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Guardian Cryptic 26447 Philistine

Posted by scchua on 19th December 2014

scchua.

(Work in progress – Please click here for this same blog but with a picture quiz added. Please do NOT post hereinbelow any comment relating to the picture quiz. Thank you.)   Definitely not a write-in, in fact, one to warm up with for the Prize puzzle.  Thanks to Philistine. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian 26,446 by Paul

Posted by PeterO on 18th December 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26446.

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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 26,444 by Brummie

Posted by manehi on 16th December 2014

manehi.

Enjoyed this, getting through most of it quickly before hitting some new words…

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Guardian 26,443 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 15th December 2014

Andrew.

I found this harder than usual for a Rufus, perhaps because of the generous (some might say excessive) number of cryptic (7) and double (5) definitions. The NE corner held was the last to fall. Thanks to Rufus.

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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 26,441 – Qaos

Posted by Andrew on 12th December 2014

Andrew.

Despite a few very obvious clues (e.g. 11a, 19d) I found this a bit of a struggle, though I got there in the end, with 12d (unknown to me) being the last in and needing some searching. Thanks to the setter.

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Guardian Cryptic 26440 Paul

Posted by scchua on 11th December 2014

scchua.

(Please click here for this same blog but with a picture quiz added. Please do NOT post hereinbelow any comment relating to the picture quiz. Thank you.)  An enjoyable puzzle that wasn’t much of a problem, thanks to Paul.   Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian 26,439 by Chifonie

Posted by PeterO on 10th December 2014

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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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Guardian 26,437 by Rufus

Posted by manehi on 8th December 2014

manehi.

A pleasant Monday solve from Rufus. I liked 5ac, 13ac, 27ac and 7dn.

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Guardian 26,430 / Brummie

Posted by mhl on 6th December 2014

mhl.

I think this was the toughest prize puzzle we’ve done in while (admittedly we’re mostly just doing them on blogging weeks at the moment due to lack of time), but a satisfying one with an ingenious and hard-to-spot theme.

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Guardian 26,435 by Crucible

Posted by manehi on 5th December 2014

manehi.

Tricky fun from Crucible today…

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Guardian 26,434 – Otterden

Posted by Andrew on 4th December 2014

Andrew.

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. To repeat what I said on a previous occasion, “there are some excessively obvious clues and some rather dodgy constructions”. Even the mini-theme based on 4 down doesn’t seem to add much, though I did like the clue itself.

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Guardian 26,433 by Imogen

Posted by flashling on 3rd December 2014

flashling.

Well I’m back from a land down under and first up is Imogen, not really the name you want whilst jet lagged.

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