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Guardian Prize Puzzle 26,202 by Paul

Posted by PeeDee on 15th March 2014

PeeDee.

No themes, ninas, pangrams, special instructions or other funny stuff — just a straightforward down-to-earth cryptic.  Thanks Paul, I enjoyed this.

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Guardian Cryptic 26207 Paul

Posted by scchua on 14th March 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.)   This was an enjoyable offering from Paul, with lots of fun teasing out the answers.  Thanks Paul.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian Cryptic N° 26,206 by Philistine

Posted by PeterO on 13th March 2014

PeterO.

The crossword may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26206.

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Guardian 26,205 / Logodaedalus

Posted by Eileen on 12th March 2014

Eileen.

Logodaedalus puzzles appear very rarely – the last one was August last year, which was over eighteen months after the previous one.

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Guardian 26,204 by Orlando

Posted by manehi on 11th March 2014

manehi.

I really enjoyed this, as is usual with Orlando. Lots of clever clues and surfaces – 9ac, 23ac, 4dn, 16dn and 21dn were my favourites.

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Guardian 26,203 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 10th March 2014

Andrew.

Once again a Rufus puzzle that is rather too heavy for my taste on the cryptic definitions (four of them, including a couple that seem barely cryptic) and double defintions (six, plus one triple). As often happens, those types can be hard to crack, but in compensation most of the other clues are very straightforward. Thanks to Rufus.

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Guardian Prize 26,196 / Boatman

Posted by Eileen on 8th March 2014

Eileen.

This felt rather more like a Prize puzzle than some of those we’ve had lately. It certainly took a little bit longer but I’ll resist saying that it caused me no end of trouble. ;-)

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Guardian 26,201 – Tramp

Posted by Andrew on 7th March 2014

Andrew.

I’ve just started working a four-day week as part of a gradual progress to retirement: today is my first non-working weekday of this arrangement, and how better to celebrate it than by blogging a Tramp. I found this one rather harder than some of his puzzles (though no doubt others will say the opposite), with some of the clues taking a while to decipher. I can’t detect any particular theme in this one, though there’s a bit of Paul-ish cheekiness around, but it’s quite possible that I’ve missed something obvious.

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Guardian Cryptic 26200 Imogen

Posted by scchua on 6th March 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.)  Imogen is a new Guardian Cryptic setter. A check of the Guardian archives shows her (him?) having had a Prize puzzle in October 2003 and another last month, both of which I hadn’t attempted. And for me at least, this was more of a Prize puzzle than a weekday one, notwithstanding it’s later in the week. I found this hard going, and had to surrender on the last answer. Thanks to Imogen, and I hope I’ll have better luck with her future puzzles. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian Cryptic N° 26,199 by Chifonie

Posted by PeterO on 5th March 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26199.

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Guardian 26,198 / Qaos

Posted by Eileen on 4th March 2014

Eileen.

I’m a big fan of Qaos’ puzzles. His first cryptic appeared just over two years ago and I blog once a week, yet this is the first of his to fall to me.

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Guardian 26,197 by Rufus

Posted by manehi on 3rd March 2014

manehi.

As expected, plenty of double/cryptic defs and neat surfaces from Rufus, with a few other nice clues thrown in. My favourites were 11ac, 13ac, 8dn and 9dn.

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Guardian 26,190 / Paul

Posted by mhl on 1st March 2014

mhl.

Paul’s crosswords are always a joy, and this was no exception (although I only got to it after Jenny had done most of the puzzle – she says she thought it was pretty typical prize crossword difficulty). Notably this includes one of my favourite clues of this year so far (27 across) and one that I think is really out-of-order (17 down)

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Guardian 26,195 by Paul

Posted by manehi on 28th February 2014

manehi.

Lots of fun, but not Paul at his most difficult even with the longer clues only falling into place late on. I particularly liked 9, 12, and 19/4. 26 was completely new to me.

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Guardian 26,194 – Brummie

Posted by Andrew on 27th February 2014

Andrew.

Looking at previous blogs of Brummie’s puzzles, by myself and others, I find that a common introduction is something like “As is often the case with Brummie, this turned out easier than it appeared at first sight” – and so it was with this one, where after a rather poor showing on my first pass everything started to fall nicely into place. Thanks to Brummie.

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