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Guardian Cryptic 26536 Chifonie

Posted by scchua on 3rd April 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.)   A nice puzzle, quite straightforward I thought.  Thanks to Chifonie.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian 26,535 by Imogen

Posted by PeterO on 2nd April 2015

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Guardian 26,534 / Atë

Posted by Eileen on 1st April 2015

Eileen.

In view of the date, I was prepared for perhaps a Qaotic or Puckish puzzle but instead found a potentially daunting ‘new’ setter – Atë. She [sic] is, of course, the goddess of mischief –  ‘hot from Hell’ in ‘Julius Caesar – but ATE also happens to form half of ATELES [google this to see the brilliance of this pseudonym] the duo who produced a stunning puzzle for the FT for John Henderson’s fiftieth birthday. Hmm.

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Guardian 26,533 by Paul

Posted by manehi on 31st March 2015

manehi.

Lovely stuff from Paul, and a couple of new words that went in confidently enough at the end. Favourite 19dn.

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Guardian 26,532 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 30th March 2015

Andrew.

I found this a little harder than usual for Rufus, getting a bit stuck towards the end in the SE corner, perhaps partly because of the unhelpful grid, but also enjoyed it more than some of his puzzles, probably because of the unusually low number of cryptic definitions – only three of them. Thanks to Rufus.

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Guardian 26,525 / Arachne

Posted by mhl on 28th March 2015

mhl.

It looks as if, the way these things turn out, this is the first of Arachne’s puzzles that I’ve written the blog post for since April 2011, which is a great shame. This was a lot of fun to solve, full of wit and inventive clueing as you’d expect. The rubric read:

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Guardian 26,530 – Crucible

Posted by Andrew on 27th March 2015

Andrew.

An enjoyable and reasonably straightforward puzzle, though I made things harder for myself by careless entering a couple of vaguely-plausible but wrong answers early on. Thanks to Crucible

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Guardian 26529 Nutmeg

Posted by scchua on 26th March 2015

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An enjoyable one from Nutmeg, and a pangram no less.  Thanks to Nutmeg.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian 26,528 by Paul

Posted by PeterO on 25th March 2015

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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 26,526 by Rufus

Posted by manehi on 23rd March 2015

manehi.

Good fun from Rufus – I was more on his wavelength for the cryptic defs than usual. Favourite was 5dn.

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Guardian Prize 26,519 by Paul

Posted by bridgesong on 21st March 2015

bridgesong.

A plain, unthemed (unless I’ve missed something) prize puzzle from Paul this week.

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Guardian 26,524 by Boatman

Posted by manehi on 20th March 2015

manehi.

Lots of fun and cleverness today – I enjoyed the neatness of e.g. 7dn, 14dn and my favourite 18dn more than the write in, parse quite a bit later 26ac and 1dn. Thanks to Boatman.

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Guardian 26,523 – Paul

Posted by Andrew on 19th March 2015

Andrew.

I thought I was in a for an easy ride when the first two acrosses were write-ins; things slowed down after that, but I made steady progress and found it a satisfying solve. Perhaps less humour than usual for this setter, but still a solid and enjoyable puzzle – thanks to Paul

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Guardian 26,522 by Pasquale

Posted by flashling on 18th March 2015

flashling.

A somewhat tricky Pasquale, he does like his obscure words doesn’t he?

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