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Guardian 26,235 / Shed

Posted by Eileen on 16th April 2014

Eileen.

I don’t think there will be so many ‘too easy’ protests today but there might be some complaints about unusual words. In fact, however, this puzzle turned out to be less frightening than it first appeared, as the cluing was absolutely impeccable and led unerringly to the less familiar entries. I used Google only to confirm my answers and to find links and I thoroughly enjoyed my learning experience.

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Guardian 26,228 / Crucible

Posted by Eileen on 8th April 2014

Eileen.

It’s a while since we had a puzzle from Crucible*, one of my favourite setters, and I see that it’s well over a year since I blogged one of his, so I was particularly delighted to get this one – and even more so when I got into it and found that, as so often with this setter, the theme was right up my street. The whole puzzle is suffused, in clues and / or answers, with a wide variety of music, so I had some enjoyable things to listen to while I solved the puzzle. The cluing is, as usual, witty and ingenious throughout, with some lovely surfaces and clever definitions and wordplay. There are quite a few neat anagrams to help things along, with some inventive indicators. [Too many favourites to highlight.]

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Guardian Prize 26,220 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 5th April 2014

Eileen.

I really enjoyed this. It all went in without any problems but with lots of entertainment and smiles along the way, with a mini-theme to help keep things going.

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Guardian 26,221 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on 31st March 2014

Eileen.

Thanks to Rufus for a characteristic potpourri of anagrams and double and cryptic definitions to start the week.

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Guardian 26,219 / Pasquale

Posted by Eileen on 28th March 2014

Eileen.

The special instructions tell us that all across solutions share a common theme, not further defined. This may prompt the usual comments that such puzzles turn out to be a write-in for the initiated and / or a chore for the less well informed.

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Guardian 26,212 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 20th March 2014

Eileen.

An entertaining puzzle from Paul – reasonably straightforward, I think, with some ingenious constructions and several smiles to help things along. Many thanks to him.

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Guardian 26,205 / Logodaedalus

Posted by Eileen on 12th March 2014

Eileen.

Logodaedalus puzzles appear very rarely – the last one was August last year, which was over eighteen months after the previous one.

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Guardian Prize 26,196 / Boatman

Posted by Eileen on 8th March 2014

Eileen.

This felt rather more like a Prize puzzle than some of those we’ve had lately. It certainly took a little bit longer but I’ll resist saying that it caused me no end of trouble. ;-)

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Guardian 26,198 / Qaos

Posted by Eileen on 4th March 2014

Eileen.

I’m a big fan of Qaos’ puzzles. His first cryptic appeared just over two years ago and I blog once a week, yet this is the first of his to fall to me.

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Guardian 26,191 / Brendan

Posted by Eileen on 24th February 2014

Eileen.

It’s a long time since we had a Rufusless Monday: December 9th was the last time Brendan was called up from the bench.

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Guardian 26,189 / Philistine

Posted by Eileen on 21st February 2014

Eileen.

I have  commented a couple of times already on what a good week we’ve been having for puzzles – not only in the Guardian – and to round it off with one from Philistine couldn’t be better, as far as I’m concerned. We’ve been challenged in different ways by a wide variety of styles in the last few days. There’s nothing too taxing here, I think, and no obscure words, but we have the wit, elegance and lightness of touch that we’ve come to expect from this setter.

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Guardian 26,182 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 13th February 2014

Eileen.

Paul on top form, though not at his most difficult – a very enjoyable puzzle, with some very clever and well-hidden anagrams and several examples of the quirky cluing that we expect from him. Many thanks to him for putting me in a good mood to start  the day.

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Guardian Prize 26,172 / Philistine

Posted by Eileen on 8th February 2014

Eileen.

I’m a great fan of Philistine’s puzzles, so was delighted to see his name on this one and really enjoyed the solve.

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Guardian 26,175 / Brummie

Posted by Eileen on 5th February 2014

Eileen.

As is often the case with Brummie’s puzzles, this one turned out to be not so tricky as it looked at first sight. Getting the long answers early on was a big help.

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Guardian 26,168 / Gordius

Posted by Eileen on 28th January 2014

Eileen.

Regular readers will know that seeing Gordius’ name on a puzzle does not make my heart leap and this did little, for me, to lift the gloom of a wet morning.

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