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March 12th, 2019

Times Quick Cryptic 1306 by Teazel

I struggled in the top half, so quite quickly dropped down to the bottom where progress was easier. Having built up the base, the two long down clues (3 and 8) then helped with checkers to piece the top half together - finishing on 2dn. That sounds like a struggle but I came in 2 seconds under 8 minutes - another fast finish for me.

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Times Cryptic 27296

I found this rather tricky and needed 47 minutes to complete it, but it was enormously enjoyable with a number of very inventive devices and an inspired cryptic clue at 22ac that made me laugh.

As usual definitions are underlined in bold italics, {deletions and substitutions are in curly brackets} and [anagrinds, containment, reversal and other indicators in square ones]

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