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Guardian 26,301 by Nutmeg

Posted by manehi on 2nd July 2014

manehi.

I found this tough to get into, but rewarding once I did. Favourites were 1, 7 and 8 down.

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Guardian 26,300 – Brummie

Posted by Andrew on 1st July 2014

Andrew.

I made pretty quick work of this: there are quite a few clues that either had giveaway definitions or made their cryptic structure rather too obvious (a common feature of Brummie’s clues). I have a couple of quibbles, noted below, but generally this was well-constructed, if a bit low on excitement. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 26,299 by Rufus

Posted by flashling on 30th June 2014

flashling.

Well it’s Monday, it’s Rufus. You’ve probably got a good idea what’s coming.

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Guardian 26,292 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 28th June 2014

Eileen.

There was a lot of fun to be had in this puzzle – a mixture of pretty straightforward clues  [eg 12ac, 27ac, 1dn, 17dn], together with a number of anagrams to help things along and then some characteristically playful and ingenious devices at 19dn, 14ac and 6dn. I thoroughly enjoyed it – many thanks to Paul.

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Guardian Cryptic 26297 Philistine

Posted by scchua on 27th June 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.)   A slow start, but a quick finish.  Thanks to Philistine.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian Cryptic No. 26,296 by Paul

Posted by PeterO on 26th June 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26296.

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Guardian 26,295 / Pasquale

Posted by Eileen on 25th June 2014

Eileen.

A combination of some very straightforward clues [eg 5ac, 16ac, 24ac, 4dn], a number of anagrams, including two excellent ones, and, unusually for Pasquale, only one word, I think, that could be called at all out of the ordinary. Some nice surfaces, too. Thanks, Pasquale, for the puzzle.

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Guardian 26,294 by Shed

Posted by manehi on 24th June 2014

manehi.

Slightly on the easier side for a Shed, but lots of fun. I particularly liked 8 and 10ac, 11ac, 17ac, 23a and 4dn.

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Guardian 26,293 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 23rd June 2014

Andrew.

I found this a bit harder than usual for a Rufus, with the large helping of cryptic definitions causing some of the difficulty. On the other hand the non-CDs were generally straightforward and well constructed, with a couple of nice &lits. Thanks to Rufus.

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Guardian 26,286 / Tramp

Posted by mhl on 21st June 2014

mhl.

This is another of Tramp’s excellent densely themed crosswords: the subject of this one, as he said on Twitter was the England vs Italy match that took place on the Saturday when the puzzle came out. As he says there, you’d need very little football knowledge to solve the puzzle – just 22 across perhaps being tough if you’ve never heard of the player.

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Guardian 26,291 – Imogen

Posted by Andrew on 20th June 2014

Andrew.

A enjoyable puzzle from Imogen, where spotting the theme early on helped a lot.

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Guardian 26,290 / Puck

Posted by Gaufrid on 19th June 2014

Gaufrid.

I didn’t particularly enjoy this puzzle when solving it shortly after dawn this morning and I enjoyed it even less when I had to write this post at short notice because the scheduled blogger had failed to turn up. Usually I find Puck’s puzzles fun and light-hearted but this one seemed to lack sparkle and some of the clues left a bit to be desired, at least for me.

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Guardian Cryptic N° 26,289 by Nutmeg

Posted by PeterO on 18th June 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26289.

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Guardian 26,288 / Qaos

Posted by Eileen on 17th June 2014

Eileen.

A sunny morning made sunnier on seeing Qaos’ name on the puzzle I was down to blog.

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Guardian 26,287 by Chifonie

Posted by manehi on 16th June 2014

manehi.

Straightforward Monday fun from Chifonie. Favourites were 24ac and 27ac

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