March 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie No 120

Toughie No 120 by Shamus

Today’s hints and tips by Big Dave

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

You can always rely on Shamus to set a challenging crossword, but one that is solvable with a little patience.  One or two trickier answers and some even trickier wordplay made this another very enjoyable puzzle.

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DT Cryptic No 25890

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25890

Today’s hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

I had a sense of déjà vu when doing this puzzle since many of the answers seemed to have cropped up recently! It’s a typical Tuesday puzzle – nothing too complicated or tricky.

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DT Cryptic No 25889

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25889

Get your week off the ground with this typical DT cryptic

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Monday’s puzzles are usually relatively easy, and satisfyingly lacking in obscure or tenuous clues.  Today’s is no exception.

Tilsit is still in hospital, but hopes to return next week.

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ST Cryptic No 2477 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2477 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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

I now look forward to the Sunday puzzle, and this one didn’t disappoint.

For the weekend prize crosswords I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.  A full analysis of this puzzle will be available at 12.00 next Thursday,  2nd April.

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DT Cryptic No 25888 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25888 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

Lesser known places make an unwelcome return, along with a woman’s name – another of my pet hates.  The usual few hints to get you started.

We will get Peter Biddlecombe’s view on this puzzle, in his full review – to be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 2nd April

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Toughie No 119

Toughie No 119 by Micawber

Today’s hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Tilsit was due to review today’s Toughie, but he was rushed into hospital on Monday.  He had still hoped to be able to do this review as he didn’t want to disappoint his new fans.  I am sure you will all be joining me in wishing him a speedy recovery.

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DT Cryptic No 25887

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25887

A nice easy puzzle to end the week

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Libellule is on holiday this week – he did the Wednesday review instead.  I can see why he likes these Friday puzzles.  This one is on the easy side, but at the same time a pleasure to complete.  A couple of the down clues may be a bit of a problem, but the rest is very straightforward.

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ST Cryptic No 2476 – Review

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2476 – Review

A full analysis by Big Dave

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

A hardish crossword, but the improvement in the Sunday  puzzles continues.

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DT Cryptic No 25882 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25882 – Review

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Another strange grid – if you don’t get the 15-letter answers, this is four separate crosswords, with uneven checking – the 9-letter answers are underchecked (4 of 9) and the 3s and 15s are overchecked – 3/3 and 9/15. And of course, the 4/5/7/8/10/…-letter words can’t come out to play.

Lots of the clues seem like gentle puns rather than really cryptic clues, and several of the more cryptic ones use words/definitions so close together that the clue is very easy or might lead to more than one answer Continue reading “DT Cryptic No 25882 – Review”