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Guardian 26,337 – Crucible

Posted by Andrew on 13th August 2014

Andrew.

An enjoyable puzzle from Crucible that wasn’t too hard once I spotted the theme (even though I didn’t get the linking word at 9d until quite late on). A couple of slightly obscure words and tricky constructions, but all clearly and fairly clued. Thanks to Crucible.

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Guardian 26,336 by Chifonie

Posted by flashling on 12th August 2014

flashling.

Well, not much to say today. Chifonie at possibly his mildest.

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Guardian 26,335 by Rufus

Posted by PeterO on 11th August 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26335.

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Guardian Prize Puzzle 26,328 by Pasquale

Posted by bridgesong on 9th August 2014

bridgesong.

A puzzle with a particularly appropriate theme from Pasquale this week.

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Guardian 26,333 by Otterden

Posted by PeterO on 8th August 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26333.

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Guardian 26,332 / Tramp

Posted by Eileen on 7th August 2014

Eileen.

I’d almost given up hope of blogging another Tramp puzzle, as it’s over a year since my last one. This one was, as expected, well worth waiting for.

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Guardian 26,331 by Philistine

Posted by manehi on 6th August 2014

manehi.

Found this slow going but not too tricky, and with lots to enjoy. I liked the little “theme” of linked clues, as well as 13ac, 16/22 and 25ac.

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Guardian 26,330 – Imogen

Posted by Andrew on 5th August 2014

Andrew.

Things got off to a bad start when I went to the Guardian site and saw that “this crossword is not yet available” (as it’s still saying as I write this at 9.20am). Fortunately it didn’t take too much detective work to track down the PDF version, and it was soon obvious that this puzzle has the unusual feature that several of the entries occur in more than one clue. In fact there’s a chain: 25,15/15,10/10,18/18,7/7,21/21,29. Understandably the online version can’t cope with this kind of thing; less understandably, surely someone must have known in advance that this would be a problem, so that the website could have said this and given a link to the PDF, rather than just an error message.

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Guardian 26,329 by Rufus

Posted by flashling on 4th August 2014

flashling.

Good morning, the usual Rufusian mixture of stuff and a grid that shouldn’t provoke too many whinges.

 

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Guardian 26,322 / Paul (26/7/14)

Posted by Gaufrid on 2nd August 2014

Gaufrid.

I didn’t know when solving this puzzle that I was going to be blogging it otherwise I would have made some notes at the time. I only found out several days  later that the scheduled blogger was on holiday with no Internet access and so would be unable to post.

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Guardian Cryptic 26327 Nutmeg

Posted by scchua on 1st August 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.)   An early morning wake-up call didn’t do much for me when solving this.  But in the end I did manage to complete with a bit of electronic help.  Thanks to Nutmeg.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian Cryptic N° 26,326 by Enigmatist

Posted by PeterO on 31st July 2014

PeterO.

THe puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26326.

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Guardian 26,325 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on 30th July 2014

Eileen.

As Conrad helpfully says, at comment 4,  “Anyone wishing to do this online should use the PDF not the print version. Apart from saying 166 where it means 16 it is fine.”

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Guardian 26,324 by Chifonie

Posted by manehi on 29th July 2014

manehi.

Enjoyable and well-clued as ever from Chifonie – I particularly liked 23ac, as well as the misdirection in 2, 19 and 22dn.

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Guardian 26,323 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 28th July 2014

Andrew.

For some reason I found this harder going than usual for a Rufus, with the bottom half causing the most trouble. The grid doesn’t help: with no answers longer than nine letters it’s more or less split into four separate parts, and there are lots of words with less than 50% checking. Apart from all that, it’s the traditional Rufus fare – thanks to the setter.

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