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Guardian 26,527 / Picaroon

Posted by Eileen on 24th March 2015

Eileen.

A Tuesday treat from one of my top favourite setters, brimming with a variety of the usual top-quality clues with great surfaces. I thought it was relatively straightforward – but Picaroon’s puzzles worryingly often have a theme and I haven’t spotted one. [I did think I might be onto something when I got to 1dn but I don’t think so.]

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Guardian 26,526 by Rufus

Posted by manehi on 23rd March 2015

manehi.

Good fun from Rufus – I was more on his wavelength for the cryptic defs than usual. Favourite was 5dn.

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Guardian Prize 26,519 by Paul

Posted by bridgesong on 21st March 2015

bridgesong.

A plain, unthemed (unless I’ve missed something) prize puzzle from Paul this week.

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Guardian 26,524 by Boatman

Posted by manehi on 20th March 2015

manehi.

Lots of fun and cleverness today – I enjoyed the neatness of e.g. 7dn, 14dn and my favourite 18dn more than the write in, parse quite a bit later 26ac and 1dn. Thanks to Boatman.

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Guardian 26,523 – Paul

Posted by Andrew on 19th March 2015

Andrew.

I thought I was in a for an easy ride when the first two acrosses were write-ins; things slowed down after that, but I made steady progress and found it a satisfying solve. Perhaps less humour than usual for this setter, but still a solid and enjoyable puzzle – thanks to Paul

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Guardian 26,522 by Pasquale

Posted by flashling on 18th March 2015

flashling.

A somewhat tricky Pasquale, he does like his obscure words doesn’t he?

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Guardian 26,521 by Brummie

Posted by PeterO on 17th March 2015

PeterO.

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Guardian 26,520 / Chifonie

Posted by Eileen on 16th March 2015

Eileen.

A change from Rufus on a Monday but a similar mix of anagrams and charades – no cryptic definitions, though, which will be a relief to some. Nothing too tricky, I think, but a nicely-clued puzzle, with pleasing surfaces, to fill the bill of easing us into the week. Thanks to Chifonie.

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Guardian Prize 26,513 by Philistine

Posted by PeeDee on 14th March 2015

PeeDee.

A fine puzzle from Philistine.  My summary is: lots of great clues showing plenty of imagination but NOT appearing gimmicky.  Spot on!  Thanks Philistine.

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Guardian 26,518 / Qaos

Posted by Eileen on 13th March 2015

Eileen.

It’s been a most remarkable week for crosswords and we end it with one by another of my favourite setters, sparkling with his customary wit and ingenuity. I seemed to be typing ‘anagram’ rather a lot when blogging – an observation, not a complaint, as there are some very clever ones here.

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Guardian 26,517 by Tramp

Posted by manehi on 12th March 2015

manehi.

Plenty to like here…

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Guardian 26,516 – Vlad

Posted by Andrew on 11th March 2015

Andrew.

Another week, another new setter. Actually Vlad has appeared a couple of times as the setter of the Genius puzzle (including the current one), but I think this is his (?) first appearance in the cryptic slot. As with Screw last week, I wasn’t sure what to expect, and took a long time to get started on this one, and even once I got going it wasn’t an easy task, with some stragglers in the NW corner being the last to fall. So I narrowly escaped impalement – thanks to Vlad, and welcome.

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Guardian 26,515 by Picaroon

Posted by flashling on 10th March 2015

flashling.

Picaroon for me again, a bit wearing in places though.

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Guardian 26,514 by Rufus

Posted by PeterO on 9th March 2015

PeterO.

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Guardian Prize 26,507 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 7th March 2015

Eileen.

This was one of those puzzles which, at first glance, with all the cross-references, cause the heart to sink a little and, at first glance, the two XXs looked a little daunting, too – but, in fact, the ingenious theme clue at 15,22 fell pretty quickly and the rest unravelled quite steadily and without too much bother. This is Paul in squeaky-clean mode – although 18dn conjures up an interesting picture. 😉

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