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Guardian 26,563 by Nutmeg

Posted by manehi on 5th May 2015

manehi.

Found this quite tricky in parts, and very enjoyable – favourite was 13dn.

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Guardian 26,562 / Chifonie

Posted by Andrew on 4th May 2015

Andrew.

Rufus gets a Bank Holiday break and Chifonie steps in from the bench, with a typically straightforward but elegant and well-constructed puzzle. Thanks to Chifonie.

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Guardian Prize 26,555 / Picaroon

Posted by Eileen on 2nd May 2015

Eileen.

Quite a few people in Cambridge last Saturday had done this puzzle on the way to the S and B and were remarking on how enjoyable it was. I deliberately left it at home, because, when I’m blogging, I  like to solve and blog in one go but it was nice knowing I had a treat in store for Sunday afternoon.

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Guardian 26,560 – Crucible

Posted by Andrew on 1st May 2015

Andrew.

I got off to a quick start in the NW corner, but then slowed down somewhat, even with the help of the useful 4d.

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Guardian Cryptic 26559 Paul

Posted by scchua on 30th 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 fun crossword with nice misdirections, and surfaces. A sort of Paulesque mini-thread ties 5, 8, 24, 14, 16, 1down, 15,  9 and part of 6, or perhaps I’m reading too much into it. Thanks to Paul. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian 26,558 by Otterden

Posted by PeterO on 29th April 2015

PeterO.

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Guardian 26,557 / Screw

Posted by Eileen on 28th April 2015

Eileen.

I had it on good authority – from the horse’s mouth, as it were –  in Cambridge on Saturday, that today would see Screw’s second puzzle. When I realised that it was my blog, my initial delight was tinged with a certain apprehension – not entirely unfounded, as it turned out.

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Guardian 26,556 by Rufus

Posted by manehi on 27th April 2015

manehi.

A nice start to the week from Rufus – I especially liked 1ac, 14dn and my favourite 25ac.

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Guardian 26,549 / Enigmatist

Posted by mhl on 25th April 2015

mhl.

As usual with Enigmatist’s crosswords, I found this very difficult. Fortunately my colleague Abi kindly helped out in the middle of the week and with her help we both finished it. Anyway, with the exception of a couple of clues mentioned below, I thought that the cluing here was brilliant – lots of laugh-out-loud “a-ha!” moments, and excellent surface readings. The construction is very impressive as well, given the common theme of every across clue.

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Guardian 26,554 by Paul

Posted by manehi on 24th April 2015

manehi.

Struggled with this, but enjoyed it…

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Guardian 26,553 – Puck

Posted by Andrew on 23rd April 2015

Andrew.

Some good Puckish fun, with a theme explained by one clue: I solved this one early on, and it was quite a help in getting some of the other answers. Thanks to Puck, and I look forward to seeing some of you in Cambridge on Saturday.

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Guardian 26,552 by Bonxie

Posted by flashling on 22nd April 2015

flashling.

Bonxie, cor, not seen that name in many a month.

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Guardian 26,551 by Brummie

Posted by PeterO on 21st April 2015

PeterO.

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Guardian 26,550 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on 20th April 2015

Eileen.

I found this a bit tougher than the usual Rufus and enjoyed unravelling it. Nice clues at 13 and 18ac and 4, 15, 20 and 22dn. Thank you, Rufus.

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Guardian Prize 26,543 by Paul

Posted by bridgesong on 18th April 2015

bridgesong.

A very straightforward prize puzzle from Paul this week, with two mini-themes.

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