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Times and comments on the Times crossword from a team of solvers

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18 jul 2018 at 04:59 43

Times 27093 - no turning Somersets for this one

Another Wednesday which I don't think will take us far into the orange zone on SNITCH, with some fairly obvious or biffable answers - even if the wordplay was often intricate and very clever. If I'd done it in one go, it would have been 21 minutes, with parsing 13a...

18 jul 2018 at 04:00 20

Quick Cryptic 1137 by Flamande

Fairly straightforward fare today. I had to come back for 2dn and 9ac, otherwise it all flowed nicely in order. The highlight for me was the little run of 7, 10, and 11dn which made me chuckle as each penny dropped. Definitions underlined. Across 1 Like a...

17 jul 2018 at 01:00 50

Times Cryptic 27092

I needed 40 minutes for this one which I found quite chewy in its way . Nothing in it was overly difficult but plenty that needed a bit of thinking about. As usual definitions are underlined in bold italics, {deletions and substitutions are in curly brackets} and [anagrinds, containment,...

17 jul 2018 at 00:18 39

Times Quick Cryptic 1136 by Mara

No time to report today but my guess is that this is a medium difficulty puzzle from Mara. Plenty of anagrams around - roughly a quarter of the clues. I got on fairly well throughout until the SW caused some pause with 11dn, 19ac and LOI 15dn. Plenty of worthy...

16 jul 2018 at 02:15 53

Times 27091 - "All your cares, Now they seem, Oh so far away...."

Time: 29 minutes Music: Schubert, Symphony [link], Krips/LSO Not too hard a puzzle, but not for beginners. Experienced solvers will be well aware of words such as 'palimpsest' and 'thimblerig' from past experience, and I wrote these in without difficulty. My problems were getting...

15 jul 2018 at 23:39 19

QC 1135 by Hurley

Short and sharp today. My new internet advertising campaign has been bringing me so many new clients that my feet are not really spending much time in contact with the ground at present, and the same goes for my fingertips and the blogging keyboard. Felt like a lot of...

14 jul 2018 at 22:28 43

Sunday Times 4806 by Dean Mayer

23:36. A classic Dean Mayer puzzle this, with lots of clever and witty clues and some nice original touches. Also quite tough, for me at least, which is by no means unusual for this setter. There were a few unfamiliar or perhaps slightly oblique meanings in here to slow...

13 jul 2018 at 23:00 27

Times Cryptic No 27084 - Saturday, 07 July 2018. Too much football is barely enough?

This took me longer than usual: about 50 minutes. I don’t think it was too hard. Just a well-clued Saturday puzzle. My LOI was 1ac, which took me ages to see, so I’ll call it the clue of the day. The bulk of the clues were “assemble as per instructions”,...

13 jul 2018 at 07:04 33

Quick Cryptic 1134 by Izetti

Decent rattle through today, which was welcome after recent blogging days. Nothing too tricksy, no Ninas. Took far too long to spot the parsing of 17ac so I suppose that's my CoD. 6 minutes. Across 1 Small island in March is blissful place (8) PARADISE - March...

13 jul 2018 at 06:48 57

Times 27,089: The Wizard of Speed and Time

I've been a bit distracted from the 15x15s by my duties as a team captain in the Quiz League of London of late, but fortunately for me there was a definite sense of the puzzles not being overly hard this week, and so it proved even with the Friday puzzle,...

12 jul 2018 at 02:07 31

Times Quick Cryptic No 1133 by Oran

Well this felt different! In the only previous blog I did for an Oran puzzle, I was somewhat smug about completing it in record time. Perhaps this is Oran’s revenge? I took all of 18 minutes here, and found the clueing and style slightly, and suspiciously, unfamiliar....

12 jul 2018 at 00:06 44

Times 27088 - how's your geography?

Solving time: 9:04, but missed a typo when I was checking over answers, so I'm not gonig to be contributing to the SNITCH times today. As of right now, three of the four solvers have one error, so maybe it is international butterfingers day. I was expecting a stinker...

11 jul 2018 at 05:08 43

Times 27087 - Horryd please vote for 2d as word of the Day

Did this is 20 minutes in my currently daily taxi to / from Bordeaux, on a nice smooth French autoroute, no potholes here (although it is péage). The second half of 18a was the only bit of vocab new to me, but an obvious answer. I had to think for...

11 jul 2018 at 00:00 38

Times Quick Cryptic No 1132 by Teazel

A fine puzzle, but a ghastly solve — the perfect storm of difficulty and distraction: scrawling in answers to a very (~30%) UK-centric puzzle and simultaneously trying to prevent my two-year-old from burning the house down, all the while supervising the grandparents who are supposed to be watching the imp...

10 jul 2018 at 01:00 67

Times Cryptic 27086

I needed 38 minutes to complete this one as it presented no major problems. There were a couple of words / meanings I didn't know, but the wordplay was straightforward in these instances apart from the (almost) inevitable foreign / obscure word clued as an anagram.As usual definitions...