December 4, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 2512

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2512

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

Another easy but very classy puzzle from “Sunsetter”. I wondered whether there was a little theme when the two crossing words in the middle both had two Vs and so did 8D, but I guess this could just come from the need to fit in with the two long across answers.

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Toughie 263

Toughie No 263 by Firefly

Suddenly I See

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

A mixed bag of clues in a moderately difficult puzzle. I’d expected the NW/SE corners to be sticking points but they fell pretty quickly – in the fact the same was true for the other pair; it was just a small handful of answers (with all checkers in place) that caused some head-scratching.

In terms of entertainment… well, it was sort of OK really; not exactly bursting with wordplay fireworks but little to complain about either, although there are a few little errors of syntax. There were five theme answers to spot (all examples of 9d).

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DT 26103

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26103

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

It’s Friday, so it’s Giovanni day and we have another excellent puzzle from many people’s favourite setter. As is often the case it was a couple of the short, four-letter, words which gave me most trouble – being a bit of a philistine in matters operatic, I had never heard of 1d, and I was held up for a while by 23d.

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