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Guardian 26,511 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 5th March 2015

Eileen.

Lots of chuckles and a touch of déjà vu in a most enjoyable puzzle. Favourite clues: 1, 12,  20,18ac and 16dn.

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Guardian 26,504 / Brummie

Posted by Eileen on 25th February 2015

Eileen.

I enjoyed solving this one. As one who delights in witty, story-telling surfaces, I’ve sometimes despaired of some of Brummie’s but there are some really interesting pictures conjured up by some of these! There are one or two less familiar words but immaculately clued, so no problem.

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Guardian 26,497 / Brendan

Posted by Eileen on 17th February 2015

Eileen.

It’s very good to see a Brendan puzzle again, relatively soon after his welcome return.

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Guardian 26,490 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on 9th February 2015

Eileen.

Don’t worry – this is not a complete take-over of the Guardian blogging slot: because of the way the rota works, my monthly Prize blog coincided with the overlap of the weekly ones, which is why you’ve had me three times running.

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Guardian Prize 26,483 / Philistine

Posted by Eileen on 6th February 2015

Eileen.

The first Philistine puzzle this year and it’s many months since I got to blog one, so this was a real treat for me.

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Guardian 26,488 / Brummie

Posted by Eileen on 6th February 2015

Eileen.

I didn’t know what to expect after a quite remarkable week of puzzles, so, before I went to bed, I sneaked a look at the Guardian website to see who awaited me in the morning. Brummie! – so I then peeped at the 15² archive to refresh my memory re recent puzzles and was reminded that the most recent ones had been themed around the Gormenghast books and Woody Allen films. ‘Oh dear’, I thought, and went to bed to [try to] sleep before my paper arrived in the morning – always so much more comforting to solve in the paper than on a print-out!

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Guardian 26,481 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 29th January 2015

Eileen.

A mixture of some very succinct / straightforward clues [the last three, for instance] which wouldn’t be out of place in a Rufus puzzle, and others which  were typically Pauline ones, in construction and / or  wordplay, making, for me, a most enjoyable solve. Thank you, Paul.

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Guardian 26,474 / Otterden

Posted by Eileen on 21st January 2015

Eileen.

I’m going to echo Andrew’s preamble to his blog of the most recent Otterden puzzle: ‘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’ . My own comment on the one before that was that I was ‘still not warming to his style’, which, I’m afraid, still holds true.

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Guardian 26,467 / Nutmeg

Posted by Eileen on 13th January 2015

Eileen.

I see that in the preamble to my last blog of a Nutmeg puzzle I referred to the elegance of the clues, the silky smoothness of the surfaces and the lightness of touch. Here’s more of the same. Favourite clues from a nicely varied set: 11, 14 and 18ac and 6, 13 and 19dn.

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Guardian prize 26,459 / Puck

Posted by Eileen on 10th January 2015

Eileen.

What a treat to get a Puck puzzle for my first Prize blog of the new year!

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Guardian 26,460 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on 5th January 2015

Eileen.

Apologies for the late appearance of the blog – I managed to delete it on the point of posting.

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Guardian 26,458 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 2nd January 2015

Eileen.

A pretty straightforward offering from Paul this morning but several clues raised a wry smile. Thanks, Paul – I enjoyed it.

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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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