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Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 016

A Puzzle by Bufo

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Welcome to the sixteenth in our series of weekly puzzles.

Three weeks ago today, I was sitting in the White Horse, Parson’s Green with Bufo and he suddenly said “I’ll compile a puzzle for you, Dave”.  None of the usual arm-twisting or blackmail (I put that bit in for Prolixic and Gnomethang!).  Well, here is that puzzle, and a very enjoyable one it is too.

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NTSPP – 010

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 010

Mixed Abilities by Radler

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Welcome to the tenth in our series of weekly puzzles.

This is the third by Radler – this puzzle has down clues that are, in general, easier than the across clues, hence Mixed Abilities.

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NTSPP – 009

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 009

Spot the Links by Tilsit

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Welcome to the ninth in our series of weekly puzzles.

Ages ago, before the start of this series, Tilsit promised to write a puzzle for the blog.  Well, at long last here it is!

There is a theme, which is particularly appropriate for this weekend (I’ll say no more before I give the game away).  What I will say is that you must read the preamble before starting – if you don’t you may finish up scratching your head for quite a while.

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NTSPP – 008

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 008

A Puzzle by Prolixic

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Welcome to the eighth in our series of weekly puzzles.

Prolixic, or should that be Prolific, entertains us again. This one should be medium, say three stars. See if you agree.

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NTSPP – 007

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 007

No, there’s no Bond theme! by Anax

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Welcome to the seventh in our series of weekly puzzles.  If you were wondering about the title, this is puzzle no. 007.

Anax is experimenting once more.  This one should be medium difficult, say four stars.  See if you agree.

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Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 004

A Bonus Puzzle by Anax

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Welcome to the fourth in what has become an excellent series of weekly puzzles.  Telegraph setters themselves have been known to dip in, perhaps to see how it really should be done!

This one dropped unexpectedly into my mailbox recently.  Anax thought he would try his hand at writing an easier puzzle.  Easier that what?  You might well ask.  Easier than his usual fare.  Is it easy – that’s for you to judge.

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NTSPP – 003

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 003

Home in the North West by Radler

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This is the third in a series of additional weekend puzzles.

This week we have a puzzle from Radler.   Anax pointed him in the direction of the Alberich site (see the sidebar) and you will discover two more of his puzzles there.  We are very pleased to be publishing a third puzzle by this setter.

As with last week’s puzzle, this one has a theme.  You are strongly recommended to read the preamble as this explains that certain clues have only wordplay and lack definition.  The solving of 29,27 and 12,32 are key to the solving of the whole puzzle.

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NTSPP – 002

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 002

Odd One Out by Prolixic

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This is the second in a series of additional weekend puzzles.

After the ridiculous fuss created last week, we should be returning to calmer waters today. Prolixic started by leaving comments on the site, and then rather foolishly tried to drink me under the table at the White Horse a few weeks back (he thought he had a chance because I had already been there for about three hours!). Following this meeting he has written his first review and today we present his debut cryptic puzzle.

The puzzle has a theme, which you should discover fairly quickly, and this will help with quite a few of the clues. To say any more would spoil that “penny drop” moment.

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