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Guardian 26,191 / Brendan

Posted by Eileen on 24th February 2014

Eileen.

It’s a long time since we had a Rufusless Monday: December 9th was the last time Brendan was called up from the bench.

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Guardian Prize Puzzle 26,184 by Pasquale

Posted by bridgesong on 22nd February 2014

bridgesong.

This themed puzzle lacked definitions for six solutions, but the wordplay meant that there was no difficulty in working them out.

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Guardian 26,189 / Philistine

Posted by Eileen on 21st February 2014

Eileen.

I have  commented a couple of times already on what a good week we’ve been having for puzzles – not only in the Guardian – and to round it off with one from Philistine couldn’t be better, as far as I’m concerned. We’ve been challenged in different ways by a wide variety of styles in the last few days. There’s nothing too taxing here, I think, and no obscure words, but we have the wit, elegance and lightness of touch that we’ve come to expect from this setter.

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Guardian 26,188 by Crucible

Posted by manehi on 20th February 2014

manehi.

A fun puzzle with a few thematically linked clues and solutions – I struggled with the top half of the grid until I caught on to the theme. I particularly liked 12ac, 26ac, 7dn and 23dn.

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Guardian 26,187 – Enigmatist

Posted by Andrew on 19th February 2014

Andrew.

I blogged Enigmatist’s last weekday puzzle in April last year, and can repeat almost verbatim what I said then: “It’s been quite a while since we saw Enigmatist on a weekday … and as always I was a little apprehensive when I saw his name.” The grid is a little solver-unfriendly, with the black squares in the centre almost cutting it in half diagonally, with only the four long answers providing connections. I filled in the upper right half without too much of a struggle, but the other half proved more troublesome. In general the fact that there were quite a few multi-word answers was a help. I have a slight doubt about my parsing of 16d, but otherwise I think I’ve been able to explain everything this time. Thanks to Enigmatist for a very satisfying challenge.

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Guardian 26186 / Puck

Posted by Writinghawk on 18th February 2014

Writinghawk.

A wonderful mix of the erudite and the scatological from the ever-inventive Puck. Not since the passing of Araucaria have I learned so much general knowledge – or deployed so much I already had in store – in the course of doing a daily crossword. Edit: Thanks to Shirley @3 for pointing out that there is erudition here but no scatology; my memory was importing it from a different crossword.

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Guardian Cryptic N° 26,185 by Rufus

Posted by PeterO on 17th February 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26185.

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Guardian Prize Puzzle 26,178 by Imogen

Posted by PeeDee on 15th February 2014

PeeDee.

I have not been solving the Guardian much lately and have not come across Imogen before – I like his/her style very much.   Thank you Imogen.

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Guardian Cryptic N° 26,183 by Orlando

Posted by PeterO on 14th February 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26183.

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Guardian 26,182 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 13th February 2014

Eileen.

Paul on top form, though not at his most difficult – a very enjoyable puzzle, with some very clever and well-hidden anagrams and several examples of the quirky cluing that we expect from him. Many thanks to him for putting me in a good mood to start  the day.

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Guardian 26,181 by Tramp

Posted by manehi on 12th February 2014

manehi.

This was tough – I needed two sittings to finish it, and another to nail the parsing. Some lovely cluing – I especially liked 12ac, 2dn and 23dn.

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Guardian 26,180 – Chifonie

Posted by Andrew on 11th February 2014

Andrew.

I see it’s been corrected now, but when I went to the Guardian crossword page earlier this morning it said that today’s puzzle was by Philistine (though the puzzle itself had Chifonie’s name on it). There’s been a lot of this kind of thing on the site lately, with the Genius missing its special instructions, no Azed on Sunday and a late appearance for the Quiptic yesterday. Anyway, this one is unquestionably in Chifonie’s style, with lots of charades, and sound but generally very straightforward clueing, though the name at 18d might cause some head-scratching.

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Guardian 26,179 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 10th February 2014

Andrew.

It used to be fairly predictable that there would be a non-Rufus Monday every 4 or 5 weeks, but this one marks his ninth consecutive Monday. This one is very heavy on cryptic definitions (7 of them, not to mention 4 double defs) – sometimes they can hold me up, but I made quick work of them this time, though I think there’s a Biblical error in one. (By the way, I’m standing in for Flashling today, which is why this is my second Monday in a row; so I’ll be back tomorrow.)

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Guardian Prize 26,172 / Philistine

Posted by Eileen on 8th February 2014

Eileen.

I’m a great fan of Philistine’s puzzles, so was delighted to see his name on this one and really enjoyed the solve.

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Guardian Cryptic N° 26,177 by Picaroon

Posted by PeterO on 7th February 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26177.

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