November 12, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 26080

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26080

A full analysis by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

This prize puzzle turned out to be very popular. It was easy enough for the newer solvers and generated a few smiles among those more experienced. I think the message to Cephas is quite clear – “Please Sir, can we have some more?”

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Toughie 250

Toughie No 250 by Shamus

Tough Stuff!

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

Very much at the top end of the scale today from Shamus. A puzzle of beautiful construction but some hard-to-parse answers. I was convinced for a while that there might be a faulty anagram at 18 across, but Gazza came to the rescue, and analysed it correctly for me.

Elegant cluemanship as always from Shamus, very much in the Giovanni mould.

As usual, the answers are hidden in between the squiggly brackets. Highlighting them reveals all. You can rate the puzzle using our star system at the end of the blog, and of course have your say and give your opinion after the blog as well. A reminder that first-time posters sometimes take a wee while to appear as they have to be approved, in order to prevent the board being hijacked by spammers.

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DT 26084

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26084

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Normal service has been resumed. The usual Thursday outing from J. With its typical mix of clue types and complexity. Not too difficult, not too easy, perhaps just right? As such I can’t find anything contentious in this crossword, but perhaps you can?

If you are a first time visitor to the blog you can find the answers by highlighting the space between the curly brackets. As usual please feel free to leave a comment.

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