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Guardian 26,342 by Puck

Posted by PeterO on August 19th, 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26342.

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Guardian 26,341 / Rufus

Posted by Eileen on August 18th, 2014

Eileen.

It’s Monday, it’s Rufus, with the usual potpourri of anagrams and double and cryptic definitions – and the characteristic silky-smooth surfaces, with some smiles along the way. Thank you, Rufus, for a pleasant puzzle.

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Guardian Quiptic 770/Provis

Posted by Pierre on August 18th, 2014

Pierre.

Well, come on, tell me what you thought.  Lurkers are particularly invited to comment.

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Independent 8687/Crosophile

Posted by Pierre on August 18th, 2014

Pierre.

The days of the Monday Indy being the ‘easy’ entry to the week seem to have long gone.  I liked this puzzle, and there were enough straightforward answers to get you going; but I found it really tough to finish, and struggled to parse quite a few.  I think I have nailed it all down, but would appreciate a bit of help to make sure that I have explained everything properly.

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Private Eye / Cyclops 527 Pub Crawl Purge

Posted by beermagnet on August 18th, 2014

beermagnet.

This crossword must be on the easy side of average for an Eye crossword because I completed it at one sitting with only 8 left to go after the “all clues read” first pass. The last few took a bit more effort and I had to look up the artist to be sure.

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Beelzebub 1,275

Posted by Simon Harris on August 17th, 2014

Simon Harris.

Quite a challenge this week, I thought. I made steady progress through the week, but eventually had to resort to all kinds of cheating to finish, particularly for some of the longer, rarer words.

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Everyman 3,540

Posted by Matt on August 17th, 2014

Matt.

A straightforward Everyman, easier than the last one I did.
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Independent on Sunday 1277 Kairos

Posted by scchua on August 17th, 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.)   Quite straightforward except for one or two bits. Thanks to Kairos. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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AZED 2,201

Posted by PeeDee on August 17th, 2014

PeeDee.

My first Azed puzzle as a regular blogger entailing a very enjoyable trawl though Chambers. The great thing about blogging an Azed puzzle is that it gives me the perfect excuse to spend the afternoon reading the dictionary without attracting unwelcome comments about ‘needing to get a life’ etc. Thank you Azed.

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Independent Crossword 8680 by Anax (09-08-2014)

Posted by twencelas on August 16th, 2014

twencelas.

As the warm British summer threatens to come to and end, it’s time for another duel with Anax which takes ones mind of the atrocities going on around the world.

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Guardian 26,334 / Paul

Posted by mhl on August 16th, 2014

mhl.

As ever a very entertaining crossword from Paul. This wasn’t a difficult solve, but great fun. My favourite clues were 23a,26a and 13a, which are both excellent. The only slight oddity here was having both DANCER and DANCE in the grid at the end, since there are several reasonable alternatives for D_N_E.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1133: Peripheral Consequences by Jaques

Posted by Dave Hennings on August 16th, 2014

Dave Hennings.

A smaller than average grid and a longer than average preamble greeted us this week. In fact, close reading of the preamble told us that the grid had a perimeter which needed filling and would end up being standard 13×13 fare.

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Financial Times 14,701 by GAFF

Posted by Turbolegs on August 15th, 2014

Turbolegs.

A sharp intake of breath preceded the whitening of the knuckles, as I gripped the arms of my chair in sheer trepidation at seeing the name of the setter today. And so it happened, the tussle with my nemesis Gaff. And at the end of it all, I can (barely) stand up and aver that I fought like a man, relentless in the face of a barrage of one inscrutable clue after another.

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Guardian 26,339 / Paul

Posted by Eileen on August 15th, 2014

Eileen.

I’m going to repeat what I said in the preamble to my last blog of a Paul puzzle, a couple of weeks ago – that it was a bit of a mixture, with some clues that wouldn’t seem out of place in a Rufus puzzle [today, for example, 13ac, 23ac, 26ac, 5dn, 15dn, 18dn, 19dn] while others are unmistakably Paul [3,24 and 10dn].

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Independent 8685 / Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on August 15th, 2014

Bertandjoyce.

Thanks Phi for our usual Phi-day phun!

 

 

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