November 26, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 26092

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26092

A full analysis by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment *

Only the Telegraph, among quality dailies, would have a prize puzzle that is this easy.

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Toughie 258

Toughie No 258 by MynoT

A Night at the Opera

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

I bet you were all wondering where Mynot would go next, having completed a series of vowel-inspired puzzles, well now we know he has invited us all to a Night at the Opera, but without the Marx Brothers.

I must admit that when I saw the convoluted clueing on this puzzle I felt like tossing it in the cyber-bin. I persevered with it, and ended up quite enjoying the result. It is very important to latch on to the theme quickly, and an inspired guess at the 1a / 28a coupling, based on just three checking letters was the key for me, even though my first guess of “clue” for 19a proved to be incorrect.

I have just had an email from Tilsit. The last I heard was that he had lost his dongle – sounds like the title of a Charlie Drake song – so he must have now found it!!

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DT 26096

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26096

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Another “exactly what it says on the tin” crossword from J. Unlike last week, I can’t find anything in this to grumble about.

The answers are hidden between the curly brackets, and if you wish to leave a comment, please feel free to do so.

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