August 18, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 200

Toughie No 200 by Citrus

Opportunity didn’t knock!

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

I was expecting something special from this Toughie, but what I got was a puzzle in which the difficulty only came from obscure words and a particularly tricky wordplay.

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DT 26010

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26010

Brush Up on your (Word) Sums!

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Thanks to Gazza for stepping in at short notice yesterday when I remembered that I had a hospital appointment and realised that even I was mortal and couldn’t  cram 15 hours of things to do into 45 minutes.

Quite an entertaining puzzle today and a bit of a challenge.  The clues were well-written and nicely misleading, and it took me a little longer than I would have liked.  There was nothing too taxing in there but a few clues just required a bit more thought than on a Monday.  Mostly word-sum types clue, as well.

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