539 Dac

October 31, 2012

Excellent stuff from Dac, that I enjoyed every minute of. Chewy enough to get your teeth into, but never that hard that you felt stuck and frustrated. COD the appropriately, for today, 9ac (‘Having the blues in part of Eastern England is scary (9)’).


538 Virgilius

October 30, 2012

Quite tough for Virgilius I thought, with one (5d) I wouldn’t have got without the help of Google. I didn’t spot the theme until I got stuck on 1d, 11ac and 26ac at the end, at which point the previously unexplained 17ac became all too clear and saved my bacon. COD for me was 9ac, simply because the surface was that smoothly written that it took me until near the end to spot the anagram (‘Some betting could be seen as contemptible’), with the excellently well hidden 3d (‘Problem for L.A. seen in seismograph) a close runner up.


537 Quixote

October 29, 2012

Lots to like in today’s Quixote, which was nicely pitched for a Monday. COD for me 26ac (Spun message explaining why newspaper needed new leader?)


535 Morph

October 26, 2012

Whipped through half of this in no time at all, then got steadily stuck and gave up in the end, feeling as disgruntled as one of the commentators on the original blog. That said, I did like 3d and 27d.


534 Quixote

October 25, 2012

Placeholder for any comments / questions. I’ve not finished solving this one yet, and cannot find an old Fifteensquared blog for the clues I have solved…

533 Dac

October 24, 2012

A bit harder than the usual Dac, I thought, with some very well disguised definitions (12ac, for example). All fair though and above board.


532 Virgilius

October 23, 2012

Another good one from Virgilius, with a smattering of thematic material based around the quote from Shaw. I got a little stuck on the intersection of 22 and 28, but nothing too testing apart from that. COD? 14d. (Take some responsibility for what Democrats or Labour can do for Yank or Brit).


531 Quixote

October 22, 2012

Well, if you can find an old Fifteensquared blog for this then you’re a better man (or woman) than I am.

I’ve finished this puzzle, which was quite straightforward. I won’t have time to write a blog, but happy to answer any questions anybody has on it!

529 Bannsider

October 19, 2012

Well, that was the hardest crossword I’ve done in a while. Got there in the end, but I must admit I needed a little help here and there. COD 14d, for the very nice misdirection as to the particular ‘Bush’ we should be interested in (Combat artillery maintained by Bush (6)). Thumbs down to 18ac for being needlessly obscure.


528 Phi

October 18, 2012

Good stuff from Phi – not too difficult, and not too easy for a Thursday either. It’s one of the easier clues, but my COD was 24ac (Song exposing limits of harmony and modulation (4)).