June 13, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 25954 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25954 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

A good puzzle which, for me, was spoilt by the return of the dreaded place names.  Just to make things worse, three of the four are interlinked.   As I have previously remarked, if I want a General Knowledge crossword I will do the Telegraph’s excellent Giant GK puzzle.  To me it’s a lazy way of filling the grid, and I always have more respect for setters that avoid them.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.  Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Thursday, 18th June.

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