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Guardian Prize Puzzle 26,232 by Paul

Posted by bridgesong on 19th April 2014

bridgesong.

This puzzle contained a combination of very easy clues with others which were really quite taxing.

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Guardian Cryptic 26237 Imogen

Posted by scchua on 18th April 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.)  This was by no means a write-in, requiring a slow and steady teasing out of some of the answers.  Thanks to Imogen for the workout.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian Cryptic N° 26,236 by Gordius

Posted by PeterO on 17th April 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26236.

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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 26,234 by Arachne

Posted by manehi on 15th April 2014

manehi.

Arachne never disappoints. Hard to single out favourites, but my biggest smiles were from 29ac, 31ac and 8dn…

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Guardian 26,233 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 14th April 2014

Andrew.

Well, we know Rufus has his own style, but with (by my reckoning) 8 cryptic and 8 double definitions I think we can justifiably complain about a lack of clue variety in this puzzle. Some of the CDs seem not very cryptic to me, too. Sorry to be negative – no doubt others will have enjoyed it.

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Guardian Prize Puzzle 26,226 by Philistine

Posted by PeeDee on 12th April 2014

PeeDee.

An entertaining puzzle which took me a while to figure out what was going on.

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Guardian 26,231 – Picaroon

Posted by Andrew on 11th April 2014

Andrew.

As seems to be usual when I solve a Picaroon puzzle, I started off thinking I was going to get nowhere with this one, but slow progress became a bit faster as I gradually filled the answers in. There are a few words that may be unfamilar, but they are fairly and clearly indicated; in general lots of good fun here, with some nice &lits. Thanks to Picaroon.

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Guardian Cryptic 26230 Puck

Posted by scchua on 10th April 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.)  This is the first Puck I am blogging, and fortunately, it’s one of his easier, but no less interesting, ones; solving was helped by getting the mini-theme early on.  Thanks to Puck for the enjoyment.  The mini-theme is based on …

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Guardian Cryptic N° 26,229 by Logodaedalus

Posted by PeterO on 9th April 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26229.

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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 26,227 by Rufus

Posted by manehi on 7th April 2014

manehi.

Enjoyed this, but just wasn’t on the right wavelength for Rufus’s cryptic defs this week, so my last couple in took considerably longer after the rest was done. 27ac was my favourite.

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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 26,225 by Paul

Posted by manehi on 4th April 2014

manehi.

Very entertaining from Paul today, with lots of clever cluing – 9/18ac, 21ac, 26ac, 1dn, 5/7dn and 23/20dn were particular favourites. Not too difficult though, despite some unfamiliar words at 5ac, 14ac and 27ac.

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Guardian 26,224 – Nutmeg

Posted by Andrew on 3rd April 2014

Andrew.

It’s only just over two weeks since I blogged Nutmeg’s last cryptic puzzle (and there’s been a Quiptic in between as well)> I have no complaints about that: this puzzle is a bit easier than the previous one, but still nicely crafted and with some amusing clues. Thanks to Nutmeg.

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