: : : OUR SANDWICH SUDOKU APP◀ AppStore Steam: / Android: US PUZZLES TO SOLVE / CONTACT US◀ Twitter: #crypticcracking @ : the puzzle in the video by clicking the link under the video.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021, Kate HawkinsA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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Seat for the ruler of the Seen Kingdoms of WesterosConstructor: Kate Hawkins Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium THEME: POTTY MOUTH.

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Crossword roundup: many ways to play cribbageVarious kinds of ding-dong in our pick of the best of the broadsheets cryptic crosswords.

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Financial Times 16,717 by GURNEYFlew through this until my last corner, the south west, the last 3 clues taking far longer than the rest put together, I'd been privately grumping about how easy this was.

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How can you Earn Money Online Based on Your Personality?We are here to provide you with this unique guide to understand your personality well and win at Wealth Words like never before.

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LA Times Crossword 23 Feb 21, TuesdayThe 2/23/21 crossword is by Paul Coulter. The circled letters at the start and finish of themed answers spell out kinds of CHAIR.

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Fill Me In #284: Neville likes a tidy wallet.This week, Brian and Ryan are in the hot seat as special guest Neville Fogarty stops by to twist their brains with some fun puzzles!

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HoneybunchKate Hawkins classes up the joint.

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No 13178, Tuesday 23 Feb 2021, ArdenSolution to 28A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation.

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Guardian Cryptic 28,376 by MatildaMatilda has honed her skills on well-received Quiptics, and here produces a puzzle in a similar vein - not difficult, but with elegantly turned clues.

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Times Quick Cryptic 1816 by JokerYou wait for a solve exactly 9 seconds over taget and two come along in a few weeks.

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Times Cryptic 27902My solving time of 55 minutes is evidence that I didnt find this at all easy despite there being a handful of clues that would be out of place in a Quick Cryptic.

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When Kakuro meets SudokuHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Extreme Sudoku: Simon Gets Duped!Today's brilliant puzzle is by tenaliraman and was recommended by one of our testers as a great puzzle for learning about the "Between Line" constraint.

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LA Times Crossword 22 Feb 21, MondayThe 2/22/21 crossword is by Fred Piscop. Themed answers, e.g.

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Financial Times 16,716 by SLORMGORMNothing too taxing this morning - a pleasant and steady solve. Some impressive anagram clues at 11a, 16a and 21a.

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Mythical woman after whom element 41 is namedConstructor: Barbara Lin Relative difficulty: Normal Monday except for KYIV, what the hell was that!

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No 13177, Monday 22 Feb 2021, GridmanSolution to 17D has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotatio...

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Times 27907Time: 16 minutes Music: Bax, Tintagel, Boult/LPO Another easy Monday, but I biffed so many Im going to be spending a lot of time figuring out the cryptics as I write the blog.

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Monday, February 22, 2021, Barbara LinA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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QC 1815 by OrpheusA crossword that is notable for the near-absence of one of the staple clue types of the Quickie: as far as I can see there is only one anagram in the whole puzzle.

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If You Want to Finish just one Sudoku This Year…Hi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Sign of Online ShoutingBeware the shark that lurks in Barbara Lin's Monday puzzle!

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If You Try Just One Sudoku This Year…Everyone should have a go at this fantastic sudoku puzzle by Clover! It really is an absolute delight to solve from start to finish.

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Sunday, February 21, 2021, Matthew StockA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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LA Times Crossword 21 Feb 21, SundayThe 2/21/21 "Seeing Progress" crossword is by Pam Amick Klawitter. Themed answers each include "ING", PROGRESSING left-right as we descend.

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Mephisto 3155Greetings barred-grid fans. Im writing this up having just learned of the passing of Jim Biggin.

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Seventh avatar of VishnuConstructor: Matthew Stock Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium. THEME: "Karaoke Bars"

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Sunday Times 4942 by David McLeanA pretty straightforward puzzle this week from Harry, but a quirky one, with some unusual vocabulary and some quite oblique definitions.

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A Socially Distanced SudokuHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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- The New York TimesMatthew Stock hits a high note in his Sunday debut.

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Are SudokuMan's Powers IN His Glasses? !AppStore: : : OUR CLASSIC SUDOKU APP◀ AppStore: : : OUR SANDWICH SUDOKU APP◀ AppStore Steam: / Android: US PUZZLES TO SOLVE / CONTACT US◀ Twitter: #crypticcracking @ : the puzzle in the video by clicking the link under the video.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021, Ali GascoigneA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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Variety: Cryptic CrosswordEmily Cox and Henry Rathvon dress us up in a botanical, boozy puzzle.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021 — Cox and RathvonIntroduction Here is today's puzzle from Cox and Rathvon. I will return later with the solution.

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Anticonsumerists aiming to help the environmentConstructor: Ali Gascoigne Relative difficulty: Medium.

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LA Times Crossword 20 Feb 21, SaturdayThe 2/20/21 themeless, Saturday crossword was constructed by Craig Stowe. The first clue/answer is "Can't someone else?"

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Saturday, February 20, 2021Faves: WICCAN, "IT'S A YES FROM ME " , PRESEASON , Leo ROSTEN, CATWOMAN, SECRET SERVICE, ANYA Taylor-Joy, FREEGANS, "GET A ROOM!"

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Sci-Fi PortalsAli Gascoigne draws us in with a galactic Saturday puzzle.

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Times Cryptic Jumbo 1482-6th FebruaryA rather middle-of-the-road Jumbo, I thought; many of the clues clues wouldnt be out of place in a Quick Cryptic, I suspect.

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Friday, February 19, 2021, Amanda RafkinA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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Times Cryptic No 27900There was some very clever wordplay here, but nothing to stretch the solvers general knowledge.

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The Horse of your Dreams?The green line is a palindrome, it reads the same from both directions. Each different digit must appear at least once on the palindrome.

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Any Questions #485: "Presidential Last Names"WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel bring the show to the Hall of Presidents.

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The Devil's Arrows: One Magnificent SudokuToday's puzzle has been strongly recommended by our Discord server. It's by Lisztes and it's called The Devil's Arrows.

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Friday, February 19, 2021 — DT 29394Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29394 Publication date in The Daily Telegraph Friday, June 19, 2020...

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Jim BigginI am sorry to have to advise you all that Jim Biggin has died. He passed away last month, after a short battle with cancer.

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A White and Snowy White Grid Instead of Black and White?You can get crosswords in many forms these days. You get books full of them, or find them in the newspaper.

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Complete set in musical comedyConstructor: Amanda Rafkin Relative difficulty: Medium.

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Independent 10,719 by PhiIt's Phi-day again - in these strange times, it's good to have a marker to remind us what day it is.

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LA Times Crossword 19 Feb 21, FridayThe 2/19/21 crossword is by Jeffrey Wechsler. Four rows of the grid include a CHEESE as a hidden word, "CRACKED" by a black square.

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Quick Cryptic 1814 by PedroThis was very pleasant, and not too difficult for the most part. I seemed to biff my way through it fairly rapidly, getting held up only on 15ac and 16dn.

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Join Jamal Jordan, Deb Amlen and Sam Ezersky as they solve Zachary Spitz's Thursday PuzzleJoin Deb Amlen, the crossword columnist for The New York Times, and Sam Ezersky, the associate puzzles editor, and help them solve that day's New York Times Crossword.

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Times 27,905: Pursued By A BearI got bogged down in the top half of this puzzle, particularly the NE where Casals was a piece of GK too far for me, resulting in a long trawl of Cawalt, Casamb, Catang, Cagalo...

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Friday, February 19, 2021Greetings, fans of themeless crosswords! The Boswords crew has another virtual crossword tournament coming up, the Spring Themeless League.

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TussleAmanda Rafkin approaches us quickly with a fierce Friday puzzle.

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No 13175, Friday 19 Feb 2021, GridmanRULES FOR POSTING COMMENTS ON FRIDAYS ONLY All those who are not regular commenters but who are rookie commenters or silent followers of the...

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Thursday, February 18, 2021, Zachary SpitzA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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How a Lie Detector WorksHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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The 3-Colour Sudoku ChallengeToday's puzzle has been recommended by Mark - it's called Snakes On A Plane and it's the work of Dying Flutchman.

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Earn more money with QP XTRA: A Complete GuideQP XTRA is Wealth Word's Second Income Program. It enables players to expand their cash winnings by referring new players to QP.

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Could Pigs Be Puzzle Solvers?As a puzzler, I am on a quest to highlight and recognize the skills and accomplishments of fellow puzzlers.

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LA Times Crossword 18 Feb 21, ThursdayThe 2/18/21 crossword is by David Alfred Bywaters. Themed answers each start and end with an item found in a KITCHEN, e.g.

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Thursday, February 18, 2021The central revealer is JUST A BIT OUTSIDE.  This sounds like something an announcer might say, not an official call from the umpire. Regardless, what's going on here is that each of the eight answers mentioned in the revealer clue has the trigram BIT missing from either the beginning or the end.

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Hardly to Be HadZachary Spitz's puzzle is a Thursday treat.

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No 13174, Thursday 18 Feb 2021, KaraokeSolution to 2D has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation.

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Times 27904Time taken: 13:04 but with one very very silly error where I put in one of two possible answers without checking all the wordplay, silly me!

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Times Quick Cryptic No 1813 by IzettiWell, this puzzle from Izetti was quick enough, but not particularly simple. It took me 13 minutes to complete , but a couple of them caused me some concern, and some GK was required to complete, particularly at 16a and...

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021, David Harris and Evan KalishA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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Beats by… Who?Hi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Going From Zero Digits To A Solved Sudoku In 45 Seconds!You can play it Normal Sudoku rules apply. Circled digits must equal the sum of the digits on their attached arrow.

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Relative of a cor anglaisConstructor: David Harris and Evan Kalish Relative difficulty: Easy.

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National Post Cryptic Crossword ForumPuzzle at a Glance Puzzle number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29392 Publication date in The Daily Telegraph Wednesday, June 17, 20...

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Financial Times 16,712 by IONot as hard as Io can be, quite amenable in comparison. I get let off lightly today!

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LA Times Crossword 17 Feb 21, WednesdayThe 2/17/21 crossword was constructed by Julian Lim. Themed answers start with a gait, with that gait speeding up as we descend the grid.

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Times 27903Nothing exceptional, for me, in this puzzle, apart from what I think is a clueing error in 1d.

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Where Edelweiss GrowsDavid Harris makes his New York Times Crossword debut in a collaboration with Evan Kalish.

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No 13173, Wednesday 17 Feb 2021, AvtaarSolution to 8D has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation.

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Times Quick Cryptic No 1812 by HurleyIntroduction 6:32. Plenty of anagrams and very few abbreviations to be found today! Solutions A brief summary of cryptic crosswords feel free to skip : Each clue has at least one definition: an unbroken string of words which more-or-less straightforwardly indicates...

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021, Johanna FenimoreA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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In Space, No-one can hear you WhisperHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Candy Crush Saga Level 4433. No BoosterWe have all Candy Crush Saga levels. Check out the entire series here. We post Candy crush saga levels with no boosters and 3 stars.

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Sudoku At The OK CorralNormal sudoku rules apply. You must shade some cells to satisfy all of the following rules: All shaded squares are orthogonally connected; no 2x2 region is entirely shaded or entirely unshaded; no group of unshaded cells is enclosed by shaded cells; clues outside the grid give the sum of the shaded cells in that row/column; all circled cells are...

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PN Review: Crossword Mysteries: Terminal DescentAlmost two years ago, the first Crossword Mysteries movie debuted. A Puzzle to Die For introduced the puzzle world to crossword editor Tess Harper and NYPD detective Logan O’Connor, as the unlikely duo unraveled the murder of an art dealer with a crossword puzzle in his pocket.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021 — DT 29391Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29391 Publication date in The Daily Telegraph Tuesday, June 16, 2020...

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Financial Times 16,711 by CINEPHILEGenerally agreed to be the doyen of crossword setters, Graham set as Cinephile for the FT and, of course, Araucaria for the Guardian.

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Inquisitor 1685: AWOL by KrugerKruger's puzzle takes us into the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations this week.

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Guardian Cryptic 28,370 by Enigmatist and SoupThe only drawback of blogging a puzzle is that, due to the time constraints of getting the blog published before I get on with the day job and early enough for solvers to benefit from it, I sometimes have to rush through a puzzle that I would prefer to savour.

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LA Times Crossword 16 Feb 21, TuesdayThe 2/16/21 crossword is by Pawel Fludzinski and John Witzke. Themed answers are expressions clued with reference to a famous person.

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Fill Me In #283: Not garbageThis week, the Barnacle is back with talk of all kinds of "nyms" as well some racy background on "ya yas." We also got Necco wafers and bread flour, and maybe even a few crosswords.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021Elizabeth C. Gorski's Cr♥ssw♥rd Nation puzzle , "Blooming take"

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A Cold One, PleaseJohanna Fenimore invites us for happy hour.

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Times Quick Cryptic 1811 by TracyIf only Id have got 1ac straight off, I think his would have been another fast solve.

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Hone your Skills at Classic SudokuHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Monday, February 15, 2021, Meconya AlfordA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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A Lesson From The Sudoku ProfessorToday's puzzle is a gorgeous snake-based sudoku by The Sudoku Professor himself, Richard Stolk! You can play it Normal sudoku rules apply.

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CROSSWORD #1340: Themeless MondayLet me take a moment to raise a glass and toast my man Nam Jin Yoon for working some graphic design magic to allow for the more professional looking...

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Crossword blog: vintage Araucaria puzzlesTo mark 100 years since his birth, three lost puzzles from much-missed Guardian setter Araucaria.

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LA Times Crossword 15 Feb 21, MondayThe 2/15/21 crossword is by Stella Zawistowski. Themed answers start with a synonym of "SWIPE", i.e.

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Rhyming title character who plays the tuba in Cuba, in a Rudy Vallee songConstructor: Meconya Alford Relative difficulty: Challenging.

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Financial Times 16,710 by ZAMORCAI was concerned that this wasn't going to turn out to be the pangram that I was expecting, but thankfully the SW corner came to the rescue.

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Guardian Cryptic 28,369 by BrendanAn unusual idea from Brendan, which I found difficult to get into - particularly as I had the right half completed with nothing in the left, so that it was late in the day when I saw the trick, that the down answers are all paired, with halves exchanged.

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No 13171, Monday 15 Feb 2021, BrunoSolution to 2D has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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Times Quick Cryptic 1810 by MaraSolving time: 7 minutes. This was fine puzzle to solve but when I was blogging it felt a bit repetitive in the type-of-clue department - 6 anagrams and 8 double meanings including 4 of the last 5 Down clues.

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Times 27901A very Monday offering, which I managed in a smidgen under 14 minutes. Not much to say, as we've been busy entertaining this Lunar New Year and are expecting more visitors today.

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Sunday, February 14, 2021, Lisa BunkerA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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Fireball ContestWelcome back, Fireball contest! This month, we are asked, "What U.S. president is hinted at by this puzzle?"

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Valentine SudokuHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Tart Red StalksMeconya Alford makes her New York Times Crossword debut.

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Could Tantan Solve This Any Faster? !Before we introduce tonight's puzzle, do check out the amazing video we released earlier today showcasing the incredible solving skills of Tantan Dai.

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Eyes Open #15Welcome to the latest puzzle in my ongoing series, Eyes Open, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and other civil rights protests.

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The Fastest Female Sudoku Player EverWe interview the incredible Tantan Dai from China. Tantan is currently one of the top two or three sudoku solvers in the world.

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LA Times Crossword 14 Feb 21, SundayThe 2/14/21 "Love Is..." crossword is by Jake Braun. Themed answers are people who defined what "LOVE IS..." with words cited in the clue.

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British tennis champ who invented the sweatbandConstructor: Lisa Bunker Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium Is it... art? THEME: "Sealed With a Kiss" — eight rebus squares contain RED.

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THE HINDU CROSSWORD CORNER: The Sunday Crossword No 3137, Sunday 14 Feb 2021Equivalent to ' ri ngs'? Largely! TORI &lit 9. Worryin...

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Independent on Sunday 1616 TeesThanks to Tees.. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Sunday Times Cryptic 4941, by Robert Price — circling the squareNothing much very convoluted here, but all quite engaging for the smoothness of the surfaces and the uncontrived craftiness of the wordplay.

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Sealed With a KissLisa Bunker constructs a love letter of a Sunday puzzle.

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Total Brain MeltdownHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Ouch! Sudoku Man Gets Mauled By Vicious TigerToday's puzzle sees a debut by the most misleadingly-named constructor ever: "TotallyNormalCat". This one is NOT Normal and it was NOT made by a cat.

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February 2021-1 Across crossword magazineA very special issue commemorating the centenary of Araucaria's birth, with puzzles from Boatman, Doc, Enigmatist, Paul, Soup - and, of course, Araucaria.

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Saturday, February 13, 2021, Will NedigerA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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Saturday, February 13, 2021 — Cox and RathvonIntroduction Here is today's puzzle from Cox and Rathvon. I will return later with the solution.

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Sorting label for a Twitter searchConstructor: Will Nediger Relative difficulty: Easy to Easy-Medium. THEME: none. Word of the Day: SUN...

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UPDATEDUpdated, based on the latest version of Clash Royale** I've been playing #ClashRoyale for four years and I have two accounts.

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LA Times Crossword 13 Feb 21, SaturdayThe 2/13/21 themeless, Saturday crossword is by Adrian Johnson and Jeff Chen. The first clue/answer is "Where to find an OR : US MAP".

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Saturday, February 13, 2021There's a muted M vibe in this puzzle, with PENUMBRA and RUMINATE and BLUES MUSIC and ROSEMARY branching through the grid.

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Springtime ForecastWill Nediger thaws us with a partially sunny Saturday puzzle.

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Times Cryptic Jumbo 1481I thought this was a moderately tricky puzzle with some smart misdirection and a few peculiarly British elements that might have overseas solvers chewing their pens.

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Times Cryptic No 27894This was a delight. Clever definitions, challenging wordplay, and some amusing surfaces. Thanks to the setter for a very enjoyable puzzle.

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Avoiding a DisasterHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Friday, February 12, 2021, Grant ThackrayA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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One Does Not Simply Explain Sudoku Set TheoryWe love today's puzzle which is called Killer Clones by Scott Strosahl! Scott also set the sudoku challenge we'll be releasing on Patreon this Sunday.

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Who Do You Want to See in Crosswords? Make Yourself Heard!Crosswords have long been considered the domain of older white men. Its a stigma on the entire industry, one that has sadly been encouraged by years and years of non-inclusive thinking.

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LA Times Crossword 12 Feb 21, FridayThe 12/2/21 crossword is by Jeffrey Wechsler. Themed answers are phrases reinterpreted with reference to a PLUMBER, e.g.

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Join Deb Amlen and Sam Ezersky as they solve Alex Eaton-Salners's Thursday PuzzleJoin Deb Amlen, the crossword columnist for The New York Times, and Sam Ezersky, the associate puzzles editor, and help them solve that day's New York Times Crossword.

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Noted speaker of more than 20 languagesConstructor: Grant Thackray Relative difficulty: Medium-Challenging THEME: none. Word of the Day: TORTONI.

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Guardian Cryptic 28,367 by PicaroonWelcome today to the Chinese New Year, and the start of the year of the ox.

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Always Up to SomethingGrant Thackray warms us up for our solving weekend.

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Times 27,899: Robots Need Love TooA quality Friday puzzle, this, that kept me busy for the full 10 minutes ending in the 1dn/10ac double bill in the NE corner.

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Times Quick Cryptic No 1809 by OinkA fairly gentle Quick Crossword, I think, from Oink to end the week today. I always enjoy an Oink puzzle, and this one was as fun as ever.

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What are the Odds?Hi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021, Alex Eaton-SalnersA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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Murder Mystery: The Sum KillerToday's puzzle is the new one by Joseph Nehme and it's not only beautiful to look at!

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Delving into the 2021 Winter Wondersolve Puzzles!I finally had a chance to sit down and try my hand at the puzzles from the Winter Wondersolve event a few weeks ago.

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