January 7, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 281

Toughie No 281 by Shamus

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

If you found today’s daily cryptic a little too easy, then have a go at this one!  Difficult but fair, and very enjoyable. Shamus at his best? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.

Tilsit is still unwell, but hopes to be back soon.

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DT 26131

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26131

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

I am not sure what to make of this. Some of you will love it and some of you will dislike it. Personally I am in the I disliked it camp. I found the cryptic definitions to be poor (except perhaps 6d), and except for a couple of clues found nothing particularly inventive. By the time I had finished it I wondered why I had bothered. Usually blogging the crossword is an enjoyable exercise, this was more like a chore.

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