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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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Guardian Quiptic 754 / Hectence

Posted by Big Dave on 28th April 2014

Big Dave.

A delightful puzzle, albeit a tad difficult for a Quiptic.

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Guardian Quiptic 753 / Pan

Posted by Gaufrid on 21st April 2014

Gaufrid.

Today was going to be Writinghawk’s final appearance as he will be leaving the country shortly and going to a location with poor/no internet access. However, it seems that something has prevented him from turning up.

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Guardian Quiptic 752/Provis

Posted by Pierre on 14th April 2014

Pierre.

A quick look at the archive suggests that this is only Provis’s second appearance, and my first chance to blog him or her.  I thought this was a fine Quiptic.  Nothing to frighten the horses – as should be the case – and a pleasing variety of clue types with some good choices of anagram.  He or she has an eye for a good surface too.

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Guardian Quiptic 751 Moley

Posted by scchua on 7th April 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 standard Quiptic puzzle, with lots of anagrams to help the solver.  Enjoyable.  Thanks to Moley.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian Quiptic 750 / Beale

Posted by Big Dave on 31st March 2014

Big Dave.

A workmanlike puzzle which, for me, lacked any clues with the “wow” factor.

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Guardian Quiptic 749 / Nutmeg

Posted by Writinghawk on 24th March 2014

Writinghawk.

Nutmeg has as ever provided a nice crossword at a reasonably simple level, though the smooth surfaces may lead solvers up a few blind alleys. Anagrams are comparatively thin on the ground, but there are so many container-and-contents clues it is practically a handbook of different ways of indicating containment in a clue.

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Guardian Quiptic 748/Pan

Posted by Pierre on 17th March 2014

Pierre.

This hit the spot for me.  You?  That said, the grid was a bit odd for a Quiptic, and I think one of the clues is faulty.

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Guardian Quiptic 747 Hectence

Posted by scchua on 10th March 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.)  This was an enjoyable puzzle from Hectence, with bits of it reminiscent of a Cryptic.  There were lots of letter deletions used in the clues, and some might find this, perhaps, too much of a good thing after a while.  Thanks to Hectence.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian Quiptic 746 / Orlando

Posted by Big Dave on 3rd March 2014

Big Dave.

I was delighted to see that today’s puzzle was by one of my favourite Quiptic setters, and I wasn’t disappointed.  Just the ticket for new solvers.

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Guardian Quiptic 745 / Provis

Posted by Writinghawk on 24th February 2014

Writinghawk.

Provis appears to be a brand new setter, who has started with a well-judged Quiptic, with nothing too hard for improving solvers.

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Quiptic 744/Hectence

Posted by Pierre on 17th February 2014

Pierre.

I thought this hit the spot for a Quiptic.  Good variety in the cluing; nothing too obscure; and where the wordplay was a little complicated, clear definitions.

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Guardian Quiptic 743 / Pan

Posted by PeterO on 10th February 2014

PeterO.

The crossword was there all along, but mislabelled! It is now correctly placed at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/quiptic/743.

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