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Guardian 26,322 / Paul (26/7/14)

Posted by Gaufrid on 2nd August 2014

Gaufrid.

I didn’t know when solving this puzzle that I was going to be blogging it otherwise I would have made some notes at the time. I only found out several days  later that the scheduled blogger was on holiday with no Internet access and so would be unable to post.

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Guardian Cryptic 26327 Nutmeg

Posted by scchua on 1st 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.)   An early morning wake-up call didn’t do much for me when solving this.  But in the end I did manage to complete with a bit of electronic help.  Thanks to Nutmeg.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian Cryptic N° 26,326 by Enigmatist

Posted by PeterO on 31st July 2014

PeterO.

THe puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26326.

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Guardian 26,325 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 30th July 2014

Eileen.

As Conrad helpfully says, at comment 4,  “Anyone wishing to do this online should use the PDF not the print version. Apart from saying 166 where it means 16 it is fine.”

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Guardian 26,324 by Chifonie

Posted by manehi on 29th July 2014

manehi.

Enjoyable and well-clued as ever from Chifonie – I particularly liked 23ac, as well as the misdirection in 2, 19 and 22dn.

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Guardian 26,323 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 28th July 2014

Andrew.

For some reason I found this harder going than usual for a Rufus, with the bottom half causing the most trouble. The grid doesn’t help: with no answers longer than nine letters it’s more or less split into four separate parts, and there are lots of words with less than 50% checking. Apart from all that, it’s the traditional Rufus fare – thanks to the setter.

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Guardian Prize 26,316 / Crucible

Posted by Eileen on 26th July 2014

Eileen.

I’m always delighted to see Crucible’s name on a puzzle, especially when I’m down to blog it. I’m always delighted to see Crucible’s name on a puzzle, especially when it’s a Prize.  So – double delight!

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Guardian 26,321 – Tramp

Posted by Andrew on 25th July 2014

Andrew.

It’s always a pleasure to see Tramp’s name on a puzzle, but I was worried when I found it took me a while to make any progress. Fortunately I managed it in the end, albeit at a rather slow pace.

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Guardian Cryptic 26320 Puck

Posted by scchua on 24th July 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.)   There’s a nina in the grid, which helped me in solving the last couple of ones in. Thanks to Puck. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian Cryptic N° 26,319 by Qaos

Posted by PeterO on 23rd July 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26319.

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Guardian 26,318 / Shed

Posted by Eileen on 22nd July 2014

Eileen.

A friendly grid and impeccable cluing, as ever from this setter, are a great help with several less familiar words in this puzzle from Shed, who, for me, doesn’t appear often enough.

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Guardian 26,317 by Rufus

Posted by manehi on 21st July 2014

manehi.

Good stuff from Rufus today, with the usual cryptic/double defs and nautical references. I particularly liked the definitions in 13ac, 25ac, 16dn and 17dn.

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Guardian 26,310 / Philistine

Posted by mhl on 19th July 2014

mhl.

We found this quite hard – generally inventive and enjoyable, although there were a few clues that let it down for me. I’ve mentioned those below, but there were some stand-out excellent clues too, e.g. 15d (POLITBURO), 3d (KNOWLEDGE), 12a (ART SCHOOL), 9a (EXPLOITED), 26a (WHODUNNIT) and 17a (DRONES). 8d (CHELSEA TRACTOR) made me laugh, although the surface reading lets it down a bit, I think.

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Guardian 26,315 by Picaroon

Posted by manehi on 18th July 2014

manehi.

Not easy, even with the (excellent) long clues falling quite early on, and a lot to like. I could mention almost every clue – lots of deceptive surfaces and definitions, and clever little tricks. Top three favourites: 27ac, 4dn and possibly 20dn…

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Guardian 26,314 – Boatman

Posted by Andrew on 17th July 2014

Andrew.

A strange mixture of clues from Boatman today – some very obvious from either defintion or wordplay, some a lot trickier, an outrageous lift-and-separate that I’m not at all keen on but I’m sure others will like. There’s usually a theme of some kind in Boatman’s puzzles, and here many of the clues, and some answers, involve the idea of speed in some way. There are a couple of places where I think the cryptic grammar doesn’t quite work, and two clues that I can’t fully explain (20a and 29d) – suggestions welcome. Thanks for Boatman for the varied entertainment.

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