Sloggers and Betters 11

Sloggers and Betters 11

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What? The 11th “Sloggers and Betters” gathering for crossword setters and blog contributors and readers will take place in London, following on, as in previous years, from the annual lunch for Times setters.

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Welcome

Welcome to Big Dave’s Crossword Blog

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You have reached the world’s biggest and best crossword blog.  If you are looking for help with the Daily and Sunday Telegraph cryptic crosswords, a total of 11 puzzles a week, then you have come to the right place.

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Toughie 1173

Toughie No 1173 by Osmosis

It’s a Cracker!

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ****

Tilsit is unavailable today and I have spent most of the morning sorting out the site, including a raft of problems (at the blogging end) introduced by the WordPress upgrade and a rogue plugin (the Guestbook one, now disabled) that used up over 5gb of the 6gb available. The hints are here, albeit a little late.

As is usual with Osmosis it took longer to fully resolve the wordplay than it did to complete the puzzle.

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DT 27467

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27467

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs this bright  Good Friday morning.

As usual from Giovanni, some obscure words but fair wordplay. ** difficulty for me.

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DT 27462

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27462

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on  Saturday, 12th April 2014

The Saturday Mysteron seems to have upped the difficulty level for his last couple of appearances which for me anyway increases the enjoyment factor.

 

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Toughie 1172

Toughie No 1162 by Petitjean

It doesn’t 5 down!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **** Enjoyment **

A frustrating crossword. I did over half of it with no effort and thought it was going to be a one- or two-star difficulty puzzle. Then I started having problems though for most clues I could see what the answer must be but couldn’t unravel the wordplay. Last week I commented that it was nice not to have any tricky four-letter answers. I wish I could say the same this week. I didn’t particularly enjoy the time spent sorting out the last few answers. Because of this I upped the difficulty rating and lowered the enjoyment rating

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DT 27466

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27466

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** Enjoyment ****

Ray T tests our vocabulary like no other setter in this very enjoyable puzzle.

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ST 2738

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2738

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on  Sunday, 6th April 2014

Morning All! This was one of my quickest Sunday solves as everything fell into place quite nicely. Still lots of fun to complete and running through the wordplay was a delight as ever.

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Toughie 1171

Toughie No 1171 by Micawber

The Master Builder

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Thanks to Micawber for compiling yet another masterly Toughie – not too demanding for the solver but full of humour and enjoyment.
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DT 27465

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27465

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

As expected, Jay delivers another enjoyable, accessible puzzle. A little over 1.5* difficulty for me, and 3* for enjoyment. Thanks Jay.

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Toughie 1170

Toughie No 1170 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty */** Enjoyment **

A straightforward Toughie to start the week, although I think our setter was in fighting mood when she worked on some of the clues!

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