January 27, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 292

Toughie No 292 by Campbell

Smoke and Mirrors

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

There’s nothing really wrong with this puzzle (if you disregard a couple of dodgy anagram indicators) except that it’s not really a Toughie. All the clues, with the possible exception of 12a, could have appeared in a daily cryptic, and not one of the harder ones at that. So, what’s going on? Surely, with the luxury of having two cryptic puzzles in the paper, it should be possible to arrange it such that there are two distinct ranges of difficulty?

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DT 26148

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26148

Of Riddles and Pots

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Our Wednesday Wizard took us for a pleasant stroll down Crossword Boulevard this morning with a fairly friendly set of teasing clues. And, by the looks of it, one of the days when the Daily puzzle is actually tougher than the Toughie! Particularly liked 8 down which was clever and a new cryptic definition on me.

The answers, should you need to see them, are hidden between the curly brackets beneath the relevant clues – just slide your cursor through the white space between the brackets to highlight them. Have your say on the board and rate the puzzle with the star system, which to me is much more credible than Clued Up. The Clued Up rating system is very ambiguous and really doesn’t say anything.

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