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Guardian 26,355 / Imogen

Posted by Eileen on 3rd September 2014

Eileen.

I have been looking forward to blogging my first Imogen puzzle and I certainly wasn’t disappointed with this one.

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Guardian 26,354 by Otterden

Posted by manehi on 2nd September 2014

manehi.

All fairly straightforward today, though I’m not a huge fan of the grid with six 3-letter solutions. Favourite clue was 22dn.

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Guardian 26,353 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 1st September 2014

Andrew.

Slightly trickier than the average Rufus, I thought, with fewer cryptic definitions than usual, making it seem more like a “normal” puzzle. Thanks to Rufus.

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Guardian August Bank Holiday Puzzle 26,346 by Maskarade

Posted by PeeDee on 30th August 2014

PeeDee.

An truly epic puzzle – epic to set, epic to solve and an epic to blog.  Thanks Maskarade!

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Guardian 26,351 – Qaos

Posted by Andrew on 29th August 2014

Andrew.

I didn’t enjoy this as much as some other Qaos puzzles, as I think there are some dodgy constructions, and a couple of rather weak CDs. However, there are are some great clues too, including two nice &lits.

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Guardian Cryptic 26350 Pasquale

Posted by scchua on 28th August 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.)   A devilishly difficult one, thanks to Pasquale.  Had to use electronic aids, including the cheat button for one.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian 26,349 by Philistine

Posted by PeterO on 27th August 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26349.

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Guardian 26,348 / Brummie

Posted by Eileen on 26th August 2014

Eileen.

A common theme in preambles to blogs of Brummie puzzles is that they turned out to be less difficult than they first appeared and I could say this yet again.

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Guardian 26,347 by Rufus

Posted by manehi on 25th August 2014

manehi.

Plenty of double and cryptic defs as usual from Rufus. My favourites were 10ac, 2dn, 17dn and 20dn.

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Guardian Prize 26,340 / Picaroon

Posted by Eileen on 23rd August 2014

Eileen.

Now this, from one of my favourite setters, is what I call a Prize puzzle – and I’m not talking about the much-disputed difficulty level. For me, there’s a ‘special’ feel about this: there’s a theme, which, although I latched on to it quite quickly, is so wide-ranging that cracking it did not blow the whole thing wide open too soon: it was great fun to see just how many more applications of the theme word Picaroon could unearth and exploit.

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Guardian 26,345 by Orlando

Posted by manehi on 22nd August 2014

manehi.

Found this trickier towards the end, with the NW holding me up for quite a while – 11ac and 5dn both new to me, and 4ac only remembered vaguely. No complaints with the cluing, which was excellent throughout. My favourites were 10ac, 14dn and 19dn.

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Guardian 26,344 – Nutmeg

Posted by Andrew on 21st August 2014

Andrew.

I found this a lot easier than some of Nutmeg’s recent offerings in the Cryptic spot; in fact some of the clues seem more in the style of the Quiptic. There seem to be a lot of reversals going on, especially in the downs. All nicely done, though, so an enjoyable, if brief, solve. Thanks to Nutmeg

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Guardian 26,343 by Paul

Posted by flashling on 20th August 2014

flashling.

Guardian regular Paul today.

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Guardian 26,342 by Puck

Posted by PeterO on 19th August 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26342.

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Guardian 26,341 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on 18th August 2014

Eileen.

It’s Monday, it’s Rufus, with the usual potpourri of anagrams and double and cryptic definitions – and the characteristic silky-smooth surfaces, with some smiles along the way. Thank you, Rufus, for a pleasant puzzle.

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