January 14, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 285

Toughie No 285 by Busman

Can you tell your Arias from your Elbows?

(thanks to Prolixic for the subheading)

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was only slightly spoiled by the serious error at 13 across – checking letters and the wordplay mean that the Verdi red herring shouldn’t hold you up for long. Busman’s previous Toughies have tended towards the easy side, this one is more difficult without being impenetrable.

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DT 26137

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26137

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

Well its Thursday again, and after I had finished this, I thought I would be be repeating my views of last week. But after I had written the blog I thought it was not as bad as I originally thought. Mind you that doesn’t make it particularly good. One problem I had was the lack of variety, how many rats, steamships, first letters, last letters etc. did you find? Ho hum.

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