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Wednesday, December 2, 2020 — DT 29331Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29331 Publication date in The Daily Telegraph Tuesday, April 7, 2020...

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020, Will NedigerA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

Horace and Frances Discuss. Shared .

Rapper who forms one half of duo Black StarConstructor: Will Nediger Relative difficulty: Medium.

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Financial Times 16,649 by AARDVARKThe River Avon, something that runs in Great Britain.

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The Outsides of the OutsidesWill Nediger serves up a snack. Sort of.

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No 13108, Wednesday 02 Dec 2020, VulcanSolution 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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A Brilliant New Rule IdeaHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Uncle HitlerTHE HITLER PLAYLIST - has coronavirus - Hitler hates people leaving quarantine - Hitler hates looters - Hitler cant get cupcakes - Hitler hates amazon prime - Hitler Hates Carol Baskin - Hitler Hates 'Even More Space' from Jet Blue - Hitler's HALLOWEEN Costume won't arrive in time - Learns Trump will Replace RBG - Hates Cardboard Cut Outs at...

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300: The PuzzleToday's puzzle is by Wecoc and it's a very elegant. Killer Sudoku! You can play it Normal sudoku rules apply.

Cracking The Cryptic Shared .

Kickstarter Alert! Check Out Fireball Newsflash Crosswords!One of the coolest parts about assembling each years Holiday Puzzly Gift Guide is reaching out to crossword constructors I admire and respect.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020, Byron WaldenA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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Times Quick Cryptic 1756 by HurleyA very enjoyable romp through Crosswordland which took 9 minutes. Finished in the SE with 20 dn ac.

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Financial Times 16,648 by SLEUTHMostly straightforward, but with several head-scratching definitions. I had second thoughts about e.g. 25a and 7d, two which I would probably have mis-solved if I hadn't been blogging.

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Fill Me In #272: A secretary for someone else's solution.This week, Ryan and Brian talk turkey, amaze at aeronautics, and banter 'bout buttcheeks. Yup.

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‘That Just About Sums Things Up'A student in an American school in Japan concentrated on moving beads on her abacus at the 2008 annual abacus contest in Tokyo.

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No 13107, Tuesday 01 Dec 2020, IncognitoSolution to 14D 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 Cryptic 27836I found this quite tricky but I worked away at it steadily and completed the grid in 54 minutes.

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Monthly Club Special 20,242: Christmas Comes EarlyI thought this was hard but most entertaining - 15ac being worth the price of admission all on its won.

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300k Subscribers? Nailed it !Hi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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When One Genius Inspires Another…Today's puzzle is by the great Phistomefel and he was inspired by another genius compiler ahaupt!

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Monday, November 30, 2020 — DT 29329Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29329 Publication date in The Daily Telegraph Saturday, April 4, 202...

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CROSSWORD #1318: Themeless MondayLooking for some crossword related gifts this holiday season? The Biz Quig's got your back.

Crossword Puzzles By Brendan Emmett Quigley Shared .

Monday, November 30, 2020, Emma Craven-MatthewsA 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 blog: the French don't talk about brassieresA special focus on underwear in this wintry collection of the best of the broadsheets cryptic clues.

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Financial Times 16,647 by SLORMGORMOverall a very enjoyable puzzle. There were a couple of things that held me up: "open up" as an anagram indicator in 3d just about works in this unconventional clue; I don't agree about "held in" in 13a, though I can see how it works for the surface of course.

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Leafs-watching time maybeConstructor: Emma Craven-Matthews Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium.

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No 13106, Monday 30 Nov 2020, NeyarthaSolution 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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Times 27835Time: 29 minutes Music: Ravel, Piano Music, Gieseking This was not quite an easy Monday, but none of the answers were that obscure, and the literals were pretty obvious.

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QC 1755 by BreadmanI thought this was just a touch more difficult than the usual Monday morning fare and so I found myself jumping around a bit rather than following the largely sequential course of most recent weeks.

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How to Succeed with Classic SudokuHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

Cracking The Cryptic Shared .

The ‘R' of R.B.G.Emma Craven-Matthews makes her New York Times Crossword debut.

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Finding Naked Singles Is Easy!Hi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Sunday, November 29, 2020, Eric BerlinA 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.

Horace and Frances Discuss. Shared .

Simple Hacks That Will Make You Better When Playing Escape RoomsThis article will delve into some simple hacks that will level up your game when it comes to playing escape rooms.

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Nicolas standout player in soccer's Premier LeagueConstructor: Eric Berlin Relative difficulty: Easy. THEME: "Six-Pack" — wacky phrases where first and second parts of the phrase...

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Special, Sunday 29 Nov 2020, VeeyaresThree answers per commenter till 6 PM. Please submit all your answers in one comment.

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THE HINDU CROSSWORD CORNER: The Sunday Crossword No 3126, Sunday 29 Nov 2020'Horribly boring Belarus ': that'll get the citizenry worked up.

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Sunday Times 4930 by David McLeanI found this quite hard and ended up with a blank at 1ac. I could see that ‘police' corresponded to what turned out to be the answer but I couldn't see anything in the rest of the clue that justified it.

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Mephisto 3143I got pretty bogged down in the bottom left hand quater of this puzzle where I confidently wrote in an alternative spelling at 14 down which had me second-guessing 23 across and 19 down.

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

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Six-PackEric Berlin puts the squeeze on with a muscular Sunday puzzle.

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A Brilliant Opening GambitToday's puzzle is a debut on the channel by Mark Sweep! It's not easy but it is extremely clever.

Cracking The Cryptic Shared .

Saturday, November 28, 2020, Nam Jin YoonA 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.

Horace and Frances Discuss. Shared .

Variety: Puns and AnagramsSam Ezersky helps us work off the turkey with an invigorating variety puzzle.

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Saturday, November 28, 2020 — Cox and RathvonIntroduction Here is today's puzzle from Cox and Rathvon. I will return later with the solution.

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Beer purchase in large bottle informallyConstructor: Nam Jin Yoon Relative difficulty: Easy and still solved it with very little troubl...

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Jumbo 1468A run of the mill Jumbo, with a couple of words that I have seen in other crosswords, but not elsewhere.

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Saturday, November 28, 2020Smooth 70-worder, and easier than I was expecting for a Saturday puzzle.

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Says Too MuchNam Jin Yoon's Saturday puzzle rolls off the tongue.

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Times Cryptic No 27828As a gentle warm-up for the Online Championships, this should have hit the spot perfectly!

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Back Yourself to Solve ThisHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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If He Can Solve This, Help Us Hit 300k Subs!Today's puzzle is trailered as being EXTREMELY DIFFICULT! It's by the wonderful constructor Qodec and it's called The Sword.

Cracking The Cryptic Shared .

Representation in Crosswords: A Fresh LookWe live in a data-driven world these days. Everything is quantified, analyzed, charted, and graphed.

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Friday, November 27, 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.

Horace and Frances Discuss. Shared .

Independent 10,648 by PhiAnd another great puzzle from our regular Friday setter. We always look for a theme in Phi's puzzles, and we couldn't help thinking that 1ac/5ac might be the key, as it is the title of a novel by David Mitchell about a fictitious folk-rock band in the 1960s.

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Guardian Cryptic 28302 Pasquale"is thick" pronounced as " 'shtick" by a drunk person. I don't think "thick" by itself will do.

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Quick Cryptic 1754 by Margaret and BobRight, so what to say about this one. Fairly chewy in places, some vocabulary, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Classic British rock group/FRI 11-27-20/Pioneering Reggae artist whose name is an exclamation/1000 in the military/Spot removersConstructor: Robyn Weintraub Relative difficulty: medium THEME: nope Word of the Day: EEK A MOUSE.

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Times 27,833: Blue As The Gendarmerie Were The Waves Of The SeaFOI 12ac, LOI 18dn. I'm assuming this was quite easy as I managed it in 6m after tottering back from a Thanksgiving repast involving plenty and I mean plenty of wine.

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Classic British Rock GroupRobyn Weintraub offers us a marvelous way to work off our holiday meals.

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A Riddle wrapped in a Mystery inside an EnigmaHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

Cracking The Cryptic Shared .

How Can THIS Have A Solution?Today's puzzle is a wonderful original twist on Thermo Sudoku by No-Feet McGee - thanks to Glum Hippo for the recommendation.

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A Puzzle for Thanksgiving!Happy Thanksgiving, PuzzleNationers! Today is a day for celebrating with family and friends , and giving thanks for all the good things in our lives.

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Thursday, November 26, 2020, Neville FogartyA 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.

Horace and Frances Discuss. Shared .

CROSSWORD #1317: Food ComaThanksgiving time again, and I can guarantee that the ole' Biz Quig will be entering his food coma roughly 4:30-ish, I think.

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Operating system from Bell LabsConstructor: Neville Fogarty Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium.

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Babe in the WoodsNeville Fogarty stretches the bounds of reality.

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No 13103, Thursday 26 Nov 2020, ArdenSolution 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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Guardian Cryptic 28,301 by PicaroonA charade of SOAPOPER, an envelope of POP plus E in SOAR ; plus.

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Times Quick Cryptic No 1753 by IzettiAlways nice to blog an Izetti, and this was no different. Very little GK required and everything fairly clued.

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Times 27832Time taken: 13:08. I was a little nervous about one entry when I submitted, more so that I now have to scrape up an explanation.

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No digits in this sudoku? AGAIN!Hi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

Cracking The Cryptic Shared .

Wednesday, November 25, 2020, John Guzzetta 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.

Horace and Frances Discuss. Shared .

The Incredible Sudoku OpeningToday's puzzle comes from our recent competition winner Clover. It's called Asterisk and the opening logic is SENSATIONAL.

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Financial Times 16,643 by IOA tough one from Io, but no surprise there! Thank you Io.

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Times 27831I began this not feeling especially sharp, but was surprised to find I had it all done and dusted in 21 minutes without any significant pauses, starting with 1a, 6a and 6d, ending with the SW corner and the only 19d.

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Juggling or VentriloquismJohn Guzzetta and Jeff Chen ride into town with an acrobatic puzzle.

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No 13102, Wednesday 25 Nov 2020, ArdenSolution to 29A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation.

The Hindu Crossword Corner Shared .

Tuesday, November 24, 2020, Caitlin ReidA 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.

Horace and Frances Discuss. Shared .

Times Quick Cryptic No 1752 by TracyIntroduction 9:31. Things were off to a fluent start, but bogged down toward the end with unknown meanings of words.

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

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The Best Kakuro EVER!Advice for using the software interface for today's puzzle: The "Tab" option can be used to adjust what the Tab button does on the keyboard.

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PuzzleNation's 2020 Holiday Puzzly Gift Guide!Happy Holidays and welcome to the PuzzleNation Blog 2020 Holiday Puzzly Gift Guide! Each year, we scour the world of puzzles and games for the best, the most engaging, the most creative, and the most enjoyable products we can find, and we think this year’s collection is the best we’ve ever had!

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PuzzleNation 2020 Holiday Puzzly Gift Guide: By CategoryWe’re excited to be bringing you our biggest gift guide ever! There are so many tremendously fun and puzzly products to share with you.

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PuzzleNation 2020 Holiday Puzzly Gift Guide: By AgeWe’re so excited to be bringing you our biggest ever gift guide! There are so many tremendously fun and puzzly products to share with you this year.

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PuzzleNation 2020 Holiday Puzzly Gift Guide: By PriceWe’re so excited to be bringing you our biggest ever gift guide! There are so many tremendously fun and puzzly products to share with you this year.

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PuzzleNation 2020 Holiday Puzzly Gift Guide: Grab Bag!We’re so excited to be bringing you our biggest ever gift guide! There are so many tremendously fun and puzzly products to share with you this year.

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Fill Me In #271: It's where money intersects pounds.This week, R&B talk puzzles, representation, and inclusivity with Michelle McGhee, author of "Who's In the Crossword?"

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Financial Times 16,642 by GURNEYA speed-solve this morning. All above board and accurately clued and with some very 'readable' clues.

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Turquoise or TopazHello, it's Clare for the last Tuesday in November! Hope everyone has been staying safe and will be over Thanksgiving.

Rex Parker Does the NYT Crossword Puzzle Shared .

No 13101, Tuesday 24 Nov 2020, ArdenSolution to 1D has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

The Hindu Crossword Corner Shared .

Times Quick Cryptic 1751 by MaraA solve of fits and starts and a minute over target at 11 minutes. Im not sure thats a good reflection of difficulty here as I was rushing in between other things or maybe it was the double definition count.

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Monday, November 23, 2020, Stanley NewmanA 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.

Horace and Frances Discuss. Shared .

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

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You MUST Try This Puzzle!Today's sudoku is the latest by the sudoku devil Phistomefel. The break-in is one of the most simple yet elegant things you'll ever see...

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CROSSWORD #1316: Themeless MondayWe seem to be one of the last two people on the planet to have watched 4-Down, but finally, this weekend we started it, and, quelle suprise, we love...

Crossword Puzzles By Brendan Emmett Quigley Shared .

Crossword blog: the next dimensionNine Guardian setters have taken part in a collection of puzzles with a twist.

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Financial Times 16,641 by ZAMORCAGood mix of clues here. Some great surfaces too. I especially liked 17d and 14a.

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Spanish resort island to localsConstructor: Stanley Newman Relative difficulty: Hard to say since I solved it untimed and* Downs-Only...

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It May Be a SetupGive Caitlin Reid's puzzle a beachy wave!

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No 13100, Monday 23 Nov 2020, ArdenSolution to 7D has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

The Hindu Crossword Corner Shared .

Times Quick Cryptic 1750 by OrpheusSolving time: 13 minutes, missing my target by 2, but having written the blog I have no idea what delayed me.

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Times 27829Not me on this, but the stillborn championship on Saturday night. One wonders why they don't do a dry run, especially given the history of the site.

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Quick Trip to a Store and BackCustomers waited on line to get their reserved iPhone 12 mobile phones at an Apple store in Shanghai on October 23.Credit...STR/AFP, via Getty Images.

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

Cracking The Cryptic Shared .

Sunday, November 22, 2020, Alex Eaton-SalnersA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

Horace and Frances Discuss. Shared .

Give Yourself 40 Minutes Of Fun!Normal sudoku rules apply. In cages, digits must sum to the small clue in the top left corner of the.

Cracking The Cryptic Shared .

1943 Pulitzer-winning Thornton Wilder playConstructor: Alex Eaton-Salners Relative difficulty: Medium. THEME: "IT ALL ADDS UP" — themers cross at letter strings tha...

Rex Parker Does the NYT Crossword Puzzle Shared .

Mephisto 3142Either I am getting better, or this was but a moderate Mephisto. While it did take a while, I was frequently annoyed with myself for having missed an obvious solution, or failing to biff a word that I know reasonably well.

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Independent on Sunday 1604 TeesReference to a VTOL aircraft / plane which takes off in the vertical, as distinct from the horizontal, plane.

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Sunday Times Cryptic No 4929 by Robert Price — Sante !Im still 8 by the state of my nation, But theres one cause for wild celebration!

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Saturday, November 21, 2020, Sam EzerskyA 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.

Horace and Frances Discuss. Shared .

It All Adds UpAlex Eaton-Salners, your Sunday puzzle: Do the math.

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3D Sudoku: Normal Rules do NOT applyHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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This Sudoku Has To Be Seen To Be BelievedThis sudoku arrived in our Inbox at 7.39am this morning! Mark tested it and instantly insisted it needed to appear on the channel immediately - that's how good this puzzle by Joseph Nehme is!

Cracking The Cryptic Shared .

Variety: AcrosticEmily Cox and Henry Rathvon bring us a feathery, toothsome puzzle.

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The Online Crosswords ChampionshipAs many of you have discovered, the Times Crossword Championships did not come off this morning due to various problems.

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Saturday, November 21, 2020 — Cox and RathvonIntroduction Here is today's puzzle from Cox and Rathvon. I will return later with the solution.

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Judith who was second American woman in spaceConstructor: Sam Ezersky Relative difficulty: Medium. THEME: none. Word of the Day: LINAC.

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Independent 10,643 by MonkWhere does the time go when you are not busy? Once again we have a Saturday puzzle to blog - it only seems a few weeks ago when we blogged the last one.

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HumdingersSam Ezersky's Saturday puzzle, it's got a few.

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Times Cryptic Jumbo 1467-7th NovemberI thought this was about a middle of the road Jumbo - maybe slightly harder given my time was nearer an hour than my usual 45 minutes.

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Any Questions #476: "In The Dark"WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel turn on the dark.

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Write Your own Clues!Hi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Friday, November 20, 2020, Kameron Austin 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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The Sudoku You Asked Us To Solve!We've had a lot of requests to solve this one... it's by the genius Phistomefel and boy-oh-boy is it a mental workout!

Cracking The Cryptic Shared .

15 Ways to Make Money as a StudentThere are definitely ways you can make money online today if you want to make some quick cash.

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PuzzleNation Product Reviews: Martian ChessThere are an unbelievable number of chess variants out there. You can play with narrower boards and fewer pieces , or wider boards and additional pieces.

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Friday, November 20, 2020 — DT 29323Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29323 Publication date in The Daily Telegraph Saturday, March 28, 20...

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German leader after AdenauerConstructor: Kameron Austin Collins Relative difficulty: Medium. THEME: none. Word of the Day: ADIA Barnes, W.N.I.T.-winning...

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Join Deb Amlen and Sam Ezersky as they solve Derek J. Angell's Thursday Puzzle

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Satisfied the MunchiesThis Kameron Austin Collins puzzle got me all aflutter.

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Times 27,827: Pack Up Your TroublesI detected a touch of the Cryptic Jumbos to the cluing of this medium-strength crossword, lots of "shove x into y to make z" with surfaces erring on just the right side of intelligibility: nothing wrong with any of that.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020, Derek J. AngellA 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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Party Time Sudoku!Normal sudoku rules apply, and the two lines in the grid are palindromes. Outside the grid are Parity Party clues, which show the sum of the digits seen from that direction up to and including the first change of parity : the puzzle in the video by clicking the link under the video.

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A Sudoku To Troll Your Friends With!Today's sudoku comes with a sad story about how Mark attempted it and failed. It's by Aad van de Wetering and it's magnificent...

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PuzzleNation Product Review: Top Trumps Pub QuizOne of the flagship games under the Winning Moves UK umbrella is Top Trumps, a one-on-one game similar to War where you try to capture all of your opponent's cards with your own.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020 — DT 29322Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29322 Publication date in The Daily Telegraph Friday, March 27, 2020...

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CROSSWORD #1315: Keep DiggingLittle bit of Peter Gabriel for you to go along with today's puzzle. Testers say it's a bit harder than normal Thursday offerings.

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Be The Next WinnerWinning becomes easy now with Quick Picks - Instant Gratification Crossword Game.

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It debuted on 1/6/1975Constructor: Derek J. Angell Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium. THEME: "Wheel of Fortune" — theme answers have no vowels, centr...

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Guardian Cryptic 28295 VladThank you to Vlad. This wasn't a write-in for me. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Times Quick Cryptic No 1748 by RongoRongo is one of our more occasional setters, having appeared every six months or so for at least the last couple of years.

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Groundwork of a Plant ManagerDerek J. Angell makes his New York Times Crossword debut.

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No 13097, Thursday 19 Nov 2020, HypatiaSolution 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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27826 Thursday, 19 November 2020 Hasty to its close ebbs out life's little daySo. Theres some clever stuff in here which had me casting around long after Id submitted with a quiet prayer to the gods of greenness.

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Nein! A Puzzle for the 18th…Hi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Wednesday, November 18, 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.

Horace and Frances Discuss. Shared .

The Rainbow SudokuToday's sudoku is just magnificent. It's by Sam Cappleman-Lynes and is called Cupid Sudoku, a rare variant.

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Financial Times 16,637 by GOZOI enjoyed this but found it surprisingly tricky despite being familiar with the themed entries.

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Tip-top ConditionHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Times 27825Took me well over an hour and I'm still wondering about how 2d works. There is a mix of easy or familiar clues, with some oblique definitions and unusual words - 19a and 15d for example.

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Times Quick Cryptic 1747 by JokerDNF after staring at 2dn for a couple of minutes then giving up. I usually talk myself out of giving up when thinking that its a word I just dont know, as thats quite unusual in the QC.

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Midge Maisel's father on The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselConstructor: Amanda Rafkin and Ross Trudeau Relative difficulty: Medium, maybe Medium+ because of the rebus element THEME: TWO PEAS IN A...

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Time Away From the GrindAmanda Rafkin and Ross Trudeau nestle together like... oh, what's that saying?

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No 13096, Wednesday 18 Nov 2020, GridmanSolution to 9A 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 28,294 by TrampThis unfolded for me as a good crossword should: at first glance impenetrable - it was nor just that I could not come up with answers, but, for clue after clue, I could not see how they were structured - but, once I ferreted out a few which I found more straightforward, things began to fall into place.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020, Kyle DolanA 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.

Horace and Frances Discuss. Shared .

When a Solve Goes Horribly Wrong…Normal sudoku rules apply, and cages show the sum of their digits and cannot include repeats.

Cracking The Cryptic Shared .

Hitler Can't Get a Playstation 5! !THE HITLER PLAYLIST - has coronavirus - Hitler hates people leaving quarantine - Hitler hates looters - Hitler cant get cupcakes - Hitler hates amazon prime - Hitler Hates Carol Baskin - Hitler Hates 'Even More Space' from Jet Blue - Hitler's HALLOWEEN Costume won't arrive in time - Learns Trump will Replace RBG - Hates Cardboard Cut Outs at...

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81 Shades Of Grey: The SudokuOn Patreon today we have two new videos: Sam Cappleman-Lynes solves his own brutal sudoku and we solve our monthly reward puzzle for.

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PuzzleNation Product Review: Star Trek Voyager FluxxThe mission statement of Star Trek, through all its different iterations in film, television, novels, comic books, and other media, has been plain as day: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.

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Children's medicine in doctor-speakConstructor: Kyle Dolan Relative difficulty: Medium.

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Financial Times 16636 Peto"cleave" minus "a" + 1st letter of "resistance".

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Independent 10,639 by KairosWe tend to think of Kairos as an Independent on Sunday setter, but he has appeared more recently in weekday slots, and here he is on a Tuesday - with a theme?

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Fill Me In #270: "Style" without the S; "Rattle" without the attle.This week, Ryan and Brian argue about pluralization, learn about clams, and struggle with moral quandaries.

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Baked Treat on a StickCake pops from The Dessertist at the 2017 Food Network and Cooking Channel New York City Wine and Food Ord for NYCWFF, via Getty Images.

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No 13095, Tuesday 17 Nov 2020, KaraokeSolution to 1A 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 Cryptic 27824I had most of this done within 40 minutes but three or four answers held out against my best efforts taking me close to an hour when I finally gave up and used aids for the last one.

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Times Quick Cryptic 1746 by HurleyAnother speedy one with the clock stopped at 7:17. Would have been quicker had I not stumbled over LOI 2dn where I didnt get the abbreviation for a while.

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Trump Resigns? ! ? .And Hitler is Fuhrur-ious! Paypal: video is a parody and is covered by the "fair use" doctrine of U.S. copyright law.

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Make Your Own PuzzleHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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The Da Vinci Qode… cToday's sudoku is our second in just days by the constructor Qodec... and it's another beauty.

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Monday, November 16, 2020 — DT 29319Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29319 Publication date in The Daily Telegraph Tuesday, March 24, 202...

National Post Cryptic Crossword Shared .

CROSSWORD #1314: Themeless MondayBelieve me when I say that I'll be treading lightly here, so there will be no spoilers.

Crossword Puzzles By Brendan Emmett Quigley Shared .

Monday, November 16, 2020, Jennifer NuttA 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.

Horace and Frances Discuss. Shared .

Crossword roundup: aggro and bovverWe ask whether the word aggro has made a return in our pick of the best of the broadsheets cryptic clues.

The Guardian Shared .

Financial Times 16,635 by MOOA straightforward, neatly clued puzzle with a good mix of clue types. Favourites of mine include 11a, 6d, 8d and 14d.

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No 13094, Monday 16 Nov 2020, GussalufzSolution to 10A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation.

The Hindu Crossword Corner Shared .

Times 27823Time: 19 minutes Music: Burning Spear, Live in Paris 1988 Easy Monday remains with us, if you are willing to trust the cryptics and look up the words you dont know later.

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QC 1745 by WurmPretty much a standard Monday puzzle, with most of the Across answers going in sequentially which made the Down answers even more straightforward.

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Cyclops 689 a€“ Poker-faced PutinWhat a shame that Cyclops and other setters are soon going to have to find other ways of indicating Ps and Ts.

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When One Thought Generates Another PuzzleHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Succeed in LifeJennifer Nutt's Monday puzzle puts us through our paces.

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The Simple Trick For Hard SudokusToday's sudoku has been suggested by Kevin Morford. Mark tested it and his verdict was that it was VERY challenging.

Cracking The Cryptic Shared .

Sunday, November 15, 2020, Caitlin ReidA 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.

Horace and Frances Discuss. Shared .

Mephisto 3141Im afraid there has been a prolonged internet outage here. My provider said an hour ago it should be fixed by 10pm however at noon they said it should be fixed by 4pm so who knows.

Times for the Times Shared .

Independent on Sunday 1,603 by TeesEnjoyable as always. A nicely varied selection of words but not gratuitously obscure. Thank you Tees.

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Wait: WHERE are the clues for this puzzle…?Hi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Theme ShmemeCaitlin Reid just couldn't stay away, on a Sunday.

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Yet) Another Incredible SudokuToday's sudoku is one of the most beautiful puzzles we've ever featured.... it's Ferran Rojas' tribute to his home city of Barcelona, which he calls Flor de Barcelona.

Cracking The Cryptic Shared .

Eyes Open #10Welcome to the latest puzzle in my ongoing series, Eyes Open, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and other civil rights protests.

Puzzle Nation Shared .

Variety: Jelly RollLook at the first clue of the Jelly Roll, "Naturally illuminated." If you start with the white path and use those notches as a guide, you get S UN LI T or SUNLIT, more simply, borrowing half its letters from white and half from gray.

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Saturday, November 14, 2020 — Cox and RathvonIntroduction Here is today's puzzle from Cox and Rathvon. I will return later with the solution.

National Post Cryptic Crossword Shared .

Saturday, November 14, 2020, Emily Carroll 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.

Horace and Frances Discuss. Shared .

Literally art-doerConstructor: Emily Carroll and Erik Agard Relative difficulty: Easy or Easy-Medium. THEME: none. Word of the Day: demonym.

Rex Parker Does the NYT Crossword Puzzle Shared .

No 13093, Saturday 14 Nov 2020, HypatiaA Happy and Prosperous Deepavali to everyone. A themed NINA from Hypatia wishing you all the same Across 1 Describe Sorb et ice r ipples...

The Hindu Crossword Corner Shared .

Times Cryptic Jumbo 1466This started out looking like it was going to be the easiest Jumbo Id blogged, as I got about half way across the grid top left towards bottom right in a clean sweep.

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Times Cryptic No 27816This was a smooth solve. I printed it after 11am, and finished before noon. There were only a few vocabulary testers; the standout was 7dn, where I wasnt certain of either the answer or the building...

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Any Questions #475: "Words In Alex Trebek"WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats to honor a trivia forebear.

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Friday 13th Sudoku? The Nightmare BeginsKICKSTARTER LINK◀ to all those who have backed our campaign! Just 3 days left to reserve your copy of our book: Cracking the Cryptic's Greatest mentioned in the video, do try our competition puzzle by Sam Cappleman-Lynes - it is brilliant and HARD!

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This Sudoku Trick Seems Like MagicAs mentioned in the video, do try our competition puzzle by Sam Cappleman-Lynes - it is brilliant and HARD!

Cracking The Cryptic Shared .

Friday, November 13, 2020, Sawyer Tabony and Ashton AndersonA 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.

Horace and Frances Discuss. Shared .

Friday, November 13, 2020 — DT 29318Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29318 Publication date in The Daily Telegraph Monday, March 23, 2020...

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It's a Murderer's Rows Garden of Plant Punnery!You may be familiar with the board 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.

Puzzle Nation Shared .

Ancient undeciphered writing systemConstructor: Sawyer Tabony and Ashton Anderson Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium. THEME: none. Word...

Rex Parker Does the NYT Crossword Puzzle Shared .

Quick Cryptic 1744 by TrelawneyAn enjoyable puzzle, pitched about right I would say. I was steaming through to start with but slowed as I got further south.

Times for the Times Shared .

Join Deb Amlen and Sam Ezersky to slay Kristian House's #2fast2furious puzzle!

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WoodokuWoodoku - Fun Game To Play - Learn To Play - IOS and Android. Like sudokus but with wood.

Puzzling Games Shared .

Straight Shooter?Sawyer Tabony and Ashton Anderson power us into the weekend with a fast and furious puzzle.

The New York Times Shared .

CountlessEmily Carroll and Erik Agard get together with us on a Saturday.

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Times 27,821: Exit, Pursued By Friday The 13thSome challenging clues in this appropriately puzzle which kept me busy for a full quarter hour.

Times for the Times Shared .

Chess + Sudoku = MagicHi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

Cracking The Cryptic Shared .

Let's Play BackgammonBackgammon is one of the oldest board games for two players. The playing pieces are moved according to the roll of dice, and a player wins by removing all of his pieces from the board before his opponent.

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Buckle In For The Sudoku Thrill Ride!Today's sudoku is a debut on the channel from Qodec.... and WHAT A PUZZLE. You can play it Normal sudoku rules apply.

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Online Casino Games a€“ Should you choose games of skill or luck?However, today’s gambling experiences are much more accessible that they used to be, with the growth of online casinos making it easier than ever to grab a quick game of bingo or try your luck at the latest slot game while on your lunch break or even on the commute to work.

Wealth Words Blog Shared .

PuzzleNation Product Review: Sword in Stone, Cathedral Door, and Grecian ComputerPuzzles come in many forms, all shapes and sizes, but theres probably no puzzle genre that offers more variety and range in difficulty than mechanical brain teasers.

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CROSSWORD #1313: Catch CowServer problems led this one to be a bit late. Where would we be without computers?

Crossword Puzzles By Brendan Emmett Quigley Shared .

Thursday, November 12, 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.

Horace and Frances Discuss. Shared .

Vocalist GormeConstructor: Kristian House Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium. THEME: "To" => "Two" — familiar phrases that contain "to ___," w...

Rex Parker Does the NYT Crossword Puzzle Shared .

Times 27820Time taken: 15:12, but with one silly typo in 8 down, so a pink square of doom.

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Thursday, November 12, 2020Kevin Christian and Julian Lim's Wall Street Journal crossword, “Vegging Out”—Jim P's review.

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‘Am I My Brother's Keeper? 'Bety Costales, restorer with the Conservartecuador foundation, showed one of the polyglot bibles of the Fray Ignacio de Quezada library, at the Convent of Santo Domingo de Guzman, in Quito on May 27, BUENDIA/AFP, via Getty Images.

The New York Times Shared .

Times Quick Cryptic No 1743 by TracyI found this quite tough for a Tracy, taking longer than my 15-minute target, at 16 minutes.

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

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How To Use The Doubling Cube in BackgammonBackgammon is one of the oldest board games for two players. The playing pieces are moved according to the roll of dice, and a player wins by removing all of his pieces from the board before his opponent.

Puzzling Games Shared .

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

Cracking The Cryptic Shared .

Wednesday, November 11, 2020, Alex BajczA 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.

Horace and Frances Discuss. Shared .

Ron of Tarzan on 1960s TVConstructor: Alex Bajcz Relative difficulty: Easy.

Rex Parker Does the NYT Crossword Puzzle Shared .

A New Cryptic Crossword by Dave Gorman!Hi! We're Simon Anthony and Mark Goodliffe, two of the UK's most enthusiastic puzzle solvers.

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Financial Times 16,631 by MONKI can see MYSTERES DES VOIX down the sides of the grid. This reminds me of the fabulous Msyteres des Voix Bulgares albums of Bulgarian folk music.

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Independent 10,634 by EcclesWe look forward to blogging on a Wednesday as we often have an Eccles puzzle.

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Times 27819A fairly gentle challenge for a Wednesday, I thought. I had to think about how to make 1a have 13 letters, not just 11, but it really does.

Times for the Times Shared .

Wednesday, November 11, 2020Evan Kalish's Wall Street Journal crossword, “Water You P's review.

Crossword Fiend Shared .

Paid to PlayAlex Bajcz puzzle repeats on us.

The New York Times Shared .

No 13090, Wednesday 11 Nov 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.

The Hindu Crossword Corner Shared .

Fruit Ninja 2! Watch me Play the Fun New AppAll the stuff that you love and more! After 10 years, Fruit Ninja is back, jam packed with more fruit slicing than you can poke a blade at!

Puzzling Games Shared .

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

Cracking The Cryptic Shared .

The Sudoku Made Of CIRCLESKICKSTARTER to everyone who has helped with our Kickstarter Campaign to create the greatest sudoku book in history.

Cracking The Cryptic Shared .

12 Rules For A Happy and Righteous LifeThe Art of Living spend so much of our time being worried about others, pushing aside our dreams, and shutting out our thoughts.

Puzzling Games Shared .

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, Robert FisherA 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.

Horace and Frances Discuss. Shared .

Farewell, Alex.For the last 18 months or so, puzzlers, trivia fans, and game show enthusiasts have followed the story of Alex Trebek, pop culture icon and long-time host of Jeopardy! after his diagnosis with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in March of last year.

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Product once advertised with the jingle Who Wears Short Shorts?Constructor: Robert Fisher Relative difficulty: Medium-Challenging.

Rex Parker Does the NYT Crossword Puzzle Shared .

Inquisitor 1671: Double Take by EncotaFour unclued thematic entries must be completed. Clue numbers must not be entered initially. Nine clues are common to each pane and must be entered in the same place in each.

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Financial Times 16,630 by JASONThe majority went in smoothly enough, but the endgame involved mopping up a number of tricksy 4-letter words which I have to admit provoked a few more earthy 4-letter words from this solver.

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Fill Me In #269: Screwery is a beer from Croatia.This week, Ryan and Brian wax nostalgic about ACTPs gone by, play a round of the 12-guess movie game, and wonder where Sid is.

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No 13089, Tuesday 10 Nov 2020, Dr. XThe paper has screwed up on the Enumerations for 10D and 15D. Solution to 23D has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered onl...

The Hindu Crossword Corner Shared .

Guardian Cryptic 28,287 by PhilistineAltogether a delightful crossword. I would say it is fair, but with enough quirky features to keep me on my toes.

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The Sudoku of the One True PathNormal Sudoku Rules apply. 10 different pentominos must be placed in the grid, not over given digits.

Cracking The Cryptic Shared .

Why Are There No Digits In My Sudoku? !Today's sudoku is a sequel created by the brilliant RockyRoer... you can play the puzzle Normal sudoku rules apply.

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