December 17, 2009 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 26110

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26110

A full analysis by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

One of the better Saturday puzzles, but still among the easiest of the week. As has been the case for several previous weeks, this one is pangrammatic – that means it contains all 26 letters of the alphabet.

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Toughie 270

Toughie No 270 by Messinae

It’s Four In The Morning and….

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Yes, it’s four a.m. and have just realised I have a day of messy hospital appointments ahead of me (Curse that perpetual calendar I bought from a man with a nice line in pattter!), so I’d better get today’s Toughie sorted out. I quite liked this puzzle and it contained a fair challenge with a few good clues, though I felt the four-letter answers were rather weak double definitions. There is also a serious spelling mistake in the last across clue.

Let me know your thoughts, and don’t forget to rate the puzzle with the star system at the end of the blog.

Assuming the doctor remembers into which end of me to insert his probe, I shall be back later with the review of last Saturday’s puzzle.

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DT 26114

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26114

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

A bit trickier today than last weeks.. how many of you put the wrong answer in for 1a? I only knew I had made a mistake when I was entering the crossword on CluedUp. On another note how many of you thought 21a was a good clue or a bad clue?

The answers as usual can be found hidden between the curly brackets. Comments appreciated.

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