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Guardian 26,341 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on 18th August 2014

Eileen.

It’s Monday, it’s Rufus, with the usual potpourri of anagrams and double and cryptic definitions – and the characteristic silky-smooth surfaces, with some smiles along the way. Thank you, Rufus, for a pleasant puzzle.

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Guardian 26,339 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 15th August 2014

Eileen.

I’m going to repeat what I said in the preamble to my last blog of a Paul puzzle, a couple of weeks ago – that it was a bit of a mixture, with some clues that wouldn’t seem out of place in a Rufus puzzle [today, for example, 13ac, 23ac, 26ac, 5dn, 15dn, 18dn, 19dn] while others are unmistakably Paul [3,24 and 10dn].

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Guardian 26,332 / Tramp

Posted by Eileen on 7th August 2014

Eileen.

I’d almost given up hope of blogging another Tramp puzzle, as it’s over a year since my last one. This one was, as expected, well worth waiting for.

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Guardian 26,325 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 30th July 2014

Eileen.

As Conrad helpfully says, at comment 4,  “Anyone wishing to do this online should use the PDF not the print version. Apart from saying 166 where it means 16 it is fine.”

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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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