April 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST Cryptic No 2481 – Review

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2481 – Review

A full analysis by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Sundays may never be the same again!  Another very enjoyable puzzle which, although not difficult, leaves you feeling satisfied – unless of course you liked the strange clues and odd construction that used to be the norm!

It seems that the change in style is linked to a whole new approach to the Sunday puzzles in general – although printing one prize puzzle on the back of another is something that the Puzzles Editor should perhaps rethink!  I have asked for guidance on the admissibility of copies of prize puzzles, and will let you all know when I get it. Continue reading “ST Cryptic No 2481 – Review”

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DT Cryptic No 25912 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25912 – Review

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

The best thing about this puzzle for me was the set of answers – these make a pangram (all letters of the alphabet appear at least once). Some tricky letters appear several times – there are 3 Zs and 4 Vs for example. The bad things for me were a couple of the selections for answers, and some clues that were either not very cryptic or could lead to more than one answer. Some will be delighted to see no obscure place names in this puzzle.

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Toughie No 138

Toughie No 138 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

Much irritation to start the day, on-line solving access to the Toughie is not available at midnight .  As I have no printer access, I have to draw up my own grid and solve from the clues on screen.

There was much to be admired in today’s puzzle, but there were one or two quite major queries for me.  I really didn’t like 1 across and I am really unsure of the definition of 12 across.  I have also given up on 21 across after it nearly reacted with my sleeping medication to give me hallucinations.

I’d like to nominate 26 across as this puzzle’s entry into Clue of the Week.  Certainly made me smile.

Thanks to Firefly for an enjoyable and thought-provoking challenge.

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DT Cryptic No 25916

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25916

Today’s hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

I thought that this was an enjoyable puzzle which had some entertaining and amusing clues without being overly difficult or containing any really obscure words – just what we need for a daily crossword.

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Toughie No 137

Toughie No 137 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

If you’re not into cricket then you may find a couple of the clues in this one quite tricky. Otherwise it’s a fairly straightforward puzzle.

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DT Cryptic No 25915

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25915

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

This morning the CluedUp website is not working very well!  You can print out puzzles, but you can’t play them online.  Today’s is a typical Wednesday puzzle – not too difficult, and a good mix of clues.

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Toughie No 136

Toughie No 136 by Giovanni

An enjoyable puzzle, in spite of the Geography lesson!

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

Here we have a Toughie from our regular Friday setter.  Tougher than the daily cryptics, with one or two words you may have to look up, but very enjoyable.  But the French department will cause a lot of head scratching.

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DT Cryptic No 25914

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25914

Today’s hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Today’s compiler obviously thought that we were in need of a bit of a rest after yesterday’s tricky effort, and has produced a very straightforward puzzle, which, nevertheless, has a number of entertaining clues.

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DT Cryptic No 25913

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25913

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

A little bit tougher than the last few Mondays with some of the normal cryptic definitions requiring a bit more thought.  Today’s was chock-full of double definition clues though.

Quite enjoyable and a fair challenge, so thanks to our Monday Maestro!

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ST Cryptic No 2481 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2481 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

It looks like this change in style is here to stay.  Once again we have a puzzle where the level of enjoyment is disproportionately higher than the difficulty.

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, 30th April.

Some hints to get you started:

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