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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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Guardian 26,313 by Paul

Posted by flashling on 16th July 2014

flashling.

Well its Paul so we expect a bit of rudeness and lots of playful word play.

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Guardian Cryptic N° 26,312 by Pasquale

Posted by PeterO on 15th July 2014

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The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26312.

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Guardian 26,311 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on 14th July 2014

Eileen.

Another fairly typical Monday 5dn of nifty anagrams and double and cryptic [some more than others] definitions, with, characteristically, some nautical terms for good measure. Thank you, Rufus, for a pleasant start to my birthday.

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Guardian Prize Puzzle 26,304 by Paul

Posted by bridgesong on 12th July 2014

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A Parliamentary theme for this week’s prize puzzle, with references to current Parliamentarians from the three major parties in England.

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Guardian 26,309 / Puck

Posted by Eileen on 11th July 2014

Eileen.

I’m used to being delightfully led up the garden path by Puck and this time he did it good and proper – a real double bluff, as far as I ‘m concerned.

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Guardian 26,308 by Paul

Posted by manehi on 10th July 2014

manehi.

Got into this quickly, then got a little stuck on the last few. Lots of nice (and typically Paul) clues – my favourite might be 24dn.

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Guardian 26,307 – Imogen

Posted by Andrew on 9th July 2014

Andrew.

Perhaps a controversial theme in this one … Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 26,306 by Chifonie

Posted by flashling on 8th July 2014

flashling.

So after yesterday’s Brendan theme filled fun, we have a Chifonie, who has some surfaces to rival Dac’s in another place.

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Guardian Cryptic No. 26,305 by Brendan

Posted by PeterO on 7th July 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26305.

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