November 13, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 2509

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2509

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

 

Quite a tricky Sunday puzzle by current standards – especially if like me you don’t see 1A on first look.

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Toughie 251

Toughie No 251 by Notabilis

The right stuff

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

A good, solid and challenging workout from Notabilis, aka Kea, aka a long-established Times setter. I made pretty rapid progress to complete the NW and SE corners, but the other two gave all kinds of trouble. In almost all cases it was down to me not spotting the right things, although one hold-up was due to not knowing the reference at 18dn.

Quality setting throughout, and definitely on the tough side of tough.

Please let us have your comments and questions; and don’t forget the curly brackets contain the answers – left-click and drag the cursor over them and all will be revealed.

In a slight deviation from the norm I’ve shown in blue any clues that rocked my boat. You will no doubt have others.

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DT 26085

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26085

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We have a fairly difficult puzzle today with a couple of words new to me, but it’s very fair and entertaining in the usual Giovanni style. If you found this one tricky then I hope the hints help; if you found it a piece of cake, then try today’s Toughie – I guarantee that you won’t find that so easy!
As usual the answers are hidden so that you don’t see them by mistake. To reveal one, select the white space inside the curly brackets beneath the clue.
I think that this is the sort of puzzle that should generate lots of discussion – so let’s go for a good crop of comments!

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