October 23, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 2506

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2506

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Much easier than last week for me, but there’s plenty to see. First, a bit of symmetry – half-turn rotational symmetry still applies when you’ve drawn in little bars to mark word breaks in multi-word answers.

Legend: (act)* indicates an anagram of act

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Toughie 239

Toughie No 239 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Anax

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BD Rating – Difficulty **** Enjoyment ***

A four-star difficulty rating? Well, I struggled, so I can only give a personal assessment – seasoned Toughie solvers may have different tales to tell. Oddly, the solve itself didn’t take very long, but I was left with a clutch of clues whose wordplay I couldn’t fathom, and for that reason alone I’ve notched the enjoyment level down from what could easily have been 4 or 5. Apart from those difficulties this puzzle offered some tough, imaginative clueing and a handful of real corkers. Kudos to the setter, too, for not being put off by awkward Js and Qs. There’s just one quibble at 23Dn.

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DT 26067

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26067

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

I look forward to the Friday puzzle, but I must admit to feeling a bit disappointed with this one. There’s one amusing clue at 7d, but otherwise I thought that it was fairly mundane stuff, compared to the usual Friday fare. Do you agree or do you think I’m being excessively curmudgeonly? – let me know via a comment.
As usual, if you want to see an answer you’ll find it hidden between the curly brackets – just highlight the white space to reveal it.

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