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Guardian 26,404 – Paul

Posted by Andrew on 30th October 2014

Andrew.

After yesterday’s strenuous tussle with Enigmatist, this was relatively a walk in the park, but with lots to enjoy, including several nice bits of &littish-ness. Thanks to Paul for the entertainment.

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Guardian 26,397 – Chifonie

Posted by Andrew on 22nd October 2014

Andrew.

As usual with Chifonie, very straightforward clueing, with lots of charades; a good puzzle for beginners that would fit well (and better than some) in the Quiptic spot. Thanks to the setter.

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Guardian 26,390 – Qaos

Posted by Andrew on 14th October 2014

Andrew.

Another puzzle where I made a slow start, but then steady progress to the end. Looking back there’s nothing too difficult here, but a nice variety of clues. Thanks to the setter.

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Guardian 26,383 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 6th October 2014

Andrew.

Only two cryptic definitions today, but seven doubles (though in several of those the two definitions are very closely related), together with mostly very straightforward clues of other types, suitable for those who like an easy start to the week. Thanks to Rufus.

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Azed 2208

Posted by Andrew on 5th October 2014

Andrew.

I thought I was off to a good start with this when I got all four of the long answers around the edges (including 34a by some inspired guesswork). I then polished off the top half pretty quickly, but had a lot more trouble with the bottom, for no particular reason that I can see looking back. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 26,381 – Picaroon

Posted by Andrew on 3rd October 2014

Andrew.

A very entertaining puzzle from Picaroon, where I realised early on what was happening in 10 across (after getting 23/12), but that didn’t make the other thematic phrases any easier to solve. I particularly liked a number of cleverly-concealed definitions: 13a, 4d/24a, 13d, 16d, 18d and 22d among others. Many thanks to Picaroon.

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Guardian 26,374 – Chifonie

Posted by Andrew on 25th September 2014

Andrew.

A typically straightforward puzzle from Chifone, with the usual preponderance of charades. Perhaps a couple of slightly obscure answers, but nothing to delay regular solvers for long.

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Guardian 26,367 – Logodaedalus

Posted by Andrew on 17th September 2014

Andrew.

My hearyt sank rather when I saw the Logodaedalus, as his puzzles tend to be on the excessively easy side (and sometimes with irrelevant rhyming couplets). However, while there were still quite a few write-ins here there were also some clues that held me up a little longer, and the whole thing is generally sound and competent (apart from a couple of quibbles), if not particularly exciting.

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Guardian 26,360 – Nutmeg

Posted by Andrew on 9th September 2014

Andrew.

This was another of those looks-hard-at-first-but-comes-out-nicely-once-you-get-going puzzles, which is just the kind I like, so thanks to Nutmeg for the entertainment.

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Guardian 26,353 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 1st September 2014

Andrew.

Slightly trickier than the average Rufus, I thought, with fewer cryptic definitions than usual, making it seem more like a “normal” puzzle. Thanks to Rufus.

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Guardian Genius 134 – Enigmatist

Posted by Andrew on 31st August 2014

Andrew.

A Genius puzzle by Enigmatist – words to strike fear in a blogger’s heart. Fortunately this turned out to be one of his slightly more merciful offerings, though in traditional style it started out with a mistake in the special instructions – the number of clues that did not indicate one or two letters in the answer was wrongly given.. The “four characters” produced from these are the Three Musketeers ATHOS, PORTHOS and ARAMIS, plus D’ARTAGNAN, and their creator [Alexandre] DUMAS, and they appear in a symmetrical shape in the grid (highighted in the diagram below). The eight unaffected clues are 1, 26 and 30 across, and 2, 6, 18, 24 and 27 down. The added letters are shown like this in the answers below; as usual definitions in the clues are underlined.

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Guardian 26,351 – Qaos

Posted by Andrew on 29th August 2014

Andrew.

I didn’t enjoy this as much as some other Qaos puzzles, as I think there are some dodgy constructions, and a couple of rather weak CDs. However, there are are some great clues too, including two nice &lits.

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Azed 2202 – ‘A Summer Serenade’ (DLM)

Posted by Andrew on 24th August 2014

Andrew.

I’ve never been a great fan of DLM (definition and letter-mixture) puzzles: I tend to find them very hard to get started on, but once even a couple of answers are in it becomes easy to see roughly where the anagrams have to be, and completing the grid is reduced to a rather routine process, without the variety of clue-types that a normal puzzle provides. So it was with this one: after staring at a blank grid for a while I finally spotted TRUG for 31a from “turgescent” (unusual words are a good place to look for anagrams in DLMs), from which I soon got to 13d and 26d, and then was on to the aforementioned routine.

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Guardian 26,344 – Nutmeg

Posted by Andrew on 21st August 2014

Andrew.

I found this a lot easier than some of Nutmeg’s recent offerings in the Cryptic spot; in fact some of the clues seem more in the style of the Quiptic. There seem to be a lot of reversals going on, especially in the downs. All nicely done, though, so an enjoyable, if brief, solve. Thanks to Nutmeg

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Guardian 26,337 – Crucible

Posted by Andrew on 13th August 2014

Andrew.

An enjoyable puzzle from Crucible that wasn’t too hard once I spotted the theme (even though I didn’t get the linking word at 9d until quite late on). A couple of slightly obscure words and tricky constructions, but all clearly and fairly clued. Thanks to Crucible.

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