NTSPP – 029 (Comments)

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 029

Strains of Blue by Radler

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Welcome to the twenty ninth in our series of weekly puzzles.

This week we have another puzzle from Radler.  There is an underlying theme, and working that out will help with the puzzle but is not essential.

The puzzle by Radler is available by clicking here:

NTSPP - 029

Feel free to leave comments about this puzzle.



  1. gazza
    Posted August 28, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Radler for another great puzzle which I really enjoyed. Getting the theme early on is a definite help.

  2. Prolixic
    Posted August 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Agree with Gazza – I would say that cracking the theme is essential for some of the nine themed clues otherwise the definitions are too wide and can only be narrowed down by knowing the theme.

    Overall a really good crossword and enjoyable. It felt very much like some Guardian crosswords.

    There were a few places where I had minor reservations about the clues but those are probably where I have misunderstood the wordplay.

    Many thanks to Radler for the crossword.

  3. crypticsue
    Posted August 28, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    I struggle to get on Radler’s wavelength but am continuing to cogitate and perservate and will not be defeated. Probably will be doing same tomorrow but I do like a challenge.

  4. Radler
    Posted August 28, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Gazza and Prolixic for your comments and to Crypticsue, I hope you find the challenge worthwhile.
    I submitted this puzzle at very short notice. Big Dave was able to prove it could be solved, but there wasn’t time to provide feedback. Consequently some of the clues are a little unpolished and I apologise for any (hopefully minor) faults you may encounter.

    • crypticsue
      Posted August 28, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

      Still struggling. Am going to see what a night’s sleep does for my cryptic brain cells. Love 13a!

  5. Posted August 29, 2010 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    I was in apres golf mode yesterday so I will tackle this today.