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Independent on Sunday 1596 HoskinsThanks Hoskins for an enjoyable one. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Sunday Times Cryptic No 4921 by David McLean — Oh honest brain disorder it's notThere was nothing 11 about any of the clues hereindeed, this may be the easiest offering from Harry that Ive blogged.

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Happy Anniversary CTC!Jodawo celebrates the 3rd anniversary of our first sudoku here: sudoku rules apply, and the marked diagonals each contain 1-9, as do the blue cells.

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Playing With FoodAlex Eaton-Salners provides the ingredients for a sumptuous Sunday solve.

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THIS Makes The Miracle Sudoku Look Easy!Today we feature a new puzzle by the man behind The Miracle Sudoku, Mitchell Lee.

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50 Secrets To Earn Money OnlineYou need extra money, but you're not sure where to start. Don't worry, we've got you covered.

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Variety: AcrosticACROSTIC — I made a mess of this solve, but the excerpt is out of a terrifically acerbic book that I once read and loved — it's on a shelf in my basement right now, reminding me of college when my tastes ran to Dorothy Parker, William S. Burroughs and today's author, Ambrose Bierce.

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Saturday, September 26, 2020, Kristian HouseA 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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Password PlusIt seems like Patty Duke has done this before.

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Saturday, September 26, 2020 — Cox and RathvonIntroduction Here is today's puzzle from Cox and Rathvon. I will return later with the solution.

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Finance reporter RonConstructor: Kristian House Relative difficulty: Medium. THEME: none.

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No 13051, Saturday 26 Sep 2020, ArdenSolution to 13A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation.

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Cleansing of the SoulKristian House leads an outdoor workout.

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Guardian Prize 28,243 by PhilistineMore delightful cluemanship on display in this week's puzzle in what used to be the prize slot.

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Times Cryptic No 27774My better half and I agreed this week that the daily sudoku puzzles in our morning paper seem to be getting easier.

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Any Questions #468: "r, B, G"WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a show inspired by the late RBG.

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Friday, September 25, 2020, Rachel FabiA 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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Cracking Classic SudokuHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Hitler Can't Get His Halloween Costume On TimeHitler has coronavirus - hates people leaving quarantine - hates looters - cant get cupcakes - Hitler hates amazon prime - Hates Carol Baskin BUT LOVES Tiger King - Hates 'Even More Space' from Jet Blue.

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The Sudoku ProfessorToday's video features the latest puzzle by sudoku professor Richard Stolk. Do have a go at this one, it is absolutely gorgeous...

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PuzzleNation Product Review: Escape the Room: The Cursed DollhouseAll this week, we've been discussing different ways to enjoy escape room-style solving from home.

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Iliza Shlesinger joins Deb Amlen and Sam Ezersky to slay a tricky Thursday!

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Lowest rating in showbiz's Ulmer ScaleConstructor: Rachel Fabi Relative difficulty: Easy. THEME: none. Word of the Day: Stanley TUCCI — Stanl...

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Friday, September 25, 2020Hey, hey, hey! It's Team Fiend writer Rachel Fabi here with a themeless as crisp and fresh as a Honeycrisp apple.

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Hitler Learns Trump Will Replace RBG Before ElectionHitler Learns Trump Will Replace Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the Notorious RBG before the the actual movie this is from DOWNFALL here.

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Guardian Cryptic 28,248 by NutmegMostly on the simpler side - for a Nutmeg - but with a couple of definitely tricky parses.

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Force FeedRachel Fabi's debut puzzle breaks the internet.

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Times Quick Cryptic No 1709 by AlfieTodays quick crossword is from Alfie, a setter who always provides a crossword with an alphabetical twist.

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Jumpy JumpWe 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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Times 27,779: Fyodor TrotskyA little disappointing difficulty-wise at the end of an above-averagely easy week, but I found much in here to enjoy, with some really exceptional surfaces.

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Thursday, September 24, 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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One Puzzle We Can Do… and One We Couldn'tHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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

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Escape Room Gameplay at Home: Unlock! and Exit: The GameIn yesterdays post, we discussed different ways you can enjoy escape room-style puzzling at home.

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Harry Potter Puzzles and Spells. Intro and 1st 5 levelsCandy Crush T-Shirts! - Crush Blankets - of Candy Crush Secrets and Tips - Game Guide - Eat/Sleep / Crush TShirt - Holder - Crush Coloring Book - Crush Socks - Crush Plush Doll.

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CROSSWORD #1299: SymbolizingShout out to Francis Heaney for the assist on this theme. If he got a dollar for every assist, well, he might have upwards of $25 now.

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Times Quick Cryptic No 1708 by TeazelA bit of a trickier one today from Teazel - at a minute-and-a-half over target this took a touch longer than yesterdays 15x15, with five fewer clues.

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Thursday, September 24, 2020I enjoy the Vwlss Crsswrds but I never know how to review them. They have no vowels!

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‘Have I Ever Steered You Wrong? 'Trenton Charlson explains things to us.

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Among UsAmong Us is a multiplayer game, supporting 4-10 players. 1-3 of these players are randomly selected each game to be Impostors, while the rest are Crewmates.

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27778 Thursday, 24 September 2020 It's time to crack open the BollyNot much more demanding than yesterdays, and as far as I can tell lacking the extraordinary NINA in the first letters of the across clues.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020, Margit ChristensonA 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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Fun With Flags, Sudoku StyleHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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A Puzzle To Rank Your Mensa IQToday we feature a puzzle from the genius mind of Phistomefel. He calls it "Chaos Sudoku With Slitherlink #1".

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Series of documents that trace a pathConstructor: Margit Christenson Relative difficulty: Medium.

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Financial Times 16,589 by MONKA tricky one from Monk. A very satisfying puzzle if you have the time. Thank you Monk.

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Times 27777This was a fast solve and a not very exciting crossword for me, I cant find much to say about it, except it was disappointing for a Wednesday.

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Times Quick Cryptic 1707 by OrpheusNice puzzle - average time. Following on from yesterdays Japanese poetry lesson, I was forced to guess a bit more general knowledge today , and I was slow to think of the required woman at 11ac.

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No 13048, Wednesday 23 Sep 2020, GridmanSolution to 17A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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The Simplest ExplanationMargit Christenson makes her New York Times Crossword debut.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020, Jeremy NewtonA 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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Food Fight!Ready for a battle with some sandwiches? Try Shye's puzzle here: Normal sudoku rules apply, and each row/column with clues has a sandwich clue and a battlefield clue.

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Simon And The Snake FactoryToday's puzzle from Willy Wonka is both brilliant and tricky. You definitely have a chance of doing any number of steps faster than Simon today!

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Escape Room-Style Solving From Home!Unfortunately, the ongoing global crisis is preventing a lot of people from feeling safe while engaging in communal puzzly events.

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Candy Crush Saga Level 4406

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The Puzzle 50% Of You Voted For!We solve Quarterthru's Snake Sum sudoku. It's playable here: sudoku rules apply except that the regions are irregular.

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Independent 10,591 by DillWe have not blogged a Dill puzzle before, so we looked forward to the challenge.

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Fill Me In #262: I knew in my mind that it wasn't about pasta.This week, Ryan and Brian talk asterisks and defenestration, and your guess is as good as ours whether it has anything to do with crosswords.

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Financial Times 16588 Sleuth"budge" minus its 1st letter contained in.

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Comic book character with title role in blockbuster 2018 filmConstructor: Jeremy Newton Relative difficulty: Easy.

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No 13047, Tuesday 22 Sep 2020, GridmanSolution to 20D has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020Elizabeth C. Gorski's Cr♥ssw♥rd Nation puzzle , "Brainy take"

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What Kites Do in the WindJeremy Newton pays tribute to a man who was a hero in more ways than one.

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Times Cryptic 27776Solving time: 52 minutes. Not overly difficult but there was quite a lot to think about here, for me at least.

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Times Quick Cryptic 1706 by IzettiI was interrupted half way through this so dont have time to reflect level of difficulty but I would say this is at the easier end of the Izetti spectrum.

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Do You Know Your Times Tables?Hi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Horace and Frances discuss the New York Times Crossword Puzzle: Monday, September 21, 2020, Daniel Larsen and the Wave Learning Festival Crossword ClaA 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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Killer HippoHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Best Browser Games You NEED to Try in 2020Browser games are an ideal way to engage in a casual gaming session between your work or studies, and if that is what you are looking for, our list of 30 best browser games across different categories will help you.

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Win Instant Cash Online with Quick Picks!Have you ever imagined making instant money while sipping a cup of coffee or lying on a couch?

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CROSSWORD #1298: Themeless MondayThose with hours to kill and no way of filling them up could certainly bump up their BEQ quota today.

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Monday, September 21, 2020 — DT 29277Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29277 Publication date in The Daily Telegraph Tuesday, February...

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Cryptic crosswords for beginners: doctorsNext in our collection of tips and tricks: references to physicians of all kinds - and even Liam Fox.

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The Times Cryptic Crossword Book IndexesFor anyone who, like me, prefers to do the Times Crosswords from the books here are links to all the crosswords that are on this site that are in the books.

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Financial Times 16,587 by VELIAI always look forward to the puzzle when I see it is set by Velia.

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QC 1705 by MaraA very enjoyable puzzle for the start to the week. Fairly straightforward as is the Monday tradition but once again I did enjoy quite a few of the clues even though they didnt hold out for very long.

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Tony who played 15 seasons with Minnesota TwinsConstructor: Daniel Larsen and The Wave Learning Festival Crossword Class Relative difficulty: Medium. THEME: two-word phrases whe...

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No 13046, Monday 21 Sep 2020, KaraokeSolution 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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Times 27775Time: 27 miinutes Music: Wagner, Tristan and Isolde Prelude, Klemperer This was pretty much a typical Monday puzzle, well-clued but rather straightforward.

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Cyclops 685 a€“ Cherish NibblesIs it just me, or is Cyclops getting smuttier in his clueing lately?

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A Satisfying Mash-UpHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Question From an OwlDaniel Larsen opens our solving week, after closing our previous one.

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The Sudoku Decision TreeEric Fox's Arrow Sudoku looks like a complicated decision tree but actually requires the solver to navigate a very precise path.

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Sunday, September 20, 2020The on my solving time is because I'd had my first margarita in probably 7 or 8 months and I could barely stay awake through the puzzle.

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Childcare expert LeShanConstructor: Sam Trabucco Relative difficulty: Medium-Challenging. THEME: "Word Ladders" — the words in the word ladder.

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THE HINDU CROSSWORD CORNER: The Sunday Crossword No 3117, Sunday 20 Sep 2020Subject is suppressing resistance ring. TROPIC OPIC} 10 Conman not about to get left in prison.

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Sunday, September 20, 2020, Sam TrabuccoA 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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Mephisto 3133: Don ManleyOh dear, I appear to have been migrated to a new posting system, which removes the colours and the spacing of the automated blog poster that I have been using.

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Sunday Times 4920 by Robert PriceA characteristically witty puzzle from Bob this week. I think my favourite clues were the outrageous 2dn and the brilliant 21dn, but there's lots of fun stuff in here.

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Independent on Sunday 1,595 by NitsyMy experience was this started off super-easy in the top-left corner then gradually began to stiffen up as the solve progressed.

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Word LaddersIt's a bit of a climb, but with Sam Trabucco to guide you, you'll enjoy every step of your ascent.

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

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Sherlock Holmes Vs SudokuToday's puzzle requires an incredible number of cunning pieces of logic. Will our proxy Sherlock find it elementary?

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Puns and AnagramsI also am not too bad with the anagrams, as it turns out. I read the clue for 61A, "Nobody at the noon E.T.A.," and immediately knew that "noon E.T.A." was an anagrammed synonym for "nobody." When you anagram "noon E.T.A.," you get NOT A ONE.

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Saturday, September 19, 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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Saturday, September 19, 2020 — Cox and RathvonIntroduction Here is today's puzzle from Cox and Rathvon. I will return later with the solution.

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Independent 10,589 by TeesI don't seem to have solved / blogged a Tees Saturday Indy since Xmas Eve 2016, so nice to lock horns again!

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Jumbo 1458I think this was a reasonable Jumbo, although some of the parsing was a bit of a struggle when writing this up, with 20D and 52D becoming clearer as I went through the puzzle again.

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Russian letter in spelling of tsarConstructor: Robyn Weintraub Relative difficulty: Easy.

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Smart Relative?Robyn Weintraub plays us like a fiddle and leads us in singing a song of sixpence in this themeless puzzle.

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Guardian Prize 28,237 by PaulAnother excellent Prize puzzle from Paul. Tricky to get started: the clues are not obscure but just not obvious, if you get what I mean.

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Times Cryptic No 27768A puzzle with middle of the road difficulty, but much to enjoy, including three nice homophones.

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Any Questions #467: "What's Missing? "WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel look for a missing piece.

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What A Great Idea for a SudokuTry Dying Flutchman's lovely Odd sudoku here: sudoku rules apply and clues outside the grid give the sum of the first X digits seen in the row/column, given that X is the first digit seen from the clue.

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House of Da Vinci 2The House of Da Vinci 2 is a 2019 puzzle adventure game developed by Slovak indie studio Blue Brain Games.

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Surely This Sudoku Can't Be Solved?Hi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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A Dash of Poetry Punnery!  The ReHASHtag GameYou may be familiar with the board game Schmovie or hashtag games on Twitter. For years now, we’ve been collaborating on puzzle-themed hashtag games with our pals at Penny Dell Puzzles, and this month’s hook was.

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Friday, September 18, 2020, Anne and Daniel LarsenA 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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Typographer's gapConstructor: Anne and Daniel Larsen Relative difficulty: Easy. THEME: none. Word of the Day:...

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Financial Times 16,585 by WANDERERA nina runs along the sides of the grid - although the significance is lost on me.

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What Apps Pay You Real Money to Play Games?You are on your phone anyway, and you can earn some cash while you are at it.

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Quick Cryptic 1704 by JokerI found this thoroughly enjoyable. Some fairly convoluted wordplay, but not too difficult. Describing a banjo as a sort of guitar sounds like it might upset a purist somewhere.

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Guardian Cryptic 28242 PaulThanks to Paul for the challenge. I was getting nowhere until 18 across was cracked.

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It's Thursday! Join Deb Amlen and Sam Ezersky as they tackle Simeon Seigel's tricky puzzle

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In-Tents ExperiencesAnne and Daniel Larsen work beautifully together.

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Times 27,773: Gimme ShelterNot the hardest end to a week but not without its tricky clues. It feels like a long time since I could last say it was one corner giving me particular trouble, but I ground to a bit of a halt in the SE here, with 16, 21 and 17 down all being slow to give up their secrets, plus 29ac proving one of...

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"Warning: This is not going to be Easy"Hi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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SokodiceInspired by the classic crate-pushing puzzle game, Sokoban, Sokodice is a challenging puzzle game where you roll dice around 100+ challenging levels, trying to match the number of the dice to numbered tiles scattered about.

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World Class Kakuro!Hi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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The Search for the Greatest PalindromePalindromes are a classic — and challenging — form of wordplay. Essentially, you’re trying to come up with phrases or entire sentences that read the same backwards and forwards.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020, Simeon SeigelA 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 #1297: Tea PartyFans of my trickier themeless puzzles should consider signing up for the Boswords 2020 Fall Themeless League.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020 — DT 29275Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle Number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29275 Publication Date in The Daily Telegraph Saturday, Feb...

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No 13043, Thursday 17 Sep 2020, AvtaarSolution to 18A 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, September 17, 2020The clues to the theme answers don't match the entries in this grid. That's because you have to mentally remove the MIDDLEMAN.

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It's a WrapAnd then Simeon Seigel made his New York Times Crossword debut.

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Guardian Cryptic 28,241 by CrucibleAs a crossword with very few easy answer, I found this challenging, particularly for the cross-references, but very well crafted, and worth the effort.

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Win at CLUE!The object is to deduce the details of the murder; that is, the cards in the envelope.

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Times Quick Cryptic No 1703 by PedroIt is about 6 months since I blogged a Pedro QC, and it is nice to see him back on my bailiwick as I managed to solve this, just, inside my 15 minute target.

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Financial Times 16,574 by JuliusA puzzle from Julius often means one with a theme and this one is packed with the unannounced theme of Nellie the Elephant.

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It just takes a dozen numbers to finish this off…Hi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Standing On The Shoulders Of Puzzle GiantsHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Financial Times 16,583 by CHALMIESorry for the late post everyone, and thanks to Chalmie for the puzzle.

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Rowdy City. WrestlingRowdy City Wrestling is an arcade wrestling game where you take a fighter on a journey to the world championships.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020, Paul CoulterA 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, September 16, 2020 — DT 29274Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle Number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29274 Publication Date in The Daily Telegraph Friday, Janua...

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Top‌ ‌100‌‌ ‌Idle‌ ‌Games‌‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Year‌We can without a doubt endorse the above mentioned games. You will not regret playing any of these idle games on android, iOS and PC.

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Independent 10,586 by EcclesAs we have come to expect, this was a fun solve with lots of good surfaces and neat wordplay.

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Times 2777117a is not a place to be seen wearing green. Its Liam Neesons home town; he was offered the freedom of the borough but the charming DUP blocked that and gave it to Ian Paisley instead.

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Drum used in Indian musicConstructor: Paul Coulter Relative difficulty: Easy.

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No 13042, Wednesday 16 Sep 2020, HypatiaSolution 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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Rock Around the Christmas TreePaul Coulter turns our frowns upside-down.

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Times Quick Cryptic No 1702 by TracyIntroduction 22:09. Took longer than many 15x15 puzzles take me. I was mainly done in by the long anagrams.

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

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The Sudoku That Broke The World's Best SolversToday we try the puzzle that cut a world-class sudoku field to ribbons back in the 2017 World Sudoku Grand Prix final.

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A New Weekly Crossword League Coming Soon!The internet puzzle community has done an impressive job over the last six months of adapting to the social distancing restrictions of the current COVID-19 crisis, with tournaments like Crossword Tournament From Your Couch, Lollapuzzoola, and Boswords successfully going virtual in 2020.

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Tuesday, September 15, 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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Financial Times 16,582 by HAMILTONAlways a challenge, often for the wrong reasons, and always fun of a kind, I s'pose, though if you came here looking for elucidation of the first clue, I'm afraid I have nothing your size today.

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Fill Me In #261: There are no tolls on Easy Street.This week, there's crossword talk in the first ten minutes of the show, which is somewhat shocking.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020Elizabeth C. Gorski's Cr♥ssw♥rd Nation puzzle , "Wheel of Fortune"—Ade's take.

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No 13041, Tuesday 15 Oct 2020, SpinnerSolution 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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Message on a Candy HeartAmanda Rafkin and Ross Trudeau ruin our childhoods.

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House Life 3D Levels 1-25App Walkthrough of - Levels 1-25 Lockdown 3D is a mobile game that simulates real family life.

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Color Roll 3DCandy Crush T-Shirts! - Crush Blankets - of Candy Crush Secrets and Tips - Game Guide - Eat/Sleep / Crush TShirt - Holder - Crush Coloring Book - Crush Socks - Crush Plush Doll.

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Times Cryptic 27770I felt I did quite well to finish this in 31 minutes as there were several unknown words or meanings along the way, but somehow it all came together reasonably easily.

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Times Quick Cryptic 1701 by WurmMy goodness, I found this 19dn. It is true that the building work next door has been somewhat vexing and that I havent had time since last Tuesday to enjoy any cryptic work-outs, but 18 minutes makes this a toughie in my book.

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Guardian Cryptic 28,239 by BrendanPlenty to enjoy here - I particularly liked 6ac, 9ac, 21ac, 1dn, 3dn, and 5dn.

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How do Grandmasters Solve Sudoku so fast?Hi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Super BreakoutBreakout was the basis and inspiration for certain aspects of the Apple II personal computer.

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Yajisan Kazusan SudokuMokuani: : Y-K rules : Shade some cells such that: shaded cells must not be orthogonally adjacent; cells with digits can be shaded; a digit in an unshaded cell indicates the number of shaded cells in the corresponding direction; a digit in a shaded cell does not necessarily indicate the correct number of shaded cells; all unshaded cells must...

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CROSSWORD #1296: Themeless MondayI'd meant to link to this on Thursday, but here we are. Cracking the Cryptic, everyone's favorite "let's watch somebody solve cuckoo bananas hard sudoku puzzles" YouTube channel is...

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Monday, September 14, 2020, John GuzzettaA 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 roundup: how do you say 'BAME'?Prussian blue also features in our pick of the best cryptic clues.

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Guardian Quiptic 1087 HectenceThanks to Hectence for a nicely tuned Quiptic. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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WSJ ContestMatt Gaffney's Wall Street Journal contest crossword, "Where's the Rest? "—Laura's review.

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Fig of total economic outputConstructor: John Guzzetta Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium.

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Financial Times 16,581 by MOOThis is the second MOO I've blogged, and, as with the first, it was very enjoyable.

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No 13040, Monday 14 Sep 2020, Dr. XSolution 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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Times Quick Cryptic 1700 by HurleySolving time: 10 minutes. Mostly straightforward although I was missing the GK required for arriving at 16ac other than via wordplay.

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Times 27769I am now three-quarters of the way through my peregrination around Dublin with Mr Joyce.

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Fireball ContestThis is Conrad, helping out usual blogger Laura this week. This month, we’re asked “What is the 12-letter answer hinted at by this puzzle?

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Comes Out AheadJohn Guzzetta opens our solving week.

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Multiple Role SudokuNormal sudoku rules apply and digits must increase along thermos. Numbers outside the grid act as X-Sums, sandwich clues, AND skyscraper clues.

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The Ivy League Sudoku ChallengeHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Sunday, September 13, 2020, MaryEllen UthlautA 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 1,594 by PoinsHi all. Thanks to Poins for another enjoyable puzzle to distract us awhile from another impending Monday. My favourite clue was HAIRDO at 25a, with all those chaps turning out not to be chaps at all. Henry, Rob and Bob, along with gridmates Bill and Heather, reminded me of recent musings about capitalisation conventions in cryptic crosswords.

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Small anatomical opening as in boneConstructor: MaryEllen Uthlaut Relative difficulty: Medium-Challenging. THEME: "Fi..."

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THE HINDU CROSSWORD CORNER: The Sunday Crossword No 3116, Sunday 13 Sep 2020Put out novel, Daisy's Fist. DISSATISFY* 10 Spoken of the country? Not once. ORAL pastORAL 12 Book where one more duty laid out?

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Sunday, September 13, 2020Cute theme—it made me smile a few times, and that's a rare enough treat in Sunday-sized puzzles.

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Mephist 3132I thought parts of this were pretty chewy, with some rather fancy cryptics. One or two still elude me, but Im sure my fellow Mephisto solvers will have the explanation.

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Everyman 3,856Another good Everyman crossword, with the usual 'primarily' clue, and the pair of 8D INVISIBLE INK and the far-from-invisible 9D SHOCKING PINK.

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Sunday Times Cryptic No 4919 by Dean Mayer — Chef's surpriseMy LOI was 13 down, as I needed all the checkers and then some. I hope and trust others will find the definition less elusive.

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

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Final OfferI'm going to bet that MaryEllen Uthlaut's puzzle gets a laugh or two.

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The Puzzle Of The Popular VoteToday's puzzle is a superb little hybrid by the constructor Volatility. You can play it two stars in each row, column and region so that stars do not touch, not even diagonally.

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Saturday, September 12, 2020, Ryan McCartyA 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, September 12, 2020 — Cox and RathvonIntroduction Here is today's puzzle from Cox and Rathvon. I will return later with the solution.

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Score marking to play higher or lower than writtenConstructor: Ryan McCarty Relative difficulty:. THEME: none. Word of the Day: OTTAVA.

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Times Bank Holiday Cryptic Jumbo 1457-31st AugustI found this Bank Holiday entertainment a little on the easy side finishing in under 38 minutes despite being held up for quite a while by my last 4, but it is enlivened by some neat bits of wordplay.

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Independent 10,583 by PunkThere was some 1ac fun to be had today in Punk's puzzle.

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Saturday, September 12, 2020Fave fill: THE MOB, DC COMICS , ZAPOTECAN, SANTA HATS, GO BERSERK, SNOWCONE with a W, "GET ON IT" , P.E. CLASS, SCAM ARTISTS , SHOEHORNING.

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FlipRyan McCarty's puzzle spins us about a bit.

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Times Cryptic Jumbo 145645 minutes. Maybe slightly over my par time but not too tricky. I had to check a few facts when writing up the explanations.

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Times Cryptic No 27762This was a smooth solve, with quite a few cluing devices that will be familiar to experienced solvers but may challenge newer hands.

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Any Questions #466: "Football Plays"WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel go with the halfback option on this week's show.

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

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Spacewar SudokuToday's puzzle is a cool hybrid puzzle mixing starbattle, spiral galaxies and sudoku. It's by the constructor Nell Gwyn and you can play it sudoku rules apply.

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Farewell, Forrest.For fans of Forrest Fenns The Thrill of the Chase treasure hunt, its been a strange and frustrating year.

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Friday, September 11, 2020, Caitlin Reid 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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Wealth Words / Play and Win Word Games in 60 MinutesPlay, Solve and Win One Crossword Puzzle in 60 minutes and Win Real Cash Money.

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Financial Times 16,579 by BRADMANA BRADMAN offering that I found to be on the difficult end of his spectrum.

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Sweet Indian beverageConstructor: Caitlin Reid and Erik Agard Relative difficulty: Medium. THEME: none. Word of the Day: WHOLE / BLOOD.

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Not on Time, but That's OKCaitlin Reid and Erik Agard finally arrive to open our solving weekend.

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How brands and publishers can use puzzles to engage audiencesIn a world where consumer eyeball time is increasingly valuable, marketers are obliged to think outside the box - or perhaps inside it - to promote engagement with their branded content.

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Times Quick Cryptic No 1699 by MaraA neat quick crossword from Mara today with a good variety of clues. Nothing too tricky, I think, but you do need to lift and separate a couple of times - COD to one of them, 1D, but I liked 11A too for the amusing surface.

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Times 27,767: Liblab ThugCracking Friday puzzle I thought, with lots of interesting GK require to successfully negotiate its nuances: just look at the triple bill from 12 through 16 down...

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

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No Given Digits! No Cage Totals! How? ? !Today's sudoku is quite quite extraordinary. Willy Wonka has once again excelled himself and you can try the puzzle sudoku rules apply.

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The WORST Puzzle Solvers in Pop CultureWe celebrate puzzles here at PuzzleNation, and for the most part, we really try to keep the mood light and the overall tone a positive one.

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How To Play CribbageCribbage, or crib, is a card game traditionally for two players, but commonly played with three, four or more, that involves playing and grouping cards in combinations which gain points.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020, David J. KahnA 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 #1295: Subject AreasPROGRAMMING NOTE: Paper solving is preferred, however, the puzzle still works digitally. Cheers. Looking for more puzzles?

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Jewish month of 30 daysConstructor: David J. Kahn Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium. THEME: a bunch of BEETHOVEN stuff.

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Guardian Cryptic 28235 VladThanks Vlad for the challenge. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Independent 10,581 by SerpentWe found this slightly easier than we had expected, given the setter. This may have been because we always expect there to be something going on in Serpent puzzles and we tumbled to the BIRD theme fairly early on - though not until we had solved at least four 'bird' clues.

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No 13037, Thursday 10 Sep 2020, SunnetSolution to 4A 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 1698 by FelixA top-notch QC, pitched towards the easier end of medium difficulty. I came in two minutes under target, about half the time it took for Tuesdays done just beforehand.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020Note: Fireball is a contest this week. We will have a review after the submission period closes.

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Every Infinitive in EsperantoThe bust of Ludwik Zamenhof, creator of the constructed language Esperanto, in Herzberg, Germany. The city named a square after Zamenhof in 2017 to mark the 100th anniversary of his death.

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Warning: This Puzzle May Destroy YouHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020, Jakob WeisblatA 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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Jazz pianist HinesConstructor: Jakob Weisblat Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium. THEME: September 9 — clues are all ; today's...

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Financial Times 16,577 by IOA great puzzle! This is a challenging puzzle but not an impossible one, so well worth persevering if you have the time.

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Times 27765Of good stuff here, and not much given away in the form of anagrams. I enjoyed this, although it may not suit our overseas friends so much, requiring some local knowledge and an interest in ducks, the Grand National and LNER railway engines to be fully understandable.

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No 13036, Wednesday 09 Sep 2020, SunnetSolution to 19A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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Most Likely to Be PickedWe might have 99 problems, but this puzzle isn't one.

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Guardian Cryptic 28,234 by QaosI seem to be cornering Qaos puzzles, which is OK by me. As for a theme , it is announced at 11A SNAKE, and spreads over the larger part of the puzzle.

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Times Quick Cryptic 1697 by IzettiIts been a while since I blogged an Izetti*, and I solved this one without knowing the setters identity.

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

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The 13 Minute Sudoku BarrierToday's puzzle is by Akash Doulani from his new book World Of Sudoku. One of the world's best solvers, Freddie Hand, took 12mins 51secs to solve it.

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Breakout!Breakout was the basis and inspiration for certain aspects of the Apple II personal computer.

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Creative Ways to Make Money OnlineHere are best 20 ways to make money online that will not take a lot of time or cut into your regular routine.

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What makes a great riddle?I have always suspected that riddles were our first experiments with puzzles and puzzly thinking.

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Asteroids!Asteroids is a space-themed multidirectional shooter arcade game designed by Lyle Rains, Ed Logg, and Dominic Walsh and released in November 1979 by Atari, Inc.

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Centipede!In the original arcade version: The player's fighter is represented by a small insect-like head at the bottom of the screen called the Bug Blaster.

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Missile Command!This channel is a labor of love. Please help me keep it going. Consider making Donation, even $1, anything helps Paypal: Collaborate?

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020 — DT 29268Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle Number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29268 Publication Date in The Daily Telegraph Friday, Janua...

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020, Kevin Christian and Brad WilberA 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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Fill Me In #260: Gotta go win another Pulitzer Prize. See you later.This week, Ryan and Brian spend nearly half the show talking about crosswords, which is kind of insane.

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Pilgrimage destination in central ItalyConstructor: Kevin Christian and Brad Wilber Relative difficulty: Easy.

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No 13035, Tuesday 08 Sep 2020, KrisKrossSolution 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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Tuesday, September 8, 2020Elizabeth C. Gorski's Cr♥ssw♥rd Nation puzzle , "Pick Your Poison! "—Ade's take.

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‘Fair Lady, Gracious Gentlemen'The mezzo soprano Denyce Graves sang in a scene from Stravinsky's "The Rakes Progress" in 1997 at the Metropolitan Elbers/The LIFE Images Collection, via Getty Images.

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Times Quick Cryptic 1696 by JokerWith honourable mentions to 9ac and 10dn, COD goes to 18ac which took some crunching and took me just over my 10 minute target, but did so with humour.

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Times Cryptic 27764Solving time: 53 minutes. My timing confirms that I didnt find this so easy. As usual definitions are underlined in bold italics, and.

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

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

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Monday, September 10, 2020, Gareth BainA 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 #1294: Themeless MondayLabor Day means only one thing in the Biz Quig household: more work. It never ends.

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