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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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Guardian Cryptic 26176 Brendan

Posted by scchua on 6th February 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.)   As usual, Brendan has built a mini-theme into his crossword, highlighted in 13,18 across.  Enjoyable puzzle, thanks to Brendan.  And thanks to PeterO who kindly swapped days with me.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian 26,175 / Brummie

Posted by Eileen on 5th February 2014

Eileen.

As is often the case with Brummie’s puzzles, this one turned out to be not so tricky as it looked at first sight. Getting the long answers early on was a big help.

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Guardian 26,174 / Nutmeg

Posted by Gaufrid on 4th February 2014

Gaufrid.

A very gentle stroll on a pleasant, sunny morning. I would have preferred more of a challenge but others will no doubt have enjoyed it, particularly due to the absence of anything contentious.

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Guardian 26173 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 3rd February 2014

Andrew.

A very quick solve for me, though I needed references to remind myself what 20a was on about. Apart from that, a characteristic Rufus to start the week and the month. Thanks to the setter.

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Guardian 26,166 / Otterden

Posted by mhl on 1st February 2014

mhl.

The special instructions for this puzzle read:

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Guardian 26,171 – Paul

Posted by Andrew on 31st January 2014

Andrew.

After yesterday’s excitement, with an outstanding Nimrod and two wonderful Arachnes (well, an Arachne and a “Rosa Klebb”), I was worried that today might be a let-down in comparison. Fortunately we have Paul to keep things going, with, as always, some entertaining and ingenious clueing. A few bits of general knowledge came in handy, but nothing too obscure, I think. Thanks to Paul.

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Guardian Cryptic 26170 Arachne

Posted by scchua on 30th January 2014

scchua.

The last Arachne I blogged was her last Quiptic before she retired from that section.  I’m pleased to make her re-acquaintance today.  It was fun solving and blogging it – quite some inventive clueing.  Thanks Arachne.  Definitions are underlined in the clues. [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle. Please enclose any comments on them in double brackets. Thank you.]]

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Guardian Cryptic N° 26.169 by Pasquale

Posted by PeterO on 29th January 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26169.
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Guardian 26,168 / Gordius

Posted by Eileen on 28th January 2014

Eileen.

Regular readers will know that seeing Gordius’ name on a puzzle does not make my heart leap and this did little, for me, to lift the gloom of a wet morning.

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Guardian 26,167 by Rufus

Posted by manehi on 27th January 2014

manehi.

The usual gentle start to the week from Rufus, with some fun clues especially at 25ac, 3dn and 7dn.

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