November 18, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 253

Toughie No 253 by Cephas

It’s All Greek to Me

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I thought that this puzzle was a bit of a mixed bag – some really enjoyable clues but a few cryptic definitions which are just not very cryptic. We also have a few cricket references which are guaranteed to annoy some solvers. How did you find it? – let us know via a comment.

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DT 26089

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26089

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Tilsit is unable to review today’s puzzle, but he will be back here tomorrow with the Toughie.

When I solved this crossword I quite enjoyed it, but once I sat down to analyse the wordplay I must admit to being less than impressed with a few of the clues. For example most setters try not to use the same indicator twice in a puzzle but here we have “up”, a dubious anagram indicator at the best of times, in two of the across clues.

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