May 28, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 25936 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25936 – Review

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

A very straightforward puzzle with only a couple of points to delay experienced solvers.  One new answer for me, and only a few puzzling clues.  Grid grumbles: none!  A bit of a geography exam, but I doubt these entries caused serious trouble.

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DT 25940

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25940

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Categorising a puzzle as difficult or easy is problematic, in that one which is easy for a veteran solver who knows all the conventions and has probably seen variations on many of the clues before, can be very difficult for a novice. So the “BD Difficulty Rating” at the top of all our reviews is not meant to be an absolute judgement but is a personal opinion of how this puzzle compares with an average one in this category.

I found this puzzle to be slightly easier than the normal Telegraph Cryptic (and therefore an ideal one for someone starting out), but with many well-constructed and entertaining clues – but that’s just one opinion – leave us yours via a comment!

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