January 3, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Clue Writing Competition

Clue Writing Competition

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Just before Christmas Tilsit offered a small prize for the best clue for THE CRAB.  Twelve entries were received, and these were judged by all the contributors to the blog.  The top five (of which there are six) are as follows:
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ST 2517 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2517 – Hints

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Once again a well-constructed puzzle from Virgilius (the name by which Brian Greer is best known these days). Very few easy clues, but all the answers should be within the vocabulary of the average solver, with the possible exception of 20 down.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.

Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Friday, 8th January.
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