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Guardian Quiptic 769 by Nutmeg

Posted by newmarketsausage on 11th August 2014

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Nutmeg returns to the Quiptic with a puzzle to get the old grey cells ticking over once again.

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Guardian Quiptic 768/Orlando

Posted by Pierre on 4th August 2014

Pierre.

Orlando’s got the hang of this Quiptic thing, you know.  A delightful puzzle, full of clear cluing and fine surface readings.  I’ll be farming this one out to my friends who are just getting into the dark arts.

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Guardian Quiptic 767 Pan

Posted by scchua on 28th July 2014

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(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.)  I think this was of the right difficulty for a Quiptic, though 12 across is ambiguous until you get the checking letter. Still, no major problem. Thanks to Pan. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian Quiptic 766/Hectence

Posted by Pierre on 21st July 2014

Pierre.

Bonjour!  I liked this Quiptic: one or two tricky clues to parse, but once you’d reached base camp, the rest was all there to be worked out and the summit was attainable.  Just one clue where I am not entirely convinced by the cryptic grammar.  Someone will put me right, no doubt.

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Guardian Quiptic 765 by Provis

Posted by newmarketsausage on 14th July 2014

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The third outing in the Quiptic slot for Provis, whose identity remains a closely guarded secret.

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Guardian Quiptic 764/Moley

Posted by Pierre on 7th July 2014

Pierre.

Moley has been setting Guardian Quiptic puzzles since 2000, so I think we could call her a regular.  She has set us another good one today: not a write-in by any means, but generally clear cluing and a nice range of devices.

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Guardian Quiptic 763 / Pan

Posted by Gaufrid on 30th June 2014

Gaufrid.

I’m not so sure about the ‘Qui….’ part of this puzzle but maybe that was due to the fact that I had slept longer than usual last night and perhaps my brain was a bit sluggish as a result.

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Guardian Quiptic 762/Nutmeg

Posted by Pierre on 23rd June 2014

Pierre.

Nutmeg continues to set the Quiptic, although she is now a regular compiler of the Guardian cryptic as well.  It took me as long to do the NE corner of this puzzle as it did to do the rest.  Nothing too controversial, but one or two clues might have been tough for less experienced solvers.

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Guardian Quiptic 761 by Orlando

Posted by newmarketsausage on 16th June 2014

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This week’s Quiptic is by Orlando, one of my favourite setters.

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Guardian Quiptic 760/Hectence

Posted by Pierre on 9th June 2014

Pierre.

I liked this Quiptic from Hectence.  It wasn’t all completely straightforward to solve or parse, but once you had a foothold I think an improving solver could be expected to work through the rest of the clues and then figure out what was going on.  Some excellent surfaces and a good variety of clue types.

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Guardian Quiptic 759 / Provis

Posted by Gaufrid on 2nd June 2014

Gaufrid.

According to the Guardian website, Provis has only appeared twice before today, once in February and once in April. At that time I wasn’t solving the Quiptic on a regular basis and so this was my first encounter with this setter and therefore I didn’t know what to expect.

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Guardian Quiptic 758/Pan

Posted by Pierre on 26th May 2014

Pierre.

A Quiptic that hits the spot from Pan this morning.  Some clever cluing and nothing too controversial.  I’m on a bit of a mission today, so just a brief blog (what do you mean, thank goodness for that?)

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Guardian Quiptic 757 / Moley

Posted by Gaufrid on 19th May 2014

Gaufrid.

My apologies for the late appearance of this post. I needed to be reminded (thanks Pierre) that the scheduled blogger had not turned up. In the interest of minimising the lateness, I will mainly include just an analysis of the clues.

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Guardian Quiptic 756/Nutmeg

Posted by Pierre on 12th May 2014

Pierre.

Nutmeg started setting for the Guardian Cryptic a while ago and her puzzles there have been well-received.  But I’m glad she’s still doing the Quiptic, because she generally manages to set an accessible puzzle with a good range of cluing devices, some clever wordplay and smooth surfaces.  Just like this one.

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Guardian Quiptic 755 / Orlando

Posted by Gaufrid on 5th May 2014

Gaufrid.

I would say that this is probably an ideal Quiptic. Nothing too complicated or obscure but smooth surfaces and an enjoyable solve. I commend in particular the excellent 8dn.

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