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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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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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