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Guardian Prize 26,316 / Crucible

Posted by Eileen on 26th July 2014

Eileen.

I’m always delighted to see Crucible’s name on a puzzle, especially when I’m down to blog it. I’m always delighted to see Crucible’s name on a puzzle, especially when it’s a Prize.  So – double delight!

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Guardian 26,318 / Shed

Posted by Eileen on 22nd July 2014

Eileen.

A friendly grid and impeccable cluing, as ever from this setter, are a great help with several less familiar words in this puzzle from Shed, who, for me, doesn’t appear often enough.

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Guardian 26,311 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on 14th July 2014

Eileen.

Another fairly typical Monday 5dn of nifty anagrams and double and cryptic [some more than others] definitions, with, characteristically, some nautical terms for good measure. Thank you, Rufus, for a pleasant start to my birthday.

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Guardian 26,309 / Puck

Posted by Eileen on 11th July 2014

Eileen.

I’m used to being delightfully led up the garden path by Puck and this time he did it good and proper – a real double bluff, as far as I ‘m concerned.

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Guardian 26,302 / Chifonie

Posted by Eileen on 3rd July 2014

Eileen.

I’ve been chewing my pen, as it were, trying to compose a preamble for this puzzle and have decided to say simply that it’s a fairly typical Chifonie puzzle, I think – but, sticking my neck out, one perhaps more suited to the Quiptic slot.

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Guardian 26,292 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 28th June 2014

Eileen.

There was a lot of fun to be had in this puzzle – a mixture of pretty straightforward clues  [eg 12ac, 27ac, 1dn, 17dn], together with a number of anagrams to help things along and then some characteristically playful and ingenious devices at 19dn, 14ac and 6dn. I thoroughly enjoyed it – many thanks to Paul.

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Guardian 26,295 / Pasquale

Posted by Eileen on 25th June 2014

Eileen.

A combination of some very straightforward clues [eg 5ac, 16ac, 24ac, 4dn], a number of anagrams, including two excellent ones, and, unusually for Pasquale, only one word, I think, that could be called at all out of the ordinary. Some nice surfaces, too. Thanks, Pasquale, for the puzzle.

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Guardian 26,288 / Qaos

Posted by Eileen on 17th June 2014

Eileen.

A sunny morning made sunnier on seeing Qaos’ name on the puzzle I was down to blog.

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Guardian 26,281 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on 9th June 2014

Eileen.

A fairly typical Rufus puzzle, with a number of neat anagrams and double definitions – though rather fewer cryptic definitions today. A couple of the double definitions are rather close in meaning but there are some nice clues at 1ac, 5ac, 23ac, 4dn, 18dn and 21dn – and a pretty poor one, I’m afraid, at 22dn. The surfaces, as always, are elegant throughout. Thank you, Rufus – I enjoyed it.

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Guardian 26,279 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 6th June 2014

Eileen.

I haven’t been able to detect any encrypted references to the D-day landings  but, as ever, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. Here is Paul in Mr Clean mode, with a puzzle that I found very entertaining and enjoyable. Many thanks to him.

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Guardian Prize 26,268 / Brummie

Posted by Eileen on 31st May 2014

Eileen.

The special instructions were similar to those of the previous Saturday’s Prize puzzle: ‘eight clues lack a definition; their solutions are of a kind’.

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Guardian 26,272 / Boatman

Posted by Eileen on 29th May 2014

Eileen.

This is my third Boatman blog in a row and I’m not complaining. Last time, I said he had led me a merry dance and I’d had a ball but I shall refrain from making any corny comments on the theme today. I thought some of the clues were rather strained in order to accommodate it – but I think I’m probably just feeling a bit grumpy because I still can’t see how a couple of them work. Thanks to Boatman for what was generally an enjoyable puzzle.

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Guardian 26,265 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 21st May 2014

Eileen.

I started solving this puzzle before breakfast but had to break off and go and have some! Nothing too taxing but lots of fun and some lovely clues. Many thanks, Paul

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Guardian 26,258 / Philistine

Posted by Eileen on 13th May 2014

Eileen.

After the superb Indy puzzle from Morph yesterday, I was prepared for a bit of a let-down to solve and blog today, so I was even more than usually delighted to find Philistine’s name on this one, as he is one of my top favourite setters – and this was in no way a disappointment.  As so often, it became pointless to pick out favourite clues – many thanks, Philistine, for a great start to the day.

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Guardian 26,251 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on 5th May 2014

Eileen.

The familiar Monday Rufus mix of anagrams and double and cryptic definitions – perhaps rather more of the latter than usual.

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