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Guardian 26,348 / Brummie

Posted by Eileen on 26th August 2014

Eileen.

A common theme in preambles to blogs of Brummie puzzles is that they turned out to be less difficult than they first appeared and I could say this yet again.

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Guardian 26,347 by Rufus

Posted by manehi on 25th August 2014

manehi.

Plenty of double and cryptic defs as usual from Rufus. My favourites were 10ac, 2dn, 17dn and 20dn.

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Guardian Prize 26,340 / Picaroon

Posted by Eileen on 23rd August 2014

Eileen.

Now this, from one of my favourite setters, is what I call a Prize puzzle – and I’m not talking about the much-disputed difficulty level. For me, there’s a ‘special’ feel about this: there’s a theme, which, although I latched on to it quite quickly, is so wide-ranging that cracking it did not blow the whole thing wide open too soon: it was great fun to see just how many more applications of the theme word Picaroon could unearth and exploit.

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Guardian 26,345 by Orlando

Posted by manehi on 22nd August 2014

manehi.

Found this trickier towards the end, with the NW holding me up for quite a while – 11ac and 5dn both new to me, and 4ac only remembered vaguely. No complaints with the cluing, which was excellent throughout. My favourites were 10ac, 14dn and 19dn.

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Guardian 26,344 – Nutmeg

Posted by Andrew on 21st August 2014

Andrew.

I found this a lot easier than some of Nutmeg’s recent offerings in the Cryptic spot; in fact some of the clues seem more in the style of the Quiptic. There seem to be a lot of reversals going on, especially in the downs. All nicely done, though, so an enjoyable, if brief, solve. Thanks to Nutmeg

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Guardian 26,343 by Paul

Posted by flashling on 20th August 2014

flashling.

Guardian regular Paul today.

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Guardian 26,342 by Puck

Posted by PeterO on 19th August 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26342.

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Guardian 26,341 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on 18th August 2014

Eileen.

It’s Monday, it’s Rufus, with the usual potpourri of anagrams and double and cryptic definitions – and the characteristic silky-smooth surfaces, with some smiles along the way. Thank you, Rufus, for a pleasant puzzle.

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Guardian 26,334 / Paul

Posted by mhl on 16th August 2014

mhl.

As ever a very entertaining crossword from Paul. This wasn’t a difficult solve, but great fun. My favourite clues were 23a,26a and 13a, which are both excellent. The only slight oddity here was having both DANCER and DANCE in the grid at the end, since there are several reasonable alternatives for D_N_E.

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Guardian 26,339 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 15th August 2014

Eileen.

I’m going to repeat what I said in the preamble to my last blog of a Paul puzzle, a couple of weeks ago – that it was a bit of a mixture, with some clues that wouldn’t seem out of place in a Rufus puzzle [today, for example, 13ac, 23ac, 26ac, 5dn, 15dn, 18dn, 19dn] while others are unmistakably Paul [3,24 and 10dn].

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Guardian 26,338 by Brummie

Posted by manehi on 14th August 2014

manehi.

Found this very difficult, and in the end had to guess-then-Google a couple of unfamiliar words…

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Guardian 26,337 – Crucible

Posted by Andrew on 13th August 2014

Andrew.

An enjoyable puzzle from Crucible that wasn’t too hard once I spotted the theme (even though I didn’t get the linking word at 9d until quite late on). A couple of slightly obscure words and tricky constructions, but all clearly and fairly clued. Thanks to Crucible.

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Guardian 26,336 by Chifonie

Posted by flashling on 12th August 2014

flashling.

Well, not much to say today. Chifonie at possibly his mildest.

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Guardian 26,335 by Rufus

Posted by PeterO on 11th August 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26335.

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Guardian Prize Puzzle 26,328 by Pasquale

Posted by bridgesong on 9th August 2014

bridgesong.

A puzzle with a particularly appropriate theme from Pasquale this week.

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