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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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Guardian Prize 26,364 / Crucible

Posted by Eileen on 20th September 2014

Eileen.

I loved every minute of this puzzle but for me it was over far too quickly – because I was enjoying it so much. I would never say a puzzle was ‘too easy’ – I was just on the wavelength for this one and the theme was very congenial and so it didn’t present any problems.

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Guardian 26,369 / Boatman

Posted by Eileen on 19th September 2014

Eileen.

An enjoyable puzzle from Boatman – but not really one to have solved and blogged before breakfast! There’s a good variety of clue types and generally smooth surfaces and a few smiles and ahas to add spice.

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Guardian 26,362 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 11th September 2014

Eileen.

A pretty easy-going puzzle from Paul on his [almost] best behaviour. Nicely-constructed, witty clues, with no obscurities – an enjoyable solve. Thanks, Paul.

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Guardian 26,355 / Imogen

Posted by Eileen on 3rd September 2014

Eileen.

I have been looking forward to blogging my first Imogen puzzle and I certainly wasn’t disappointed with this one.

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Guardian 26,348 / Brummie

Posted by Eileen on 26th August 2014

Eileen.

A common theme in preambles to blogs of Brummie puzzles is that they turned out to be less difficult than they first appeared and I could say this yet again.

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Guardian Prize 26,340 / Picaroon

Posted by Eileen on 23rd August 2014

Eileen.

Now this, from one of my favourite setters, is what I call a Prize puzzle – and I’m not talking about the much-disputed difficulty level. For me, there’s a ‘special’ feel about this: there’s a theme, which, although I latched on to it quite quickly, is so wide-ranging that cracking it did not blow the whole thing wide open too soon: it was great fun to see just how many more applications of the theme word Picaroon could unearth and exploit.

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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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