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

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

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Monday, August 3, 2020, Eric BornsteinA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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

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

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

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

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WSJ ContestMatt Gaffney's Wall Street Journal contest crossword, "Tormented review"

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No 13004, Monday 03 Aug 2020, SunnetSolution to 12A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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Times Quick Cryptic 1670 by MaraA fairly straightforward 10 minute solve with rather more double meaning clues than usual - 6 in all.

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, August 2, 2020, David Levinson WilkA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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Independent on Sunday 1588 HoskinsThanks to Hoskins for an enjoyable solve. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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

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

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Eyes Open: Puzzle #4Welcome to the latest puzzle in my ongoing series, Eyes Open, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and other civil rights protests.

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Variety: AcrosticEmily Cox and Henry Rathvon, what should we call an erudite brace of acrostic constructors?

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

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Saturday, August 1, 2020, Adam Aaronson and Paolo PascoA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, July 31, 2020, Claire Rimkus and Erik AgardA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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

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ImmaculateAdam Aaronson and Paolo Pasco develop a kooky concept.

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, July 30, 2020, Joel FaglianoA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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French department that borders SwitzerlandConstructor: Joel Fagliano Relative difficulty: Easy.

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No 13001, Thursday 30 Jul 2020, AfterdarkSolution to 29A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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Times Quick Cryptic No 1668 by IzettiA tough one today from Izetti, broadly on a par with Mondays and Tuesdays 15x15 puzzles, and I bunged in 1d with no great certainty just to creep in under the 16 minute mark.

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

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Casino CalculationJoel Fagliano masters the art of saving space.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020, Amanda Chung and Karl NiA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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Financial Times 16,541 by ARTEXLENI found this quite tough. One of those puzzles where the clues seemed obvious only after I had found the answer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020, Ross TrudeauA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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Financial Times 16540 FalconThanks to Falcon for an enjoyable one. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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

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

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No 12999, Tuesday 28 Jul 2020, VulcanSolution to 7D has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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Guardian Cryptic 28,197 by QaosA not too difficult offering from Qaos, with, as usual, a theme: musical instruments. There are a few borderline cases - SIREN , the hidden HARP, and SNARE , along with various related items lightly highlighted in the grid.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday, July 27, 2020, Alan ArbesfeldA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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Financial Times 16,539 by SLORMGORMI wouldn’t be invited into Home and Away’s acting troop.

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, July 26, 2020, Trenton CharlsonA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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Well, Hello to You, TooAlan Arbesfeld opens our solving week in a very friendly way.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, July 25, 2020, Royce FergusonA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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Variety: Puns and AnagramsAnything goes in Sam Ezersky's spicy variety puzzle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, July 24, 2020, Grant ThackrayA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, July 23, 2020, Robyn WeintraubA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020, Peter A. CollinsA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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Financial Times 16,535 by AARDVARKIt looks like there is at least one pangram in here, anybody fancy the job of counting the letters?

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Independent 10,538 by EcclesEccles fills the mid-week spot again this week - we're in for some fun&.

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Times 27723I found this difficult, and rather frustrating. When I did get the answers to some of the clues, I was much more in I suppose so mode than of course, thats clever.

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Kingdom of horsemen in Lord of the RingsConstructor: Peter A. Collins Relative difficulty: Easy. THEME: periodic table stuff — themers are phrases where the first...

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No 12994, Wednesday 22 Jul 2020, IncognitoSolution 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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Wednesday, July 22, 2020Amanda Rafkin's Wall Street Journal crossword, “Settle In”—Jim P's review.

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Creases on the FaceRomelu Lukaku of FC Internazionale laughed during the Serie A match between Roma and FC Internazionale at Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Maffia / NurPhoto, via Getty Images.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020, Zhouqin BurnikelA 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 No 1662 by MaraIntroduction 13:06, keeping with my new tradition of doing 2-3 times worse on my blog days than on other days.

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Updates From Alex Trebek on His Health and Plans for Jeopardy!One of the biggest news stories of the last few years in the world of puzzles and games has Alex Trebek’s ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Impact of Covid-19 on the Online Gaming IndustryCovid-19 has been the hottest topic of the year. It has not only impacted the lives of the people across the globe but has also hit the global civilization badly.Â.

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Guardian Cryptic 28,191 by CrucibleI enjoyed clues such as those for TOPLESS and FLOOR SHOW, but had I been ticking good clues as I went along, probably would have ticked quite a few more.

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Financial Times 16,534 by FLIMSYNot quite a write-in - some subtle parsing required - but a brisk start to the day.

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Popular hair-coloring techniqueConstructor: Zhouqin Burnikel Relative difficulty: Easy. THEME: twenty twenty — Differently punctuated variations provide...

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No 12993, Tuesday 21 Jul 2020, IncognitoSolution to 12A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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Raring to GoIt's great to see Zhouqin Burnikel back in the race again.

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Times Cryptic 27722A substantial defeat for me on this one. I managed all but four answers in 25 minutes and then after much agonising over the remainder I noticed I had a wrong answer which I corrected and immediately saw one of the missing words.

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Times Quick Cryptic 1661 by HurleyAnother fast start to the week - todays time of 7:57 improving slightly on yesterdays.

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Monday, July 20, 2021, Alex Eaton-SalnersA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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CROSSWORD #1280: Themeless MondayWho doesn't love a joke like this? Behold the preposterous clue in today's Financial Times crossword.

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Crossword roundup: Hindi word; indie crosswordEnter a Covid-free zone for our pick of the best of recent cryptic clues.

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Guardian Quiptic 1079 CarpathianThank you to Carpathian for a nice Quiptic. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Financial Times 16,533 by ZAMORCAGood mix of clues with some nice surfaces. A few old chestnuts. Very enjoyable.

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LJ intrusionToday when viewing my QC blog I am seeing this between the end of the blog itself and the first comment.

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No 12992, Monday 20 Jul 2020, ArdenSolution 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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Guardian Cryptic 28,190 by AntoNow here's an argument: which BOOM is the 'report', and which the 'economic success'? One in a row&.

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Sunday, July 19, 2020, Wyna LiuA 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 1660 by WurmMy solving time was 9 minutes for all but 1ac, which after a further 5 I abandoned hope and resorted to aids as I knew it was a word I would never come up with from the definition and I was getting nowhere with any element of the wordplay.

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Times 27721A very pleasant start to the week of crosswords, with a little bit for everyone, especially, perhaps, the astronomer.

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Fireball ContestThis month, we're asked "What song in 3/4 time is hinted at by this puzzle?"

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Makeup of a BeachAlex Eaton-Salners bosses us around — must be Monday.

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Independent on Sunday 1,586 by PoinsHello everyone. Thanks to Poins for today’s crossword which kept me occupied for rather longer than most of the Indy puzzles I’ve blogged lately. I found it educational and entertaining. How was it for you?

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First man in Maori mythologyConstructor: Wyna Liu Relative difficulty: Medium.

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THE HINDU CROSSWORD CORNER: The Sunday Crossword No 3109, Sunday 19 Jul 2020A complete shambles, maybe setter's to be given time out, quick!

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Everyman 3,848As usual for Everyman, there is the 'primarily' clue at 27A, and the rhyming pair at 4D and 9D.

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Sunday Times Cryptic No 4911 by Robert Price — DIVERSIONARY tacticsNothing very exotic here, though I wasnt sure when working this that Id ever seen, let alone eaten, a DRUPE.

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Doubles PlayWe're all made redundant in Wyna Liu's Sunday debut.

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Saturday, July 18, 2020, John Guzzetta and Michael HawkinsA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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Eyes Open: Puzzle #3Welcome to the latest puzzle in my ongoing series, Eyes Open, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and other civil rights protests.

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Saturday, July 18, 2020 — Cox and RathvonIntroduction Here is today's puzzle from Cox and Rathvon. I will return later with the solution.

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July 2020-1 Across crossword magazineChameleon's puzzle is missing its preamble. It should read: "11 clues generate an extra letter."

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Jumbo 1448This was a bit of a struggle for me not really on the compilers wavelength I think, but nothing unfair.

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Mammalian hematophageConstructor: John Guzzetta and Michael Hawkins Relative difficulty: Medium. THEME: none Word of the Day: PICARDY.

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CheekyJohn Guzzetta and Michael Hawkins present a puzzle with sass.

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Times Cryptic No 27714And I too flew through this one, until I reached my LOI, 4dn, which took a bit of an alphabet hunt.

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Friday, July 17, 2020, Rich ProulxA 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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It Was a Dark and Stormy Night&Long-time readers know that we often host in-house wordplay contests. Not only do we invite our friends at Penny/Dell Puzzles to participate, but our fellow puzzlers and PuzzleNationers as well!

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Friday, July 17, 2020 — DT 29231Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle Number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29231 Publication Date in The Daily Telegraph Wednesday, De...

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Financial Times 16,531 by CHALMIEWhat a treat from CHALMIE this Friday!

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Joey Dee's backup group in 1960s popConstructor: Rich Proulx Relative difficulty: Medium. THEME: face — actually, none... but the grid is a creepy fac...

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Guardian Cryptic 28,188 by PhilistineI must say that my first reaction on completing this puzzle was that it was a good workmanlike job, but on reflection, I see this an an unjustified damning with faint praise.

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Hose and Belt SellersRich Proulx's puzzle is there when you need it.

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Times Quick Cryptic No 1659 by TracyI found this not as hard as Pedros yesterday, but still a tricky enough challenge from Tracy today to end the week.

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Times 27,719: When It Comes To The Crunch, Double Your UnchA crossword of middling difficulty, with some fairly easy clues commingling with slightly sneakier offerings - nothing at all wrong with that.

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A Handful of Puzzly Resources for Constructors!The internet has really grown the crossword community by leaps and bounds. Puzzlers can share favorite puzzles, reviews, opinions, and feedback with fellow solvers, constructors, editors, and publishers at the touch of a button.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 — DT 29230Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle Number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29230 Publication Date in The Daily Telegraph Tuesday, Dece...

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Thursday, July 16, 2020, Evan KalishA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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CROSSWORD #1279: Shark SightingsReminder: Boswords is this Sunday. Sunday! What else are you going to do? Well, if the beach is out of the question for any reason, then you know what...

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Cause of death in Sherlock Holmes novel Sign of FourConstructor: Evan Kalish Relative difficulty: Easy.

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Independent 10,533 by PhiIt's been a strange week for us, with a hospital visit, a visit to the hairdresser for both of us and the first time into Nottingham city centre since lockdown began.

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No 12989, Thursday 16 Jul 2020, ArdenSolution to 17D 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 1658 by PedroA bit on the trickier side today, I found - the RHS certainly looked pretty sparse after a first read through of the acrosses, with only 19 and 23 going in.

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WitchcraftEvan Kalish is hiding from us.

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27718 Thursday, 16 July 2020 In my end is my beginningI found this rather stiff going, particularly as the NW corner was pretty unyielding, though in retrospect Im not quite sure why.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020, Lee Higbie and Jeff ChenA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020 — DT 29229Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle Number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29229 Publication Date in The Daily Telegraph Monday, Decem...

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Tricky Crossword Clues and Answers Suggested by the ExpertsHere are the tricky 25 clues and answers that the indie crossword editors share their favorites for better online crossword solving.

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Financial Times 16,529 by JULIUSJust a guess. Something to do with ethereal and Job and Esther in the Bible?

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Times Quick Cryptic 1657 by TeazelA bit later than usual - apologies to our esteemed friends across the pond. This one held me up a little, taking me average time and a half, but I can't see why now.

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Times 27717A mostly straightforward puzzle, this, but with a few odd bits that caused me to slow down at the end.

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Commercial district in Tokyo known as fashion centerConstructor: Lee Hibgie and Jeff Chen Relative difficulty: Mediumish, maybe slightly harder. THEME: a volcano — I think th...

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No 12988, Wednesday 15 Jul 2020, GridmanSolution to 24A has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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Send You to the MoonLee Higbie makes his New York Times Crossword debut, ably assisted by Jeff Chen.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020, Stella ZawistowskiA 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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Weird Versions of Monopoly, Part 2!Last week, we ventured on a deep dive into the expansive world of Monopoly. Yes, that most ubiquitous of games that everybody knows.

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The Health Benefits of Online GamingLess than a decade ago it was widely accepted that video gaming, when not played in moderation was a bad thing for people's physical andRead more about The Health Benefits of Online Gaming.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020 — DT 29228Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle Number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29228 Publication Date in The Daily Telegraph Saturday, Dec...

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Financial Times 16,528 by SLORMGORMSome head-scratching required but nothing to complain of and some quiet chuckles as well. Thanks, Slormgorm.

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No 12987, Tuesday 14 Jul 2020, GridmanSolution to 18D has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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Trying to Look CulturedStella Zawistowski puts on a show for us.

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Times Cryptic 27716Apart from my solving time of 32 minutes I cant think of anything to add here ahead of the blog so I shall just let it speak for itself.

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Times Quick Cryptic 1656 by IzettiAt 8:04 this solve was 1 second faster than yesterdays which was generally considered to be an easy start to the week.

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Monday, July 13, 2020, 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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Monday, July 13, 2020 — DT 29227Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle Number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29227 Publication Date in The Daily Telegraph Friday, Decem...

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CROSSWORD #1278: Themeless MondayIt's not often that I point out a clue that I'm proud of, but, well, in an attempt to avoid spoilers, there's one here in this very puzzle.

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Crossword blog: Crossword Council #1The third general meeting of council considers a new device.

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Financial Times 16,527 by BASILISKTook me longer than usual to get through this puzzle - a good thing in my book!

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Flower of tree Prunus mumeConstructor: Erik Agard Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium.

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Muller Monthly Music Meta, JulyTitle: "Jazz Combos" Prompt: The meta for this puzzle is a category describing some jazz performances.

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No 12986, Monday 13 Jul 2020, GridmanSolution to 19D has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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QC 1655 by TrelawnySorry, no time to say very much this week, too much going on in the world outside the blogosphere.

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Times 27715Time: 11 minutes Music: None, outdoor porch solve No, the correct answer is Personal Best.

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Flower on a TreeA plum tree at a village in Gwangyang, South Korea — also known as Plum Blossom Village — in full Ryu/NurPhoto, via Getty Images.

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Sunday, July 12, 2020, Samuel A. DonaldsonA 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 3123A step up in difficulty this week, it took me two sessions to put everything together.

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Woods who voiced CinderellaConstructor: Samuel A. Donaldson Relative difficulty: Easy.

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Sunday, July 12, 2020The Sunday puzzle thinks we're slacking off, because this one's called "Chores Galore" and last week's was "To-Do List." You're not the boss of me!

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THE HINDU CROSSWORD CORNER: The Sunday Crossword No 3108, Sunday 12 Jul 2020Nudist's sea-swimming without support. UNASSISTED* 11 What's produced by conversion of us immoral lot? IMMORTAL SOUL* &lit 13 Wench wanting to repeatedly lose weight to become delightful.

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Dean Mayer 4910A fun puzzle with a clue that is pretty much identical to one that appeared in one of Dean's puzzles that I blogged in March , that was itself almost identical to a clue in one of Dean's puzzles that I blogged in May last year.

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Chores GaloreHoney, do this Samuel A. Donaldson puzzle. Let us know if you need a hand.

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Variety: Diagramless CrosswordI think that today's puzzle is very tough. My theory is that this grid is a depiction of a scene in 15A, which is the only span entry today and a great help to solving the top of the grid, at least.

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Saturday, July 11, 2020 — Cox and RathvonIntroduction Here is today's puzzle from Cox and Rathvon. I will return later with the solution.

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Saturday, July 11, 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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Physical realm in cyberpunkConstructor: Kameron Austin Collins Relative difficulty: Easy. THEME: none Word of the...

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Bulk of an ExperimentKameron Austin Collins pushes us to our limits.

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Times Cryptic Jumbo No 1447-27th JuneI really should write my introduction to my Jumbo blogs while the crossword is fresh in my memory.

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Times Cryptic No 27708Typical Saturday fare. Unusually rich in homophones, I thought, and in quaint double definitions. No references as far as I could see to the birthday party across the Atlantic.

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PuzzleNation First Look: Everything Board Games MagazineNow available for free on their website, and Ive gotta say& Im pretty impressed. Its 82 pages, a full-color reading experience that is vibrant, visually engaging, and abs...

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Friday, July 10, 2020, John LiebA 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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Friday, July 10, 2020 — DT 29226Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle Number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29226 Publication Date in The Daily Telegraph Thursday, Dec...

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Guardian Cryptic 28182 PicaroonA nice challenge. Thank you to Picaroon. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Quick Cryptic 1654 by WurmNice fun puzzle, not too hard. I got tripped up in a couple of places by overcomplicating it.

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Independent 10,528 by PhiIt's the end of another week and once again it's Phi-Day.

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Financial Times 16,525 by WANDERERAn excellent workout from WANDERER that I was only able to crack with dogged determination.

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Sam Shepard play about warring brothersConstructor: John Lieb Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium. THEME: none Word of the Day: "TRUE WEST"

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For Those Feeling LostChildren learn about the world at a Montessori school in Haute-Savoie, Images Group via Getty Images.

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Times 27,713: Guess Who's Back, Friday's BackWell this was something of a beast, requiring as it did knowledge of sporting argot, classical AND rock music and various foreign tongues to negotiate its pangrammatic wynds.

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How Much Puzzle Can You Fit on a Single Page?Freshly printed. 15x, probably. Perhaps 17x. Maybe you have a subscription service. Maybe you nabbed a PDF online from any number of talented constructors.

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CROSSWORD #1277: Squirm Of An IdeaI have been informed that Boswords is going to happen in the Year Of Corona.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020, Joe KiddA 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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No 12983, Thursday 09 Jul 2020, GussalufzSolution to 7D has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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'Who's a Good Boy? 'The speed skater Antoinette de Jong gave her fiancé, Coen Rijpma , positive feedback during a May training session in Wolvega, the Bijlsma/BSR Agency, via Getty Images.

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Guardian Cryptic 28,181 by NutmegIt takes me a while to get onto Nutmeg's wavelength, so this was a slow but steady solve, but ultimately very satisfying.

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Times Quick Cryptic No 1653 by DesOne of Setter Dess rare visits, which are invariably welcome. He scores quite high on Jackkts League Table of Difficulty , so I expected the worst when I saw his name, but I solved this one in 12 minutes, which was pretty good going.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 — DT 29224Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle Number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29224 Publication Date in The Daily Telegraph Tuesday, Dece...

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Chase DittrichA 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 16,523 by GOZOThis is a quadruple pangram. Not many of these have been achieved in the history of crossword setting.

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Devil may care attitude in modern parlanceConstructor: Chase Dittrich Relative difficulty: Easyish. THEME: typography commands — familiar phrases with typography co...

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No 12982, Wednesday 08 Jul 2020, AvtaarSolution to 24D has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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Downward DogChase Dittrich makes his New York Times Crossword debut by messing with his keyboard.

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Weird Versions of Monopoly!An insane number of Monopoly variants on the market. already covered that one.) Enjoy! First, let's look at the different ways they've tried to update Monopoly over the years.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020, Kevin PattersonA 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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Inquisitor 1653: Lemon Time by TritonTriton returns to a previous character when his friend, the setter Andy Lemon, is kidnapped again.

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No 12981, Tuesday 07 Jul 2020, AvtaarSolution to 18D has been deliberately left unsolved and is to be answered only by a non-regular / novice commenter, with proper annotation....

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Frat House RequestKevin Patterson makes a very clever New York Times Crossword debut.

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Financial Times 16,522 by FLIMSYMostly straightforward but with some teasers in the bottom left which gave me pause. Enjoyed it.

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Times Quick Cryptic 1651 by MaraA zippy start to week - 6:33 yesterday and 6:54 today. This solve took on an X-rated approach starting by completing the NE then SW then up to NW and finally puzzling through the SE.

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Times Cryptic 27710I completed most of this well within my target half-hour, then got stuck and after 45 minutes I gave up and resorted to aids to find the answer to my LOI at 27ac.

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Monday, July 6, 2020 — DT 29222Puzzle at a Glance Puzzle Number in The Daily Telegraph DT 29222 Publication Date in The Daily Telegraph Saturday, Nov...

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CROSSWORD #1276: Themeless MondayBack with another Themeless Monday. Enjoy! Looking for more puzzles? The Hub Crossword and Marching Bands year six have...

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Crossword roundup: why stilton can't be made in StiltonThere's blue cheese and classical piano in our pick of the best of the broadsheets' cryptic clues.

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Monday, July 6, 2020, Lynn LempelA blog about doing the New York Times Crossword. Some answers are revealed, but the review is not intended as a "cheat sheet" for other solvers.

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Financial Times 16,521 by ZAMORCANot much to say really... nothing too taxing here, though the precise parsing of some of them was a little awkward.

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