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Guardian 26,527 / Picaroon

Posted by Eileen on 24th March 2015

Eileen.

A Tuesday treat from one of my top favourite setters, brimming with a variety of the usual top-quality clues with great surfaces. I thought it was relatively straightforward – but Picaroon’s puzzles worryingly often have a theme and I haven’t spotted one. [I did think I might be onto something when I got to 1dn but I don’t think so.]

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Guardian 26,520 / Chifonie

Posted by Eileen on 16th March 2015

Eileen.

A change from Rufus on a Monday but a similar mix of anagrams and charades – no cryptic definitions, though, which will be a relief to some. Nothing too tricky, I think, but a nicely-clued puzzle, with pleasing surfaces, to fill the bill of easing us into the week. Thanks to Chifonie.

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Guardian 26,518 / Qaos

Posted by Eileen on 13th March 2015

Eileen.

It’s been a most remarkable week for crosswords and we end it with one by another of my favourite setters, sparkling with his customary wit and ingenuity. I seemed to be typing ‘anagram’ rather a lot when blogging – an observation, not a complaint, as there are some very clever ones here.

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Guardian Prize 26,507 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 7th March 2015

Eileen.

This was one of those puzzles which, at first glance, with all the cross-references, cause the heart to sink a little and, at first glance, the two XXs looked a little daunting, too – but, in fact, the ingenious theme clue at 15,22 fell pretty quickly and the rest unravelled quite steadily and without too much bother. This is Paul in squeaky-clean mode – although 18dn conjures up an interesting picture. ;-)

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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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