January 8, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 2517

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2517

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

A pretty straightforward puzzle this one – with one setter’s slip that’s already been acknowledged. Now that Sunday solvers are used to a different style of puzzle, I wonder whether the difficulty level might be increased just a bit?
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Toughie 282

Toughie No 282 by Notabilis

Only one man found it easy?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

After a run of tough Friday puzzles (and similar scattered over the holiday period) this was some respite for a rather tired brain, and a very nice mix of straightforward clues interspersed with a handful of cleverly constructed teasers.

How easy? Well, we don’t give times here, so can we measure in mugs of coffee? Great – thanks! This was half a mugful and the dregs were still hot enough to drink by the time I reached an inexplicable block at 25d (which is ridiculous when you see how easy it actually is; it’s just that Notabilis has disguised it brilliantly). On first pass I had about half of the acrosses in, which helped me to around two thirds of the downs, and most of the first-pass hurdles were then dealt with quickly.

As ever, my favourite clues are in blue.

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DT 26132

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26132

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

We have another enjoyable puzzle from Giovanni today, which I found a bit more difficult than usual, but not quite up to the 4 stars level. How did you find it?, how did it compare with yesterday’s?, is it the hardest of the week? – your comments, as always, are welcome and appreciated.
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