January 13, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 284

Toughie No 284 by Micawber

Tempus Fugit

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

If a decree were to be issued from the Telegraph command bunker, saying that in future all Toughies would be compiled by a single one of the current setters, then I would opt for Micawber. He produces challenging puzzles with excellent cluing, he doesn’t need to resort to lots of obscure words, but most of all, he consistently makes me laugh. I enjoyed solving this one so much that I was sorry when I, eventually, finished – but I was cheered by the prospect of having to go through all the clues again to write the review.
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DT 26136

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26136

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Although I found this a bit on the easy side, it was nevertheless a very enjoyable puzzle – presumably from Jay, our newly installed Wednesday Wizard.

If you were wondering where Tilsit is today, he’s taking a short break in Amsterdam. According to his Facebook entry, last night he stuffed his face with a fab Italian meal and is now chilling with coffee and crosswords.

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