July 2, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 25966 – Review

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25966 – Review

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

A pretty easy puzzle, which will have disappointed those who want a bit more to chew over on a Saturday. In its favour, the surface readings are nearly all convincing. The grid seems to be a direct match of a Times one, dreamt up by their former xwd editor Edmund Akenhead, with a big black E as a “signature”. It’s now a bit eccentric at the Times – their only grid with any fully checked answers – but much better than some of the DT ones.

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Toughie 174

Toughie No 174 by Firefly

Teacher…. Mother…….Secret Lover

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

As the warm-up man for Big Dave and his battle with Excalibur tomorrow, I am usually full of praise for the Thursday setters.  I am also a big fan of Firefly in his other setting alias, but for some reason, this is just not my cup of coffee (I can’t stand tea!!).  I was quite looking forward to it, but just found that some of the clues lacked the invention and  difficulty that we normally get from him.

For some reason I am reminded of the end of an epsiode of The Simpsons, where they do a send-up of Stephen King’s The Shining.  I had a tough night last night with the heat and lack of air, despite having all the windows open and running the risk of bats flying in. However, I was looking forward to logging in and having a good battle today, but like Homer I was disappointed and the urge to kill rises…..(actually the urge to go and have a snooze rises!)


Anyway, enough whimsy, let’s go.  My basic feeling that this was probably no tougher than a normal daily puzzle.  I was quite convinced for some time that there was a mistake in the grid, but then my recent stays as a guest of the NHS came to the rescue.  Should Toughie puzzles have four letter anagrams? Continue reading “Toughie 174”

DT 25970

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25970

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Nothing too taxing today, but a pleasant challenge with a lot of nice surface readings.
As usual the answers are hidden inside the curly brackets – just select the white space to reveal them.
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