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Guardian 26,516 – Vlad

Posted by Andrew on 11th March 2015

Andrew.

Another week, another new setter. Actually Vlad has appeared a couple of times as the setter of the Genius puzzle (including the current one), but I think this is his (?) first appearance in the cryptic slot. As with Screw last week, I wasn’t sure what to expect, and took a long time to get started on this one, and even once I got going it wasn’t an easy task, with some stragglers in the NW corner being the last to fall. So I narrowly escaped impalement – thanks to Vlad, and welcome.

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Guardian 26,515 by Picaroon

Posted by flashling on 10th March 2015

flashling.

Picaroon for me again, a bit wearing in places though.

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Guardian 26,514 by Rufus

Posted by PeterO on 9th March 2015

PeterO.

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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 26,512 by Imogen

Posted by PeterO on 6th March 2015

PeterO.

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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 26,510 by Puck

Posted by manehi on 4th March 2015

manehi.

Found this tough…

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Guardian 26,509 – Screw

Posted by Andrew on 3rd March 2015

Andrew.

A new setter makes his Guardian debut, and a very promising one, with a good variety of sound clues. I found this quite hard, perhaps partly because I didn’t know what to expect, but it all yilded nicely in the end. Thanks to Screw, and welcome.

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Guardian 26,508 by Rufus

Posted by flashling on 2nd March 2015

flashling.

Good morning, as expected a Rufus for a bright and cold Monday here in Suffolk after a wet and windy night.

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Guardian 26,501 / Pasquale

Posted by mhl on 28th February 2015

mhl.

It’s always a pleasure to post about a Pasquale crossword, which for me hasn’t come round in a while. This one had a theme, introduced in this rubric:

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Guardian Cryptic 26506 Picaroon

Posted by scchua on 27th February 2015

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.)   Slow to get started, but the pace quickened towards the finish (maybe it was the late night last night). Thanks to Picaroon for an enjoyable solve. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian 26,505 by Chifonie

Posted by PeterO on 26th February 2015

PeterO.

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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 26,503 by Nutmeg

Posted by manehi on 24th February 2015

manehi.

Lots of fun today from Nutmeg, with plenty of misdirection – favourites were 24ac, 26ac, and 3/25dn.

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Guardian 26,502 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 23rd February 2015

Andrew.

Eleven cryptic definitions out of 26 clues? I think that must be a record, even for a Rufus puzzle; and some of them are rather weak, or otherwise satisfactory, as noted below. So, not to my taste, but others may disagree.

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