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

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20 sept 2018 at 02:53 59

Times 27148 - exterminate!

Time taken: 9:54. I got almost all of the down answers on a first run though, and probably could have been a little faster than this on a good brain day. I'm in my last week of rehearsals for a show, so I'm a little behind in the regular solving...

20 sept 2018 at 01:00 29

Times Quick Cryptic No 1183 by Rongo

Apologies for the 14d blog this morning - I’m doing this in California separated from my usual devices and tools, which has slowed me down somewhat. This took me a little over 12 minutes to complete, and significantly longer to write this bare blog. Thanks to Rongo for an...

19 sept 2018 at 04:20 53

Times 27147 - `Have some wine,' the March Hare said in an encouraging tone.

I am a Lewis Carroll enthusiast. An Aliceophile. So, just about on topic; when I saw the answer to 28a, it prompted me to read once more (although I could nearly recite it from memory) the Tea Party chapter; one of the most silly, but at the same time intelligently...

18 sept 2018 at 23:30 25

Times Quick Cryptic No 1182 by Pedro

DNF, on account of 5 Down, in part because of US/UK usage differences, in part because of a foggy, sleep-deprived brain.I thought this puzzle was superb. I don't get around to the main puzzle too often these days, so I like a bit of bite in my Quickie. Great word...

18 sept 2018 at 01:00 41

Times Cryptic 27146

I needed 40 minutes for all but two clues and then after a further 10 minutes I was getting nowehere so I threw in the towel and resorted to aids. Sometimes you just know that you don't know an answer and if the wordplay won't come togther it seems better...

18 sept 2018 at 00:04 39

Times Quick Cryptic 1181 by Des

As you can see, I am your blogger tonight, substituting for ChrisW91, who is off on a cruise of the Baltic. This is certainly a well-deserved vacation, as the job of a once-a-week blogger is pretty demanding - although at least you don't have to worry about whether...

17 sept 2018 at 01:00 28

Times Quick Cryptic 1180 by Tracy

This should have been straightforward for me but at 8 minutes with one answer in the SE corner outstanding I lost the plot and needed a further 6 minutes to come up with the correct solution. My feeble excuse is given below. As usual definitions are underlined in bold...

16 sept 2018 at 23:30 47

Times 27145 - Play Opus?

A typical Monday offering, combining lightness of touch with well-crafted clueing. Not the easiest, but one for those wishing to migrate from the Quickie to have a stab at. 28 minutes plus change for me. ACROSS 1 Finish off second young seal (3,2) MOP...

15 sept 2018 at 23:47 17

Sunday Times Cryptic No. 4815, by Dean Mayer — Yon lone nagaram…!

And it isn’t even the entire clue. My goodness, has this ever happened before? (nagarams)* like this ACROSS  1 Indian dish served in food halls (4) DHAL — Hidden in food halls  4 Boss with little experience receiving question mark (10) TASKMASTER — T(ASK M)ASTER  9 Colour in, like circle (6) INDIGO — IN + DIG, “like”...

15 sept 2018 at 01:00 14

Times Cryptic Jumbo 1341

First of all, thanks very much to the setter for the "wave" at 1 across. I'm going out on a limb and saying it isn't coincidence given that it's the first clue in a puzzle that's on my watch for blogging. Fame at last. Onto the puzzle itself,...

14 sept 2018 at 06:46 47

Times 27,143: The End of the Beginning

I wasn't on the wavelength for this one - or maybe just shagged out after another long week - taking a little over 10 minutes to finish on paper. And very glad I was to do the paper version too, this time, 23dn being just the kind of clue I'm...

14 sept 2018 at 00:50 47

Times Quick Cryptic No 1179 by Izetti

A typical witty and thought-provoking crossword from Izetti today, with plenty of practice at cracking cryptic definitions. A couple of fish, a couple of trips abroad, the police and their collaborator, a bit of Greek mythology, some wizardry and a nasty bit of witchcraft feature in the wide range of...

13 sept 2018 at 03:55 27

Times Quick Cryptic No 1178 by Flamande

I was bang on my target for this good quality puzzle, but there was a bit of trickery and misdirection so I'd say it was a touch on the harder side. The misdirection was of a very satisfying type, with smooth surface readings having to be dissected, such as the...

13 sept 2018 at 02:07 55

RoTimes Cryptic No 27142, Thursday, 13 September 2018 '?

I found this quite a challenge, and took just over 30 minutes to complete. I gained the impression that there were rather more first and last letter bits of wordplay than we normally get, and a decent number of reverses to go with them. The vocabulary is interesting, and includes...

12 sept 2018 at 04:31 68

Times 27141. Dum spiro, spero.

A twenty minute stroll, but a few tricky ones to parse once the answers were plucked from the likely-box; 17a, 18a, 3d, 15d for example. A pleasant if not demanding puzzle for a Wednesday, I don't expect to see orange on the SNITCH. The definition / meaning of 6a may...