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Guardian 26,428 by Boatman

Posted by manehi on 27th November 2014

manehi.

This was a tricky and sometimes frustrating solve, but with plenty of cleverness to enjoy along the, ahem, way. Quite a few answers were filled in from crossers + definition and parsed afterwards, 4ac was a new word and my last in. Favourites were 19ac/dn, 8dn and 21 dn.

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Guardian 26,427 – Araucaria (and friend)

Posted by Andrew on 26th November 2014

Andrew.

Well, this was a pleasant surprise! When I saw Araucaria’s name on the website I first assumed it must be another Guardian cock-up, but the puzzle itself proved (happily) otherwise.

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Guardian 26,426 / Nutmeg

Posted by Gaufrid on 25th November 2014

Gaufrid.

Nutmeg two days running, now there’s a turn-up for the books. To me this one seemed a little more inventive than yesterday’s Quiptic but not much harder. In fact, subjectively, they both appeared to take about the same amount of time.

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Guardian 26,425 by Rufus

Posted by PeterO on 24th November 2014

PeterO.

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Guardian Prize 26,418 by Picaroon

Posted by PeeDee on 22nd November 2014

PeeDee.

I didn’t enjoy this all that much when I first solved it, but then when I wrote up the blog a few days later I found plenty to enjoy.  I think I must have just been at a bit of a low ebb at the time.  Thanks Picaroon.

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Guardian 26,423 by Enigmatist

Posted by PeterO on 21st November 2014

PeterO.

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Guardian 26,422 / Chifonie

Posted by Eileen on 20th November 2014

Eileen.

The most common epithet used in preambles of Chifonie puzzles appears to be ‘straightforward’ And so it was with this one – the usual blend of nicely-clued charades, insertions and anagrams, with a couple of double definitions thrown in for good measure – apart from one pesky piece of parsing which took longer than the rest of the puzzle put together!

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Guardian 26,421 by Qaos

Posted by manehi on 19th November 2014

manehi.

Plenty to like here, with lots of cunning misdirection and nice surfaces. Most favourite was 29ac.

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Guardian 26420 – Puck

Posted by Andrew on 18th November 2014

Andrew.

It’s been a while since we saw Puck on a weekday, though he has done a couple of prize puzzles since. This was a welcome return, with a fairly tricky puzzle that kept me thinking right up to the end, so thanks to Puck for the entertainment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 26,419 / Rufus

Posted by Gaufrid on 17th November 2014

Gaufrid.

I originally thought this was going to be plain sailing (to use a nautical term so beloved by Rufus) because all but a handful of entries went in rapidly during my first pass through the clues. Of the remaining five, four were entered quickly now that I had the checked letters but one remained stubbornly unsolved – 26ac.

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Guardian Prize 26,412 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 15th November 2014

Eileen.

For a while now we’ve been having a Paul Prize puzzle every other week, apart from the last two weeks. Nevertheless, it was a bit of a surprise to see one today, as we’d had one earlier in the week. No complaints from me, though: I found this very entertaining and enjoyable, with a good variety of clue styles and a few smiles and aha moments to keep the interest going – and just one touch of the characteristic Pauline ribaldry.

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Guardian 26,417 / Paul

Posted by Gaufrid on 14th November 2014

Gaufrid.

I was going to say that this is Paul’s weekly appearance but last week we had him twice within four days so who knows what tomorrow will bring.

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Guardian 26,416 by Tramp

Posted by PeterO on 13th November 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26416.

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Guardian 26,415 / Nutmeg

Posted by Eileen on 12th November 2014

Eileen.

A really elegant and thoroughly enjoyable puzzle from Nutmeg today.

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Guardian 26,414 by Pasquale

Posted by manehi on 11th November 2014

manehi.

On the easy side for Pasquale, but with nice cluing and a few obscure words as usual…

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