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Guardian 26,284 – Paul

Posted by Andrew on 12th June 2014

Andrew.

I found this pretty easy for a Paul, getting though most of it very quickly. Unusually I also found quite a few of the clues rather pedestrian, with some giveaway definitions, and generally a lack of the sort of invention we’ve come to expect. Still, there was toilet humour (literally) for those that like it, and the puzzle wasn’t totally devoid of interest – 5,21 was interesting, and I liked 8d and the slightly dodgy homophone in 3,22. So, despite my misgivings, thanks to Paul.

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Guardian 26,283 by Orlando

Posted by flashling on 11th June 2014

flashling.

A peach of a puzzle.

 

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Guardian Cryptic No. 26,282 by Brummie

Posted by PeterO on 10th June 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26282.

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Guardian 26,281 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on 9th June 2014

Eileen.

A fairly typical Rufus puzzle, with a number of neat anagrams and double definitions – though rather fewer cryptic definitions today. A couple of the double definitions are rather close in meaning but there are some nice clues at 1ac, 5ac, 23ac, 4dn, 18dn and 21dn – and a pretty poor one, I’m afraid, at 22dn. The surfaces, as always, are elegant throughout. Thank you, Rufus – I enjoyed it.

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Guardian Prize Puzzle 26,274 by Paul

Posted by PeeDee on 7th June 2014

PeeDee.

This was a treat to solve and blog.

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Guardian 26,279 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 6th June 2014

Eileen.

I haven’t been able to detect any encrypted references to the D-day landings  but, as ever, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. Here is Paul in Mr Clean mode, with a puzzle that I found very entertaining and enjoyable. Many thanks to him.

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Guardian 26,278 by Imogen

Posted by manehi on 5th June 2014

manehi.

I found this tough to get through – after the few easier clues went in, there was a lot of guessing from checking letters and trying to make the wordplay fit. Really enjoyed 9ac, 8dn and 14dn.

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Guardian 26,277 – Picaroon

Posted by Andrew on 4th June 2014

Andrew.

As seems to have become the norm when I contend with Picaroon, I made a slow start, but followed this with steady progress through to the end. I was able to guess, or dredge from my memory, a couple of slightly obscure words with easyish clues, and generally enjoyed this a lot. Thanks to Picaroon

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Guardian 26,276 by Philistine

Posted by flashling on 3rd June 2014

flashling.

This was quite a struggle in places. rather tougher than the last Philistine I blogged.

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Guardian Cryptic N° 26,275 by Rufus

Posted by PeterO on 2nd June 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26275.

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Guardian Prize 26,268 / Brummie

Posted by Eileen on 31st May 2014

Eileen.

The special instructions were similar to those of the previous Saturday’s Prize puzzle: ‘eight clues lack a definition; their solutions are of a kind’.

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Guardian Cryptic N° 26,273 by Arachne

Posted by PeterO on 30th May 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26273.

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Guardian 26,272 / Boatman

Posted by Eileen on 29th May 2014

Eileen.

This is my third Boatman blog in a row and I’m not complaining. Last time, I said he had led me a merry dance and I’d had a ball but I shall refrain from making any corny comments on the theme today. I thought some of the clues were rather strained in order to accommodate it – but I think I’m probably just feeling a bit grumpy because I still can’t see how a couple of them work. Thanks to Boatman for what was generally an enjoyable puzzle.

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Guardian 26,271 by Chifonie

Posted by manehi on 28th May 2014

manehi.

Enjoyed this puzzle from Chifonie, nicely clued with some lovely surfaces and not too difficult. Favourites were 2d and 5d.

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Guardian 26,270 / Nutmeg

Posted by Gaufrid on 27th May 2014

Gaufrid.

With only two entries during my first pass through the clues I thought I was going to struggle with this one. However, slow but steady progress ensued and the grid was gradually filled in, starting with the right hand side, followed by the SW quadrant and finally the NW corner.

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