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Guardian 26,264 by Chifonie

Posted by manehi on 20th May 2014

manehi.

Found this enjoyable and tough – got stuck in the west half of the grid, but Chifonie’s usual neat clueing got me there in the end. 20ac last in, and probably my favourite.

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Guardian 26,263 – Logodaedalus

Posted by Andrew on 19th May 2014

Andrew.

No rhyming couplets today, just a lot of very easy clues, including a large number of double defintions. There were a couple of words that I didn’t know, but even they didn’t detain me long. Generally speaking I think this puzzle would have fitted better in the Quiptic slot.

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Guardian Prize Puzzle 26,256 by Paul

Posted by bridgesong on 17th May 2014

bridgesong.

No mystery about the theme of this puzzle: it was all about birds.

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Guardian Cryptic 26261 Qaos

Posted by scchua on 16th May 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 puzzle with a touch of science from Qaos.  Quite some tricky constructions to unravel, notwithstanding that, having read 12across’s book on 17across 1down, the latter went in quickly.  Thanks to Qaos.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian 26,260 – Paul

Posted by Andrew on 15th May 2014

Andrew.

A fun puzzle from Paul today…                

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Guardian Cryptic N° 26,259 by Picaroon

Posted by PeterO on 14th May 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26259.

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Guardian 26,258 / Philistine

Posted by Eileen on 13th May 2014

Eileen.

After the superb Indy puzzle from Morph yesterday, I was prepared for a bit of a let-down to solve and blog today, so I was even more than usually delighted to find Philistine’s name on this one, as he is one of my top favourite setters – and this was in no way a disappointment.  As so often, it became pointless to pick out favourite clues – many thanks, Philistine, for a great start to the day.

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Guardian 26,257 by Rufus

Posted by manehi on 12th May 2014

manehi.

Plenty of cryptic defs and anagrams from Rufus as usual, but only a few double defs. My favourites were 24ac and 2dn.

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Guardian Prize Puzzle 26,250 by Tramp

Posted by PeeDee on 10th May 2014

PeeDee.

Good fun from Tramp, one of my favourite setters.

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Guardian 26,255 by Puck

Posted by manehi on 9th May 2014

manehi.

I found this pretty tricky, despite…

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Guardian 26,254 – Brendan

Posted by Andrew on 8th May 2014

Andrew.

I haven’t blogged a Brendan puzzle for a while, so it was a pleasant surprise to get this one. I spotted the theme (see below) early on, which was very familiar to me and helped me to get through it quite quickly, though the SE corner gave me some trouble at the end, for no obvious reason, looking back at it.

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Guardian 26,253 by Nutmeg

Posted by flashling on 7th May 2014

flashling.

There was a time when to see Nutmeg meant an easy ride in the Quiptic on a Monday and a few clues seem to be from that time.

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Guardian Cryptic N° 26,252 by Pasquale

Posted by PeterO on 6th May 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26252.

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Guardian 26,251 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on 5th May 2014

Eileen.

The familiar Monday Rufus mix of anagrams and double and cryptic definitions – perhaps rather more of the latter than usual.

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Guardian prize 26,244 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 3rd May 2014

Eileen.

In view of the comments that have been made for quite a while now, I’m not going to say that this was quite straightforward ‘for a Prize puzzle’, because it seems to be agreed that Prize puzzles these days are no more or less likely to be tricky than weekday ones. I’ll just say that it turned out to be be more straightforward than it initially looked, but no less enjoyable for that. I particularly liked the 11ac / 3,15 combination.

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