January 22, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 2519

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2519

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Another Sunday puzzle that’s easy for old hands but precisely clued.

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Toughie 290

Toughie No 290 by Elgar

An A to Z of Stifled Giggles

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Seeing as Elgar and I evidently share precisely the same brain I just flew through this one with barely a pause, but that’s not always a good thing, you know. You miss things. You miss subtleties. You put in answers and don’t really understand why they’re right.

This pangrammatic Friday frolic was bursting with good moments although it’s a case of fingers crossed that by the time I reach some of the clues I’ll have twigged what was going on (although, in all honesty, 10a isn’t far away and that’s the first piece of puzzledom).

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DT 26144

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26144

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We have another entertaining challenge from Giovanni – what more can I say? Fridays and Sundays are definitely my favourite days for the Telegraph Cryptic puzzles. Let us know what you thought, and by all means criticise it if you don’t like it, but please don’t just say something like “it’s dreadful” – give your reasons and examples, so that we can get a debate going.
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