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MPP 121

Quarterly Prize Puzzle (August 2022)

A Puzzle by Radler

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Why not have a go at our latest Quarterly Prize Puzzle?

The winner will receive their choice of any of the Telegraph Crossword Books or an Amazon voucher. Continue reading “MPP 121”

Site Housekeeping for July and August 2022 – for Bloggers and Setters

It looks like Big Dave will still be out of action for quite some time, so just a few bits of housekeeping for the next few weeks, and while the boss recovers.

Bloggers:
We’ll assume you are all doing your normal arranged sessions, unless you notify me. If you find you are unable to blog, we should be able to find cover.Continue reading

EV 1542 by Stick Insect

EV 1542: Battle by Stick Insect – a Setter’s Blog

Extra letters give FIGHTING WITH HIM WAS LIKE TRYING TO SOLVE A CROSSWORD, from Red by TAYLOR SWIFT; the line ends ‘…and realising there is no right answer’, hence SWIFT is removed with the cells shaded red.

Some crosswords come from a subject dear to the setter’s heart, which he’s keen to share with others.… Continue reading

MPP 120

Monthly Prize Puzzle (May 2022)

A Puzzle by Prolixic

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Why not have a go at our latest Monthly Prize Puzzle?

The winner will receive their choice of any of the Telegraph Crossword Books.

Please note that, due to punitive postal charges, while the competition is open to all, the prize is only available to UK solvers.

A review will follow after the closing date (21st May 2022).

The competition is now closed

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Sunday Toughie 11

Sunday Toughie No 11 by Robyn

Review by Sloop John Bee

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This puzzle was published on 10th April 2022

Robyn with his fourth turn in the Sunday Toughie slot. It is becoming the norm that I find some of these clues easier to solve than to explain, but here goes with the latest from the Beehive ( a combination of my musings and the hive mind from the blog.)… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 10

Sunday Toughie No 10 by proXimal

Review by Sloop John Bee

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This puzzle was published on 3rd April 2022

They seem to be getting tougher each week but I will keep at it staying as calm and serene as a swan while paddling furiously underneath.… Continue reading

Sunday Toughie 9

Sunday Toughie No 9 by Zandio

Review by Sloop John Bee

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This puzzle was published on 27th March 2022

A tricky little devil at first but with a bit of “Biased” help from the blog we got there in the end.… Continue reading

MPP 119

Monthly Prize Puzzle (Apr 2022)

Valuable Letters by Alchemi

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Why not have a go at our latest Monthly Prize Puzzle?

The winner will receive their choice of any of the Telegraph Crossword Books.

Please note that, due to punitive postal charges, while the competition is open to all, the prize is only available to UK solvers.

A review will follow after the closing date (16th Apr 2022).

The competition is now closed

Continue reading “MPP 119”

Sunday Toughie 7

Sunday Toughie No 7 by Robyn

Review by Sloop John Bee

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This puzzle was published on 13th March 2022

I think I parsed this but If you have another interpretation please let me know, as I am still learning here.
The Castle 15a and the Carvings 27a were on my podium, but hard not to put 8d on top of the (wood)pile.… Continue reading