December 10, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 26104

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26104

A full analysis by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

One of the better Saturday Prize puzzles today – as long as you ignore the surface readings of a number of the clues!
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Toughie 266

Toughie No 266 by Busman

How Are Ye?

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

The other day Giovanni commented about the grading system on Clued Up, and once again we have a puzzle here that I am sure most of you will feel is worthy of more than the grading on that wretched site (currently two stars and three smiles). Part of the problem is that the description gradings are somewhat ambiguous. “Downright infuriating” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad puzzle, yet that presumably awards it one star.

Today’s puzzler by Busman is certainly worthy of a higher grade than it has on Clued Up and is a good challenge for those looking to make the leap from Daily Puzzle to Toughie.

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DT 26108

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26108

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

I don’t think this is as difficult as we normally find on a Thursday, so I hope the rest of you find it a bit easier (especially the CC). But we do have the usual good mixture of clues (although perhaps too many anagrams) and good surface readings. Enjoy.

Did any of you notice that 26a and the bottom and top lines of the crossword read Universal Declaration (of) Human Rights? It was on this day, December 10, 1948 that the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (Well spotted Gazza and Prolixic!)

The answers can be found hidden between the curly brackets. Please let me and J. know what you thought by leaving a comment.

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