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Guardian 26,445 / Tramp

Posted by Eileen on 17th December 2014

Eileen.

I’m always very happy to see Tramp’s name on a puzzle that I’m down to blog but I admit to being a bit daunted when I saw the proper nouns in the clues here [having felt lucky yesterday that it was not my turn to blog, as the theme went right over my head]. However, as usual with Tramp, the answers lie in clever and ingenious wordplay [notable examples in 1ac and 9,24] and it’s perfectly possible to solve the puzzle in almost complete ignorance of the imagined ‘theme’, although a little research reveals nuggets of information that provide some ‘aha’ moments.

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Guardian Prize 26,436 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 12th December 2014

Eileen.

An enjoyable puzzle from Paul, with some typical Pauline clues – and this time I’m not talking risqué. I found it pretty straightforward, apart from the parsing of 16dn, which took about as long as solving the whole puzzle: there was a big clang – and groan – when the penny dropped.

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Guardian 26,438 / Puck

Posted by Eileen on 9th December 2014

Eileen.

I count myself fortunate to have drawn a Puck puzzle to blog. There is some very inventive and whimsical cluing here, along with lovely story-telling surfaces, as usual with this setter, leading to lots of smiles and ‘ahas’ and a very entertaining and enjoyable solve.

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Guardian 26,431 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on 1st December 2014

Eileen.

A fairly typical Rufus puzzle, with the accustomed mix of anagrams and double and cryptic definitions [a couple of which I found a bit puzzling]. Thanks to him for a genial start to the week – and month.

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Guardian 26,429 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 28th November 2014

Eileen.

I really enjoyed this puzzle, which turned out to be more straightforward than it looked at first, because the long answers went in almost immediately, from the enumerations. Parsing them was fun, though, and there were lots of smiles and ‘ahas’ of admiration at clever cluing and story-telling surfaces along the way. Thanks, Paul.

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Guardian 26,422 / Chifonie

Posted by Eileen on 20th November 2014

Eileen.

The most common epithet used in preambles of Chifonie puzzles appears to be ‘straightforward’ And so it was with this one – the usual blend of nicely-clued charades, insertions and anagrams, with a couple of double definitions thrown in for good measure – apart from one pesky piece of parsing which took longer than the rest of the puzzle put together!

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Guardian Prize 26,412 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 15th November 2014

Eileen.

For a while now we’ve been having a Paul Prize puzzle every other week, apart from the last two weeks. Nevertheless, it was a bit of a surprise to see one today, as we’d had one earlier in the week. No complaints from me, though: I found this very entertaining and enjoyable, with a good variety of clue styles and a few smiles and aha moments to keep the interest going – and just one touch of the characteristic Pauline ribaldry.

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Guardian 26,415 / Nutmeg

Posted by Eileen on 12th November 2014

Eileen.

A really elegant and thoroughly enjoyable puzzle from Nutmeg today.

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Guardian 26,408 / Otterden

Posted by Eileen on 4th November 2014

Eileen.

Thanks to Gaufrid for standing in for me last week.

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Guardian 26,399 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 24th October 2014

Eileen.

A pretty straightforward but very enjoyable puzzle from Paul.

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Guardian Prize 26,388 / Imogen

Posted by Eileen on 17th October 2014

Eileen.

I’ve enjoyed Imogen’s puzzles since they’ve appeared monthly since February and so I was pleased to get this one to blog.

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Guardian 26,392 / Brummie

Posted by Eileen on 16th October 2014

Eileen.

An enjoyable puzzle from Brummie this morning, with a variety of clue types and a variety of general knowledge needed.

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Guardian 26,385 / Tramp

Posted by Eileen on 8th October 2014

Eileen.

Seeing Tramp’s name under the puzzle is guaranteed to brighten up a dull morning!

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Guardian 26,378 / Shed

Posted by Eileen on 30th September 2014

Eileen.

A welcome return appearance from Shed. I was lucky enough to blog his last puzzle, a couple of months ago, and said then that we don’t see enough of him.

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Guardian 26,371 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on 22nd September 2014

Eileen.

A bit of a mixture from Rufus today – mostly straightforward but one or two [22ac, 23dn] needed a bit more thought. As usual, a number of double and cryptic definitions – but only two anagrams [surely a record?]. Characteristically smooth and witty surfaces throughout – many thanks, Rufus

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