April 16, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST Cryptic No 2479 – Review ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2479 – Review

A full analysis by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

As I wrote last Sunday,  I found it a little easier this week – on a par with the average daily puzzle.  My feedback, private and public, is mixed but generally in favour of the change in style.
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DT Cryptic No 25900 – Review ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25900 – Review

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

I found this a bit easier than last week’s, but based on recent goes at some old DT puzzles, there may be even easier ones out there (or I’m gaining from experience), so not worthy of one-star difficulty. The grid is mostly very sound, but spoiled a bit by some under-checking at the edges. On the placenames that the Saturday setter seems fond of, I don’t mind having them as answers, but would prefer not to have quite such difficult geographical wordplay as used today. I have a vague notion that I’ve seen a more approachable {town+town = town} clue before, but I can’t think of the places – maybe Sometown+Bury or Sometown+Chester?
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Toughie No 130 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 130 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

Quite a thought-provoking and entertaining puzzle today from a setter known for producing some very challenging and difficult puzzles – last Sunday’s Enigmatic Variations puzzle of his is one that is certainly worth solving, if you have the time and patience.  I found this a reasonable challenge with several new words and phrases, but it did contain another appearance of the dreaded indirect anagram (see the blog for Toughie 126!).   I thought a couple of clues over-egged the pudding and I am not at all keen on one definition.

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DT Cryptic No 25904 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25904

Today’s hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

If yesterday’s puzzle required a frantic trawl through a medical ward, then today’s offers a period of convalescence with a gentle stroll through some fairly straightforward clues with no obscure words in sight.

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