June 8, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ScrewedUp News – Jun 08

ScrewedUp News – Jun 08

Edition 19

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Just to be awkward, this has now been changed to (3,3,5,4), even though Chambers gives it as (3-3-5,4)!

My entry was also reset as if I had never completed the puzzle!

I bet you thought that ScrewedUp News had ceased publication!  The website has been much better of late, and the last issue was over a month ago.  Today DT 25949 had given the wrong length for 15 across.

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DT 25949

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25949

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Another Monday, another outing for our regular setter.  As usual, it’s the sort of puzzle designed to be kind to the newer solvers.  Sadly, another outing for one of my least favourite grids, with a lot of the answers containing two consecutive unchecked letters, which I personally consider unfair to solvers.  However the benign clues help here.

There’s the usual stock of cryptic definitions which either make you smile or wince.  Overall, the smile factor is very much in evidence, although a couple don’t quite hit the mark for me.

Black marks to the Telegraph website, I only managed to get in about an hour ago, and the interactive filling is not as smooth as normal.  Another black mark to 15 across which should have the number indication 3-3-5,4 rather than 13,4!  [This has now been changed to (3,3,5,4) although (3-3-5,4) would have been more accurate.  BD]

Anyway, on with the motley and let’s go…..  As usual, the solutions are hidden for you to highlight to reveal the answer.  Please feel free to leave any comments, but if it’s your first time, it can take a little while for your first post to appear.  It just prevents those naughty spammers from invading the board.

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