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Guardian 26,479 – Brendan

Posted by Andrew on 27th January 2015

Andrew.

A very welcome return by Brendan after an absence of more than six months. I thought this was going to be a walkover after filling in the NW corner very quickly, but things got a little tougher after. Once again I am rather short of time, so please excuse the brief (and in one case incomplete) explanations below.

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Guardian 26,472 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 19th January 2015

Andrew.

I’m short of time this morning, so please excuse the rather brief explanations below. A very Rufus-y Rufus today, with six double and eight (!) cryptic definitions: some of the latter rather obvious, others less so. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 26,470 – Crucible

Posted by Andrew on 16th January 2015

Andrew.

For some reason I found this a bit of a slog while I was solving it, but looking back I see that there’s a nice variety of clues and lots to admire. There are couple of items of “general knowledge” requited that might puzzle non-UK solvers. Thanks to Crucible.

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Guardian 26,463 – Pasquale

Posted by Andrew on 8th January 2015

Andrew.

A tough challenge from Pasquale, with quite a few names in the answers, which with the need for some “general knowledge” and a couple of obscure words might not make this to everyone’s taste. Having got that out of the way, I enjoyed it, so thanks to Pasquale.

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Azed 2220 – Christmas Crackers

Posted by Andrew on 3rd January 2015

Andrew.

In six-and-a-half years of blogging Azed, this is the first time the luck of the draw has brought me a Christmas puzzle. I was a bit apprehensive at the prospect, as some of them have been quite challenging in recent years. However, this one turned out to very much at the opposite end of the spectrum, despite the rather daunting special instructions, and I was surprised to find that I had finished it (apart from a couple of stragglers that needed some Chambers-searching) by about 9.30 on the morning that it was published.

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Guardian 26,456 – Qaos

Posted by Andrew on 31st December 2014

Andrew.

Nothing too troubling in this one, with just one (easily gettable) answer that was new to me. Thanks to Qaos for the entertainment, and Happy New Year to all.

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Guardian 26450 – Enigmatist

Posted by Andrew on 23rd December 2014

Andrew.

Enigmatist’s name is one that always causes a slight feeling of panic when he comes up to be blogged, but I found this puzzle a very gentle one by his standards. I started at something of a sprint in the top left corner, but it wasn’t a complete walkover, as there was some characteristic deviousness, including an unusual meaning of an unusual form of a word at 22d (new to me, but clearly clued). I can’t satisfactorily explain 26a – no doubt someone wll quickly be able to point out the obvious. Thanks to Enigmatist, and Merry Christmas everyone.

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Guardian 26,443 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 15th December 2014

Andrew.

I found this harder than usual for a Rufus, perhaps because of the generous (some might say excessive) number of cryptic (7) and double (5) definitions. The NE corner held was the last to fall. Thanks to Rufus.

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Guardian 26,441 – Qaos

Posted by Andrew on 12th December 2014

Andrew.

Despite a few very obvious clues (e.g. 11a, 19d) I found this a bit of a struggle, though I got there in the end, with 12d (unknown to me) being the last in and needing some searching. Thanks to the setter.

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Guardian 26,434 – Otterden

Posted by Andrew on 4th December 2014

Andrew.

I haven’t been particularly impressed by Otterden’s puzzles in the past, and I’m afraid this one has done nothing to change my opinion. To repeat what I said on a previous occasion, “there are some excessively obvious clues and some rather dodgy constructions”. Even the mini-theme based on 4 down doesn’t seem to add much, though I did like the clue itself.

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Guardian 26,427 – Araucaria (and friend)

Posted by Andrew on 26th November 2014

Andrew.

Well, this was a pleasant surprise! When I saw Araucaria’s name on the website I first assumed it must be another Guardian cock-up, but the puzzle itself proved (happily) otherwise.

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Guardian 26420 – Puck

Posted by Andrew on 18th November 2014

Andrew.

It’s been a while since we saw Puck on a weekday, though he has done a couple of prize puzzles since. This was a welcome return, with a fairly tricky puzzle that kept me thinking right up to the end, so thanks to Puck for the entertainment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 2214 – Jigsaw

Posted by Andrew on 16th November 2014

Andrew.

Azed gives us a jigsaw about every two years, and by the luck of the draw I also blogged the last one. As I said then, my first step with these is to group the clues by the length of the answer (to help with grid-filling), and then there’s nothing for it but to do as much cold-solving as you can: the fact that the answers are in alphabetical order is some help with this.

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Guardian 26,413 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 10th November 2014

Andrew.

I found this very much on the easy side, even by Rufus’s standards, with many clues being immediate write-ins, and no serious hold-ups. Thanks to the setter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 26.411 – Imogen

Posted by Andrew on 7th November 2014

Andrew.

A good Friday challenge from Imogen, with some interesting clue constructions. Only two anagrams (and no partial anags) and no hidden clues, which perhaps explains my initial progress was slow. I thought the two cryptic definitions were a bit weak, but otherwise a great piece of work – thanks to Imogen.

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