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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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Guardian Prize Puzzle 26,160 by Picaroon

Posted by bridgesong on 25th January 2014

bridgesong.

Nice to see Picaroon, as a relatively new setter,  given the prize slot.  I made relatively rapid inroads into this (particularly the northwest corner) but then ground to a halt.  My solving partner Timon came to my rescue.   Some ingenuity on display here , to such an extent that we couldn’t fully parse a couple of the clues, so your suggestions are as always very welcome.  I’m particularly interested in your views on the possibly controversial usages in 22 across and 6 down.   Am I being unduly sensitive, I wonder?  This extract from The Guardian’s style guide seems relevant: Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 26,165 by Chifonie

Posted by manehi on 24th January 2014

manehi.

Not difficult, but a pleasant solve – all very neatly and fairly done. Favourites were 24ac, 1dn and 5dn.

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Guardian 26,164 – Shed

Posted by Andrew on 23rd January 2014

Andrew.

The last Shed I blogged, in September, was rather a gentle one, but this one was, at least for me, at the opposite end of the spectrum: it took me a while to make any headway with it, and even when I had a few answers in my progress was slow. I have a couple of doubts/queries/niggles about some elements that others may be able to shed (ha ha) some light on, but generally a very satisfying and enjoyable puzzle – thanks to Shed.

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