January 28, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 26145

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26145

Take a Bow, Gilbert Burrows –

a full analysis by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

This was more the sort of puzzle that I like to tackle on a Saturday with some good cluing and unusual words and Cephas certainly seems to have upped the ante on recent weeks. That said, the only clue I would have an issue with as unfair is probably the one that some will enjoy the most – 15 down. To me the answer is what I would describe as one step away from the definition, and that makes it too clever for its own good. Had the answer been “Sleep Music”, if such a thing existed, I would be raving about it, but the real answer “sheet music” is one step from that and in my book unfair.

However, I really liked 21 down, 6 down and 11 across. My Latin master at school, Gilbert Burrows used to expound upon unusual words and their origins and meanings and one of them was “peculator” meaning a sinner, derived from the Latin verb ‘pecco’, meaning to sin. It’s taken almost 40 years for the word to be needed, but there it was last Saturday. I am sure if GSB was doing the Telegraph puzzle on his cloud up above, he’d have had a wry smile.

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Toughie 293

Toughie No 293 by Osmosis

A Tale of Four Corners

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

Tilsit had another overlong stay at the hospital this morning so I have dragged myself away from my year-end accounts to solve and review this puzzle.  Having seen earlier plaintive cries in the daily review comments from those who were stuck, I was expecting the worst, but it wasn’t that bad.  I whizzed through the NW corner, gave up on the NE, sailed through the SW  and struggled a bit with SE before finally returning to tidy up the NE.  As I progressed I realised that younger solvers might well have heard of the pop group formerly fronted by the late, much lamented,  Sid Barrett but could well struggle with the entertaining Ms Bryan, a lady who was still performing the splits on stage while well into her seventies.

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DT 26149

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26149

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

I quite enjoyed this, a reasonable challenge and some fun. Some nice straightforward clues to ease you into the crossword, then a nice mix of other clues to keep you guessing for a time. The only issues I have with this are the usual couple of dodgy anagram indicators.

If you highlight the space between the curly brackets you can read the answer or alternatively you can derive the answer from the hints and explanations. All comments are appreciated.
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