May 19, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 148

Toughie No 148 by Kcit

Not as difficult as it looks

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

I’m still struggling with the effects of Saturday’s hard drive crash combined with an Internet connection that is varying today from poor to non-existent.  Will be back with this puzzle after a trip to the dentist.  Can the day get any worse?

Well, I finally managed to get around to this puzzle, and it looked at first as if it was going to be difficult.  However, the setter was very kind with all four long answers being anagrams.  One or two curiosities, but overall not a bad puzzle.

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DT 25932

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25932

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Once more we have an excellent Tuesday puzzle with some very entertaining surface readings. The layout of the grid encourages you to solve one corner at a time, and I was proceeding quite well until I reached the South-East corner which held me up for a while.
Can I point out to new readers (and to regular readers who have not yet read Big Dave’s FAQ!) that the curly brackets associated with each clue are not just there for artistic embellishment – the answer is hidden inside them, and if my hints are insufficient to give you the answer you can reveal it by selecting the space inside the brackets.

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