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Independent 10,557 by MonkIt's been over six months since we last blogged a Monk puzzle - we were looking forward to this.

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No 13013, Thursday 13 Aug 2020, GussalufzSolution 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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Times Quick Cryptic No 1678 by MontyI think we have the added interest of a new setter today, and a very enjoyable puzzle it was too: a broad range of difficulty with an elephant trap or two for the unwary biffer.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020Gary Otting and Wayne Bergman's Wall Street Journal crossword, “Form P's review.

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Crispy Brisket BitsJon Olsen tries to unite us, as we try to say "crispy brisket bits" 10 times fast.

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Guardian Cryptic 28,211 by QaosFirstly, my apologies for missing my slot here last week; I was raring to go, but even if Hurricane Isaias had been downgraded to a Tropical Storm by the time it reached us, it still packed a wallop.

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27742 Thursday, 13 August 2020 A beast by any other numberNo too taxing, completed by your blogger du jour in a smidge under 21 minutes.

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

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A Sudoku Admired By The World's BestHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020, Adesina O. KoikiA 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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Wednesday, August 12, 2020 — DT 29249Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle Number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29249 Publication Date in The Daily Telegraph Thursday, Jan...

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Financial Times 16,553 by GOZOAn interesting themed puzzle, which I think will be accessible to most. Thank you Gozo.

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Cryptic crosswords for beginners: newspapersNext in our collection of tips and tricks: references to newspapers and the people who make them.

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Times 27741It took me far too long to untangle all this, I needed Wiki afterwards to check a couple, and it had a feeling that I was wrestling with a TLS puzzle by mistake at times.

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Cousin of apple cobblerConstructor: Adesina Koiki Relative difficulty: Easy.

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Times Quick Cryptic 1677 by IzettiI was told when starting crosswords that The Times was perhaps not the best to cut your teeth on , and if youre starting out with this tricky little number, Ill extend that advice to you.

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No 13012, Wednesday 12 Aug 2020, AvtaarSolution to 24A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020Robert Wemischner's Wall Street Journal crossword, “Two for the Show”—Jim P's review.

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Cousin of an Apple CobblerAdesina O. Koiki makes his New York Times debut.

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

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Fawlty TowersThis is such a brilliant idea from Peter C Hayward, who made this as a tribute to the great John Cleese.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020, Amanda Rafkin and 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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Board Games and Puzzle Games For Solo Gaming!Friend of the blog Lori reached out to me last week and asked about the best puzzle games and board games for solo play.

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Let's Be Friends with Brooke and SidWhat's it like to write a crossword puzzle for the New York Times, and why does it matter?

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Financial Times 16,552 by GURNEYA satisfying Tuesday puzzle with some head-scratching parses and a couple of smiles,.

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Fill Me In #256: We have out-somethinged the fox.This week, there's a little more promotion of on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 4pm PT / 7pm ET.

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Viking who was first ruler of NormandyConstructor: Amanda Rafkin and Ross Trudeau Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium.

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No 13011, Tuesday 11 Aug 2020, BrunoSolution to 6A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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Refrain in a Children's SongAmanda Rafkin and Ross Trudeau make beautiful music together.

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Times Cryptic 27740I had problems with this one and needed to set it aside for a short time before returning to it with renewed energy.

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Times Quick Cryptic 1676 by TracyThree clues put me in a nautical mood so I found this plain sailing with a following wind and fair tide.

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

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You Will Dream About This SudokuStimim has created one of the most original and interesting puzzles we've seen. This is NOT easy but the logic is so beautiful.

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Monday, August 10, 2020, Lynn LempelA 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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Monday, August 10, 2020 — DT 29247Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle Number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29247 Publication Date in The Daily Telegraph Tuesday, Dec...

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AVCX ContestThe AVCX's submission window for last Wednesday's contest puzzle from Francis Heaney is closed. Here's the answer!

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CROSSWORD #1286: Themeless MondayI have been reminded that Lollapuzzoola is this Saturday. Like all sorts of events nowadays, it's happening in your house.

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Hitler Compares Trump to Moe from The Three Stooges!When Hitler finds out people are still thinking about voting for trump for re-election, he is furious And he explains what these die hard trump supporters just can't see.

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Financial Times 16,551 by ZAMORCAI thoroughly enjoyed this puzzle - lots of witty surfaces and misdirections that kept me on my toes.

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WSJ ContestMike Shenk's Wall Street Journal contest crossword, "Let's Move Beyond It"—Laura's review.

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Muller Monthly Music Meta, AugustTitle: "Playlist Omission" Prompt: The meta for this puzzle is the Bruce Springsteen hit that completes the puzzle's playlist.

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No 13010, Monday 10 Aug 2020, HypatiaSolution to 4D has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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QC 1675 by OrpheusSorry, nothing at all to say this week except look at the explanations below. I cant stand this awful weather where every keystroke is a miniature expenditure of energy too far so Im bailing out as quickly as possible.

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

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The Opposite of SubtleRelax, everyone! Lynn Lempel has helped us find something very important.

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Sudoku's Fantastic Mr FoxHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Sunday, August 9, 2020, Ruth Bloomfield MargolinA 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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Hitler Hates A TikTok Ban!This video is a parody and is covered by the "fair use" doctrine of U.S. copyright law.

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Mephisto 3127Greetings all - this was a rather fun puzzle from Don Manley, and I can only see a little bit of scribble in my grid where I had an original incorrect answer at 5 down.

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Struck old-styleConstructor: Ruth Bloomfield Margolin Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium. THEME: "Craft Show" — you draw on your p...

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THE HINDU CROSSWORD CORNER: The Sunday Crossword No 3112, Sunday 09 Aug 2020Primarily, amicable mademoiselle I'll esteem? AMIE Acrostic Semi and lit 9. Everyman - so healthy!

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Sunday Times 4914 by Robert PriceAnother really entertaining puzzle from Bob this week. I particularly liked 12ac, with its deceptive wordplay, and the cryptic definitions.

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Craft ShowThe art of the puzzle shines through this multilayered and sometimes deceptively simple-looking example.

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

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Saturday, August 8, 2020, Brooke Husic and Sid SivakumarA 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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Crossword Clue: "Fuzzy Navel need"Yesterday the power went out in part of Manhattan , necessitating a need to use up things in the fridge.

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The Magic Behind The Miracle SudokuToday's puzzle has been requested by many of you and it's a doozy. Play spxtr's debut puzzle Sudoku rules : any two orthogonally adjacent cells cannot contain consecutive digits.

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Variety: Cross TiesWill Shortz is back to tie us up, but we can get across these nine little puzzles.

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Saturday, August 8, 2020 — Cox and RathvonIntroduction Here is today's puzzle from Cox and Rathvon. I will return later with the solution.

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Clash RoyaleI've been playing #ClashRoyale for almost four years and I have two accounts. I probably been in around 20 Clans during this time and I'm sharing my tips and tricks for choosing a great clan to join.

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Independent 10,553 by PhiWe now have Phi-day on a Saturday. All very confusing this week but as we also blogged the Hob yesterday we realised that something different was happening this week.

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Conjoined title character of 1990s-2000s Nickelodeon cartoonsConstructor: Brooke Husic and Sid Sivakumar Relative difficulty: Medium. THEME: none. Word of the Day: EVIE Sands.

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LollapaloozaBrooke Husic and Sid Sivakumar warm us up for a tournament with a hot Saturday puzzle.

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Times Cryptic Jumbo 1451A perfectly good Jumbo of standard difficulty, for me at least. I got a little bit stuck on a few at the bottom but still finished in about 40 minutes.

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Times Cryptic No 27732This felt like a typical Saturday offering. When solving on paper, I often look at the clues at the bottom of the page first, and so my FOI was 25dn.

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Any Questions #461: Dog DaysWAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a different breed of show.

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Tumbleweed SudokuTry Simon Ferré's entertaining Tumbleweed Sudoku here Normal sudoku rules apply. EITHER all even cells or all odd cells form a single connected region.

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Friday, August 7, 2020, Tom PepperA 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 Sudoku With A 100% RatingPLEASE CHECK OUT THE EXAMPLE AT THIS LINK IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT THE RULE SET can try Scott Strosahl's Compass Puzzle - mentioned in today's video - - Divide the grid into regions based on the given clues.

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Delving into the 2020 Boswords Crosswords!I finally had a chance to sit down and try my hand at the puzzles from the Boswords Crossword Tournament.

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Spicy condiment from North AfricaConstructor: Tom Pepper Relative difficulty: Medium. Theme: none Word of the Day: NOYE...

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Independent 10,552 by HobWhen Hob popped up on a Phiday, we thought there must be something special happening today&.

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Quick Cryptic 1674 by PedroNine minutes for me, probably towards the harder end of the spectrum. 1ac and 3dn held me up.

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Hrishikesh Hirway joins Deb Amlen, Sam Ezersky as they crush Derek Allen and Jeff Chen's puzzle!

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Move Like a SnailTom Pepper opens our solving weekend.

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Times 27,737: Gegs BenictedI wouldn't describe this as super-hard, but it passed Friday muster at least by the standards of this gentle week, with some interesting and amusing constructions amidst a fair few quite straightforward compatriots.

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

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Thursday, August 6, 2020, Derek Allen and Jeff ChenA 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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Smash Your Sudoku Targets!Today's puzzle by RockyRoer is one of the best puzzles for "teaching" sudoku geometry we've ever seen.

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Another Treasure-Filled Puzzle Hunt in the Works?When it rains, it pours. Just last week, after lamenting the end of Forrest Fenn's famed treasure hunt, we spread the word about a new treasure hunt based in Michigan that had emerged unexpectedly from the ongoing circumstances caused by the Coronavirus.

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CROSSWORD #1285: Coverage AreasYou see that map? That map accurately reflects the concentration all the fans of BEQ.com throughout the lower 48.

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Thursday, August 6, 2020 — DT 29245Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle Number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29245 Publication Date in The Daily Telegraph Saturday, Dec...

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Guardian Cryptic 28205 NutmegThanks to Nutmeg for an enjoyable puzzle; some nice wordplay indicators. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Woman's name that means violetConstructor: Derek Allen and Jeff Chen Relative difficulty: Easy.

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No 13007, Thursday 06 Aug 2020, Dr. XSolution to 14A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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Thursday, August 6, 2020Paul Coulter's Wall Street Journal crossword, “Beam Me Up”—Jim P's review.

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By Any Other NameDerek Allen returns after a long hiatus, with Jeff Chen at his side.

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Times Quick Cryptic No 1673 by TeazelMy thanks for a neatly crafted puzzle from Teazel, containing some nice misdirection, a healthy balance of very easy and cunningly trickier clues, and a smidgeon of General Knowledge that may catch some out.

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Times 27736Time taken: 8:43. Relieved to have an all-correct this time, since I managed to make silly mistakes in both Monday and Tuesdays daily puzzle and the Monday quick cryptic.

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

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Where Trump Learned To Pronounce YosemitePlease donate to help me keep this channel going Paypal.com - is from the fox tv show from the 90's called married with children.

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Sudoku = Jaw-DroppedThis puzzle is am absolute marvel! Solve Madmahogany's Yajilin Sudoku at the link you'd like to play a Yajilin puzzle first then you can find one Sudoku rules apply.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020, Michael PaleosA 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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Wednesday, August 5, 2020 — DT 29244Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle Number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29244 Publication Date in The Daily Telegraph Friday, December...

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How to Make Crossword Puzzles with Standard Microsoft Excel?Have you ever solved puzzles? You must have the right. How about making one? Trust me, it is very interesting.

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Financial Times 16,547 by JULIUSLots of financial stuff in here. Ironically I never liked money, despite having worked in banks and financial institutions for years.

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Times 27735I had posted this for timely display, then checked LJ had saved it, all was fine.

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No 13006, Wednesday 05 Aug 2020, Dr. XSolution to 10A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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What Might Be Said in a Horse VoiceThe horse and comic actor, Bamboo Harvester , contemplated his next move in a chess game with the actor Alan Young in a scene from a 1961 episode of "Mr."

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Times Quick Cryptic No 1672 by HurleyIntroduction Finally, I didnt choke! 5:33 is on par with my other times lately, and Ill gladly take it.

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

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020 — DT 29243Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle Number in DT 29243 Publication Date in Thursday, December 26, 2019 Setter proXimal.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020, Jacob StulbergA 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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Mensa SudokuTry the puzzle is a version without any colouring in the sudoku rules apply. In cages, digits must sum to the small clue given in the top left corner of the cage.

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Who the Heck Is That?A look at one of the entries from last week's puzzles that stumped our solvers.

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5 Questions with Game Designer Grant Howitt!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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Inquisitor 1657: Trivial Pursuit by OpsimathIt's been over a year since we last saw an Opsimath Inquisitor. This is Opsimath's fourth puzzle in the series, but the first that I have blogged.

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

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Financial Times 16,546 by HAMILTONSolved at a fast jog this morning, with the long perimeter clues falling early to speed things up.

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Fill Me In #255: Blanket. Blanket? No, umbrella.This week, there's the inevitable nonsense about bacon and baseball, but we also announce Lollapuzzoola details!

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No 13005, Tuesday 04 Aug 2020, Dr. XSolution to 5A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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Where Clothing May Come ApartA Yorkshire terrier was measured for clothing at a Kombez tailoring shop in Kimerling\TASS, via Getty Images.

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Times Cryptic 27734Solving time: 31 minutes. Some rather fine surfaces today. Not quite as easy as yesterdays offering but for the most part this was pretty straightforward with one or two clues possibly escaped from the Quickie.

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Week of 7/26/2020Bianca Brady and Olivia Shepson break down the week of 7/26/2020. Adieu to you! Twitter.

Whitey Puzzleman's Crossword Hour Shared .

Times Quick Cryptic 1671 by JokerExcellent QC fare from Joker. Quick with some great surfaces to enjoy along the way.

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Magical KingdomThis video would be much shorter if Mark could remember the rules. Try Jonny Kaufman's Magical Kingdom sudoku here: sudoku rules apply, and numbers increase along thermometers from the bulb to the end.

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Monday, August 3, 2020, Eric BornsteinA 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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Monday, August 3, 2020 — DT 29242Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle Number in DT 29242 Publication Date in Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Setter Unknown...

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Man vs GeniusOh dear... Simon decides to take on Phistomefel's latest masterpiece. This sudoku is utterly gorgeous but our man finds it brutally difficult.

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CROSSWORD #1284: Themeless Monday72 worder here. We all know the drill by now. If you can't guess the seed answers in here, well then, I don't know what to tell you.

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50 Best Online Games To Play With Friends While Social DistancingPlay online games for free now and kill the boredom while maintaining social distancing. The list has some tremendous games!

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Crossword roundup: Formica's not made of antsAn option to omit the topical material in our pick of the best of the broadsheet's cryptic clues.

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Mets' venue before Citi FieldConstructor: Eric Bornstein Relative difficulty: Easy THEME: JUST A PHASE — Theme answers begin with phases of matter.

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Financial Times 16,545 by VELIAFirstly, I apologise if I've got 20d wrong. It was the last one in, and I couldn't justify SPIN.

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No 13004, Monday 03 Aug 2020, SunnetSolution to 12A 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 1670 by MaraA fairly straightforward 10 minute solve with rather more double meaning clues than usual - 6 in all.

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Times 27733One of those puzzles with an unchecked vowel, which is likely to cause an error or two and a discussion or three.

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Theatrical SortEric Bornstein's debut puzzle puts us all in a state.

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Try An Amazing Poker Puzzle!Hi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Longtime media columnist DavidConstructor: David Levinson Wilk Relative difficulty: Average THEME: "Puzzlin" — familiar phrases with - ING words in them are r...

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THE HINDU CROSSWORD CORNER: The Sunday Crossword No 3111, Sunday 02 Aug 2020Unit of energy '?... ‘inert gas'?... technical gibberish.

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Sunday, August 2, 2020, David Levinson WilkA 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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Independent on Sunday 1588 HoskinsThanks to Hoskins for an enjoyable solve. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Sunday Times Cryptic No 4913 by Dean Mayer — The Favorite GameNever read the Leonard Cohen novel that shares its name with this entry.. This was quite an enjoyable romp, and I became acquainted with a new fruit and a somewhat obscure usage for "bottom." Worked online, and I neglected to note my FOI or LOI.

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Puzzlin'Did David Levinson Wilk keep you up with his sparkling grid?

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Poker SudokuToday's puzzle is by the creator of The Miracle Sudoku, Mitchell Lee and we absolutely love it.

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Eyes Open: Puzzle #4Welcome 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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Variety: AcrosticEmily Cox and Henry Rathvon, what should we call an erudite brace of acrostic constructors?

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Saturday, August 1, 2020 — Cox and RathvonIntroduction Here is today's puzzle from Cox and Rathvon. I will return later with the solution.

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Saturday, August 1, 2020, Adam Aaronson and Paolo PascoA 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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Independent 10,547 by NimrodHello and Happy Yorkshire Day!  I hope you are well. In my last Indy blog I said the crossword kept me occupied for rather longer than most of the Indy puzzles I’ve blogged lately. Well, I can say the same today, and then some!

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Landlocked land along the Silk RoadConstructor: Adam Aaronson and Paolo Pasco Relative difficulty: Medium THEME: hard-to-spell proper nouns — not really a "theme,".

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No 13003, Saturday 01 Aug 2020, SunnetSolution to 29A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1444: A Waste of Time by GastonHi all, I hope this blog finds you well. Having left the puzzle until far later than is wise, I was very relieved and grateful to find an EV which I could manage between one work day ending and the next beginning.

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Times Cryptic Jumbo 1450-18th July. From gold stars to planet EarthHi everyone, I hope this blog finds you well. I havent managed to so much as look at TfTT for some time, but its not because I dont love you!

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Guardian Prize 28,195 by PaulTwo solutions ending in "loo", yet no toilet references in their clues!

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Monthly Club Special 20,238: A 13ac Cluesack WritesOnce again the most perfectly constructed puzzle of the Club month, with some truly ridiculous words that you'd never believe could be wrangled into yielding such splendid and audacious surfaces, balanced out with plenty of normal-strength "entry point" clues.

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Times Cryptic No 27726This was all done at a relatively brisk pace, although I had an unaccountable block at the end with 16ac.

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Any Questions #460: "What's In The Middle No. 3"WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back in the middle.

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

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Make This Friendship's Day Special with These Unique Celebration Ideas!Friends are the ones who accompany you on life’s journey. They are usually the cheerleaders of the successes and supporters when you fall.

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Cracking The Cryptic: The MoviePlay the puzzle sudoku rules apply. Group Sums: A number in a small circle indicates the sum of the digits in the cells covered by the corresponding circle.

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Lollapuzzoola 13 Is Near!Saturday, August 15, marks the thirteenth annual Lollapuzzoola! The marvelous indie offspring of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, Lollapuzzoola is a favorite of both solvers and top constructors, all of whom would normally descend upon New York City to enjoy what can only be described as “the best tournament held in New York on a&.

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Friday, July 31, 2020, Claire Rimkus and Erik AgardA 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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Crossword master Joel Fagliano joins Deb Amlen, Sam Ezersky as they crush is own puzzle!

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Stage for a Big Star?Claire Rimkus makes her Times debut, in collaboration with Erik Agard. In spaaace!

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ImmaculateAdam Aaronson and Paolo Pasco develop a kooky concept.

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Times Quick Cryptic No 1659 by BreadmanNot the easiest of Quick Crosswords today, I think, with quite a range of general knowledge needed including a Japanese healing technique, an anti-ship missile, a medicinal herb, a film director and geography from around the world.

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Times 27,731: One Who May Resist A ParsingI found this easyish for a Friday but containing many features that may prove Marmitey: multiple crossreferences, unusual words clued by anagrams, words that might be easily misspelling if you aren't paying close attention to the cryptic...

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

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Puzzles Like This Are Why We Love SudokuHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Treasures Galore Await Puzzlers in Michigan!One famous treasure hunt might finally have ended, but another one has risen up in its place halfway across the country.

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CROSSWORD #1283: Oh!Oh, hi! It's another puzzle from yours truly. Enjoy. Looking for more puzzles? The Hub Crossword and Marching Bands year...

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Thursday, July 30, 2020, Joel FaglianoA 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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French department that borders SwitzerlandConstructor: Joel Fagliano Relative difficulty: Easy.

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No 13001, Thursday 30 Jul 2020, AfterdarkSolution to 29A 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 1668 by IzettiA tough one today from Izetti, broadly on a par with Mondays and Tuesdays 15x15 puzzles, and I bunged in 1d with no great certainty just to creep in under the 16 minute mark.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020David Alfred Bywaters's Wall Street Journal crossword, “It's Time to Turn In”—Jim P's review.

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Casino CalculationJoel Fagliano masters the art of saving space.

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

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Dutch Sudoku MagicToday's puzzle is a world-class hybrid sudoku by Hans van Stippent. You can play it Sudoku rules.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020, Amanda Chung and Karl NiA 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 16,541 by ARTEXLENI found this quite tough. One of those puzzles where the clues seemed obvious only after I had found the answer.

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Times 27729A pleasant if unexceptional puzzle today, the word play is fairly straightforward and I expect to see a low SNITCH value.

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Times Quick Cryptic 1667 by OinkNot my fastest time for an Oink, but I cant tell if thats the result of me being offline for a week or so, or if its really a tester.

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Wisecracking bear of filmConstructor: Amanda Chung and Karl Ni Relative difficulty: Challenging.

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No 13000, Wednesday 29 Jul 2020, AfterdarkSolution to 19D has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020Michael Lieberman's Wall Street Journal crossword, “Broken P's review.

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Something That Is BidAmanda Chung and Karl Ni are really asking a lot of us.

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"Sudoku Facile" by MozartHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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This Sudoku Has No Digits At All!Hi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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The Fun Side of CrosswordeseAnyone who solves crosswords is familiar with some aspect of crosswordese, even if they dont know it by that name.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020 — DT 29238Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle Number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29238 Publication Date in The Daily Telegraph Thursday, Dec...

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25 Extraordinary Ways to Win Real Money Instantly!Here we are talking about some awesome ways to win real money online instantly. We bet you won't ask, ‘how to win money instantly' after this.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 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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Financial Times 16540 FalconThanks to Falcon for an enjoyable one. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Independent 10,543 by RadianIt's been three months of lockdown since we last blogged a Radian puzzle, so we looked forward to this&&.

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Fill Me In #254: Of all the things that are possible, that's certainly one of them.This week, Ryan and Brian talk Sondheim , learn about mass nouns, and attempt to tame a small bit of literary criticism fire.

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Source of beautiful plumesHello, everyone! It's Clare here for the last Tuesday of July. Hope everyone is safe and staying inside as much as possible!

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No 12999, Tuesday 28 Jul 2020, VulcanSolution to 7D 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 28,197 by QaosA not too difficult offering from Qaos, with, as usual, a theme: musical instruments. There are a few borderline cases - SIREN , the hidden HARP, and SNARE , along with various related items lightly highlighted in the grid.

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Outs' OppositesCan we really believe what Ross Trudeau tells us?

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Times Cryptic 27728I completed all but 14dn and 20ac in 26 minutes, but when I hadnt solved them within my 30 minute target I decided to set the puzzle aside and return to it later.

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Times Quick Cryptic 1666 by CorelliCapn Corelli in good form, producing a very challenging puzzle with a sting in the tail and a theme.

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Tough Test for a PhDHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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The Miracle Sudoku 2This is one of the most exceptionally brilliant puzzles we've ever seen. You can try Ri Sa's incredible Thermocouples sudoku for sudoku rules apply.

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Monday, July 27, 2020 — DT 29237Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle Number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29237 Publication Date in The Daily Telegraph Wednesday, De...

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CROSSWORD #1282: Themeless MondayAnother Themeless Monday, coming at you. Enjoy. Looking for more puzzles? The Hub Crossword and Marching Bands year six...

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Crossword blog: American-style puzzle No 13Another puzzle in our ‘American-style' series - along with some tips on how to tackle it.

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Monday, July 27, 2020, Alan ArbesfeldA 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 16,539 by SLORMGORMI wouldn’t be invited into Home and Away’s acting troop.

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Puppeteer LewisConstructor: Alan Arbesfeld Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium, Medium, somewhere in there. THEME: "Hi there! " — theme answe...

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No 12998, Monday 27 Jul 2020, AnonSolution to 12A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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QC 1665 by TeazelI have had some very easy Monday crosswords in recent weeks. This one was also quite straightforward although I would say it was slightly more difficult than the others.

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Cyclops 681 a€“ Infection Price TagTypical Cyclopsean fare, book-ended by two references to 'members', neither of which are MPs and but also two uncharacteristic setting / editing slips, at 1A and 20D?

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Keep All the Rules in Mind!Hi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Can You Spot Simon's Error Before He Does! ?Play the puzzle Sudoku rules apply. In each row/column/9-cell irregular region, two digits must be shaded as "stars".

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Sunday, July 26, 2020, Trenton CharlsonA 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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Well, Hello to You, TooAlan Arbesfeld opens our solving week in a very friendly way.

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How to Calculate the Odds of Winning South African PowerballWatch the video for all the details - brought to you by # are a few simple calculations necessary to get the answer.

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Mephisto 3125Its your weekly dose of barred-grid, this time with Tim Moorey and a puzzle that I found pretty straightforward - usually Tim throws in a few cultural references that are not in my wheelhouse, but I only needed to look a few things up along the way here.

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Martin star of 1960s TV's Route 66Constructor: Trenton Charlson Relative difficulty: Medium.

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THE HINDU CROSSWORD CORNER: The Sunday Crossword No 3110, Sunday 26 Jul 2020On the tougher side today.ACROSS 1. Party that might be in a garage.

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Sunday Times 4912 by David McLeanNothing too difficult in this one. The unknown coins at 26ac looked very unlikely, even with such crystal-clear wordplay, but more or less everything else was familiar to me.

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Independent on Sunday 1,587 by ShabboThe clues are straightforward, but nevertheless I found quite a few of them difficult. I attempted this puzzle after a good dinner and several glasses of wine.

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Classic Sudoku: Useful TechniquesHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Made-to-OrderTrenton Charlson's puzzle asks us to line up properly, please.

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The Puzzle One Of Us Failed To SolveToday's puzzle by Philipp Huber is quite extraordinary - even by Cracking The Cryptic's standards.

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Saturday, July 25, 2020, Royce FergusonA 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: Puns and AnagramsAnything goes in Sam Ezersky's spicy variety puzzle.

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Saturday, July 25, 2020 — Cox and RathvonIntroduction Here is today's puzzle from Cox and Rathvon. I will return later with the solution.

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The Real Psychology Behind Crossword PuzzlesHave you seen the movie "The Imitation Game" which is based on Alan Turing? If you have seen the movie, I'm sure you noticed howRead more about The Real Psychology Behind Crossword Puzzles.

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Times Cryptic Jumbo 1449: A Day At The RacesAn easy one to blaze straight through, with many of the answers being just what you'd first expect them to be, requiring just a cursory check of the cryptic part to confirm.

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Intestinal neighbors of jejuna and cecaConstructor: Royce Ferguson Relative difficulty: Easy? I was not speeding and got up in the middle to do something, so I don't know......

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For Whose Sake?Royce Ferguson sets up our weekend stacks.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1443: Girl Sang Hymn by PiccadillyJust like London buses, you wait ages for a Piccadilly to blog , and then three come along in quick succession.

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Guardian Prize 28,189 by PuckHaving spotted Toulouse Lautrec as my first one in I was expecting an easy ride with write-ins of famous paintings.

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Times Cryptic No 27720There was much here beyond my ken, but only 12dn eluded me completely. The rest was a medium difficulty solve, with some delightful touches from the likes of the batsman at 9ac and the boozer at 13ac.

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Friday, July 24, 2020, 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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Any Questions #459: "Things Containing MLB Team Names"WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return for another baseball show.

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

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This Sudoku Is As Good As It GetsPhistomefel has again created a sublime work of puzzle art with his Cave Sudoku. Play it Normal sudoku rules apply.

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BosWords Crossword Tournament Goes Virtual This Weekend!Sunday, July 26th, from 12:30 to 5, puzzlers from all over will log in for the first virtual edition of the BosWords Tournament!

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Friday, July 24, 2020 — DT 29236Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle Number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29236 Publication Date in The Daily Telegraph Tuesday, Dece...

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Quick Cryptic 1664 by Orpheus8 minutes. Immediately abandoned my attempt to do it as a clean sweep, having been unable to spot 1ac without a bit of help.

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John Yang joins Deb Amlen, Sam Ezersky as they crush Robyn Weintraub's tricky puzzle!

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Greek personification of darknessConstructor: Grant Thackray Relative difficulty: Easyish. THEME: none Word of the Day: EREBUS.

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Stock CharacterA worker stocking the shelves at a Sainsbury's supermarket in Greenberg / Education Images / Universal Images Group, via Getty Images.

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A Thermo by Aad… oh yes!Hi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020, Robyn WeintraubA 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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The 10/10 SudokuToday's puzzle is a gem by Richard Stolk. You can play it Normal sudoku rules apply.

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Kickstarter Roundup!Oh yes, it’s that time again. For years now, crowdfunding platforms been hotbeds of innovative puzzle and game design, and I’m always happy to spread the word about worthy projects that I think will delight and intrigue my fellow PuzzleNationers.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020 — DT 29235Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle Number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29235 Publication Date in The Daily Telegraph Monday, Decem...

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Swaying just before disasterConstructor: Robyn Weintraub Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium.

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No 12995, Thursday 23 Jul 2020, IncognitoSolution to 11A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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Glamping OptionRobyn Weintraub offers us a contender for puzzle of the year.

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Times Quick Cryptic No 1663 by JokerBack on duty after a few welcome days break in Devon. After my miserable failure to spot an obvious superhero theme in my last blog, I have searched in vain for a theme or NINA here.

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Times 27724… reverse engineeringSolving time: 8:24. Far more straightforward solve than yesterdays which I didnt find the time to comment on but it seems there was not a great deal of love.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020, Peter A. CollinsA 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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Classic SudokuHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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