May 14, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 2483 – Review ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2483 – Review

A full analysis by Big Dave

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

Another enjoyable Sunday puzzle.  I even forgave the setter for including the now obligatory place name!

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DT 25924 – Review ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25924

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

Given a 4-star difficulty rating mainly bcause it took me a long time to be sure of 9A, so the total time was about double my average for this puzzle. One of those rather odd grids that’s perfectly OK apart from the over-unched 5-letter words, but includes a whopping 16 7-letter answers, and only three other word-lengths. It’s easy to see changes that would both increase the variety of answer lengths and fix the under-unching.

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Toughie 146 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 146 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

An elegant and challenging puzzle from one of the best crossword setters and a personal favourite of mine.  Some very clever and thought-provoking clues mixed with accessible ones provide a good challenge for solvers.  The clues have beautiful surface readings as well.

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DT 25928 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25928

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Nothing too obscure or contentious today – what we have is a straightforward puzzle which should not frustrate regular solvers for very long, but which contains some entertaining clues.

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