Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25978 – Review
A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment **
The difficulty of this puzzle was about average for a Saturday Telegraph. I didn’t enjoy this one much because there seemed to be quite a few problems of various kinds with the clues. So let’s get down to business.
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Toughie No 182 by Giovanni
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***** – Enjoyment *****
Last time up we gave Giovanni only two stars for difficulty and the time before that it was three. Well, today it is payback! A true Toughie, which gives that real sense of achievement when you have filled in the final square.
Today it is Tilsit’s turn to suffer hardware problems. Unfortunately, his email to me got lost in the ether for nearly 4 hours, so my apologies for the lateness of the review. I think you will agree that this puzzle was worth the wait.
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Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 25982
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
We’ve been given a really excellent puzzle today, full of beautifully crafted clues with splendid surface readings. It has one obscure word (just to keep you on your toes!). As has been mentioned before, a puzzle like this gives the reviewer a double dose of pleasure – firstly when solving the puzzle, and later when writing the review. Of course you can get the reverse effect with a sub-standard puzzle!
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