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Guardian 26,437 by Rufus

Posted by manehi on 8th December 2014

manehi.

A pleasant Monday solve from Rufus. I liked 5ac, 13ac, 27ac and 7dn.

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Guardian 26,430 / Brummie

Posted by mhl on 6th December 2014

mhl.

I think this was the toughest prize puzzle we’ve done in while (admittedly we’re mostly just doing them on blogging weeks at the moment due to lack of time), but a satisfying one with an ingenious and hard-to-spot theme.

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Guardian 26,435 by Crucible

Posted by manehi on 5th December 2014

manehi.

Tricky fun from Crucible today…

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Guardian 26,434 – Otterden

Posted by Andrew on 4th December 2014

Andrew.

I haven’t been particularly impressed by Otterden’s puzzles in the past, and I’m afraid this one has done nothing to change my opinion. To repeat what I said on a previous occasion, “there are some excessively obvious clues and some rather dodgy constructions”. Even the mini-theme based on 4 down doesn’t seem to add much, though I did like the clue itself.

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Guardian 26,433 by Imogen

Posted by flashling on 3rd December 2014

flashling.

Well I’m back from a land down under and first up is Imogen, not really the name you want whilst jet lagged.

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Guardian 26,432 by Picaroon

Posted by PeterO on 2nd December 2014

PeterO.

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Guardian 26,431 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on 1st December 2014

Eileen.

A fairly typical Rufus puzzle, with the accustomed mix of anagrams and double and cryptic definitions [a couple of which I found a bit puzzling]. Thanks to him for a genial start to the week – and month.

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Guardian Prize 26,424 by Paul

Posted by bridgesong on 29th November 2014

bridgesong.

Thanks, Paul for an enjoyable and topical prize puzzle that was characteristically witty (but no lavatory humour this week!).

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Guardian 26,429 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 28th November 2014

Eileen.

I really enjoyed this puzzle, which turned out to be more straightforward than it looked at first, because the long answers went in almost immediately, from the enumerations. Parsing them was fun, though, and there were lots of smiles and ‘ahas’ of admiration at clever cluing and story-telling surfaces along the way. Thanks, Paul.

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Guardian 26,428 by Boatman

Posted by manehi on 27th November 2014

manehi.

This was a tricky and sometimes frustrating solve, but with plenty of cleverness to enjoy along the, ahem, way. Quite a few answers were filled in from crossers + definition and parsed afterwards, 4ac was a new word and my last in. Favourites were 19ac/dn, 8dn and 21 dn.

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Guardian 26,427 – Araucaria (and friend)

Posted by Andrew on 26th November 2014

Andrew.

Well, this was a pleasant surprise! When I saw Araucaria’s name on the website I first assumed it must be another Guardian cock-up, but the puzzle itself proved (happily) otherwise.

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Guardian 26,426 / Nutmeg

Posted by Gaufrid on 25th November 2014

Gaufrid.

Nutmeg two days running, now there’s a turn-up for the books. To me this one seemed a little more inventive than yesterday’s Quiptic but not much harder. In fact, subjectively, they both appeared to take about the same amount of time.

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Guardian 26,425 by Rufus

Posted by PeterO on 24th November 2014

PeterO.

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Guardian Prize 26,418 by Picaroon

Posted by PeeDee on 22nd November 2014

PeeDee.

I didn’t enjoy this all that much when I first solved it, but then when I wrote up the blog a few days later I found plenty to enjoy.  I think I must have just been at a bit of a low ebb at the time.  Thanks Picaroon.

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Guardian 26,423 by Enigmatist

Posted by PeterO on 21st November 2014

PeterO.

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