Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2482 – Review
A full analysis by Big Dave
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
The latest of a string of excellent Sunday puzzles. It still seems odd to be writing a review having enjoyed the puzzle as I got used to the old-style over several years . No more sucking the teeth or stabbing an effigy of the setter with my pencil!
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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25918
A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment **
Started this off very fast but slowed down in the bottom half. A saying to ponder from one of the Times for the Times bloggers: “Some of the words in a clue are there for their meaning, and some for their content”. As a solver, it’s well worth asking “why is this particular word used”, and any passing setters will already have realised that concealing the words included for their content can be quite difficult.
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Toughie No 142 by Shamus
Hints and tips by Tilsit
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ****
Nice to see the Toughie live up to its name today with a fairly challenging solve. As I am solving onscreen at the moment, I suffered several “Your solution is wrong” messages before finally getting the all correct one, which came as a great relief.
Incidentally, someone managed to solve the DT Wednesday Crossword on line in 2 minutes and 36 seconds according to the statistics. Presumably they will be taking part in the final of the Crossword Championships in Cheltenham later this year. Messrs Goodliffe and Biddlecombe should be quaking in their boots.
Anyway, back to today. I think we can put Shamus firmly into the Ximenean camp with this cluing, all absolutely sound.
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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25922
Today’s hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
This puzzle is one of the easiest we have had for some time, but it is full of cleverly-constructed clues with excellent surface readings. It would be a very good introduction for someone new to cryptics. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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