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Guardian 26,349 by Philistine

Posted by PeterO on August 27th, 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/26349.

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Inquisitor 1347: Soprano by Pointer

Posted by Hihoba on August 27th, 2014

Hihoba.

This was the first offering from Pointer, and a very nice puzzle it was too. The preamble was pretty complex:

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Guardian 26,348 / Brummie

Posted by Eileen on August 26th, 2014

Eileen.

A common theme in preambles to blogs of Brummie puzzles is that they turned out to be less difficult than they first appeared and I could say this yet again.

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Independent 8,694 / Scorpion

Posted by RatkojaRiku on August 26th, 2014

RatkojaRiku.

It has fallen to Scorpion to put us through our cruciverbal paces today.

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Financial Times 14,710 by ARMONIE

Posted by Bhavan on August 26th, 2014

Bhavan.

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Beelzebub 1,276

Posted by Simon Harris on August 25th, 2014

Simon Harris.

This all seemed fairly straightforward for the most part, with Chambers just required to wrap up a few loose ends. The bit where I am stumped is 25 down.

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HTML Tags in Comments

Posted by Admin on August 25th, 2014

Admin.

The issue that was causing problems when using HTML tags in comments has now been resolved so please ignore my original post (see below) and continue to use them if/when required.

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Independent 8693 by Commoner

Posted by NealH on August 25th, 2014

NealH.
  • *=anagram
  • [] = removed e.g. char[m]=char
  • ()=abbreviation e.g. A(mpere)=a
  • Hom. = homophone

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Guardian Quiptic 771 Moley

Posted by scchua on August 25th, 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 fairly easy Quiptic. Thanks to Moley. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Guardian 26,347 by Rufus

Posted by manehi on August 25th, 2014

manehi.

Plenty of double and cryptic defs as usual from Rufus. My favourites were 10ac, 2dn, 17dn and 20dn.

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Azed 2202 – ‘A Summer Serenade’ (DLM)

Posted by Andrew on August 24th, 2014

Andrew.

I’ve never been a great fan of DLM (definition and letter-mixture) puzzles: I tend to find them very hard to get started on, but once even a couple of answers are in it becomes easy to see roughly where the anagrams have to be, and completing the grid is reduced to a rather routine process, without the variety of clue-types that a normal puzzle provides. So it was with this one: after staring at a blank grid for a while I finally spotted TRUG for 31a from “turgescent” (unusual words are a good place to look for anagrams in DLMs), from which I soon got to 13d and 26d, and then was on to the aforementioned routine.

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Everyman 3,541

Posted by PeterO on August 24th, 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/everyman/3541.

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Independent on Sunday 1278/Raich

Posted by Pierre on August 24th, 2014

Pierre.

Always a pleasure to get a Raich puzzle to solve and blog.  Only a couple that held me up here, and those were down to my muppetry rather than the quality of the setter’s cluing.  And there’s a footie reference, natch.

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Enigmatic Variations 1134 Darkness by Oxymoron

Posted by twencelas on August 23rd, 2014

twencelas.

A treat for me this week Oxymoron – a favourite compiler of mine for many a year. Always a challenge but always fair. 28 clues need 2 or 3 letters to be removed (spelling out a quotation missing a word) and the rest need a thematic treatment before entry. Sounds like fun.

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Guardian Prize 26,340 / Picaroon

Posted by Eileen on August 23rd, 2014

Eileen.

Now this, from one of my favourite setters, is what I call a Prize puzzle – and I’m not talking about the much-disputed difficulty level. For me, there’s a ‘special’ feel about this: there’s a theme, which, although I latched on to it quite quickly, is so wide-ranging that cracking it did not blow the whole thing wide open too soon: it was great fun to see just how many more applications of the theme word Picaroon could unearth and exploit.

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