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The Printer’s Devilry puzzle by Nibbo is excellent – devilishly difficult and a pleasure to solve. Mrs Richards’s puzzle is a very good thematic which will appeal particularly to those of you who like Guardian thematic crosswords. Hot on the heels of Mrs Richards’s puzzle I received the puzzle from Slovany – a nice straightforward crossword with some pithy clues. 
“Extra Time” from The Hornet is a neat little thematic with a cunning twist. Michael’s puzzle is deceptive – it contains some cleverly concealed definitions. The puzzle from Trinculo is extremely witty – what a good crossword should be of course. Katchina’s puzzle is a perfect example of sound clueing – not a word out of place and imaginative with it. “(5,4,4)” by John is a clever thematic puzzle with slick and amusing clues. The puzzle from Polvo is challenging and another example of how to write imaginative clues while being fair to the solver.
Smallikoff’s “Legs Eleven” is an interesting thematic in which most of the clues refer to a single answer. Zufro’s is a standard but difficult cryptic in the mould of the best of the Guardian. Konyev’s puzzle is in a similar mould to Zufro’s – inventively clued and a challenge for the solver. “2? Certainly Not” by PQR is a difficult thematic puzzle which should particularly appeal to those who like to tackle Listener and Enigmatic Variations crosswords. Cerasus’s first puzzle is a nice straightforward cryptic in the style of the Daily Telegraph
The puzzle by Canomis is a good example of how to write clues that make good literal sense and thus challenge the solver. Wordsworth’s puzzle is a good straightforward cryptic too, with clues that read very smoothly and hide definitions with some clever wordplay.“Seven” by Mrs Richards is a brilliant thematic puzzle with many cross-referenced clues, which will appeal to fans of the Guardian’s Araucaria.
Troll’s puzzle is a nice plain cryptic with concise, witty and well thought out clues. The puzzle from Polonius contains several clever cross-references and is very entertaining to solve.Kookaburra’s puzzle also has several cross-related clues, and is a very enjoyable romp which will challenge and amuse the solver. I was more than happy to include a second puzzle from Cerasus – it’s another good example getting the right balance between fair and imaginative clueing and there were quite a few head-scratching moments while I struggled with it.“18” by Marvin at first sight appears to be an ordinary cryptic, but it contains a clever gimmick that’s not apparent until the grid is complete. 
Slovany’s second crossword is a barred puzzle, which will appeal to those like to battle with Mephisto and Azed puzzles. It’s a real challenge, clued with scrupulous fairness – as one has come to expect from this compiler. Algy’s puzzle is themed, with several interrelated answers. This is a very enjoyable puzzle by another talented new setter, whose enthusiasm for the theme and for crossword-writing is evident in his clues.