December 2, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 261

Toughie No 261 by Shamus

Around the World – But No Cruise

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

For the second day in a row I’m doing a review of a Shamus puzzle. In his review of the Cryptic today Big Dave reckons that this one is easier than the Cryptic;  I have to disagree – whereas the Cryptic is quite tricky, I found this one was a degree harder with my Chambers in constant use. I did enjoy it – it felt like a trip around the world with references to south sea islands, French dramatists, Italian painters, Icelandic sagas and American presidents – and we still have time to call in at Mecca and East Africa. I’ll be interested in your comments!

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DT 26101

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26101

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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

Tilsit escaped from the Calderdale Colditz this morning and should be back with you tomorrow.

Surely no one other than Elgar could have set this puzzle [I was wrong, this is not by Elgar]. I found it to be a mix of good and bad clues, some of which seem out of place in a daily cryptic. I’m sure you will all have your favourites and your pet hates. Personally I did today’s Toughie in about half of the time I spent on this one.

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