February 10, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 300

Toughie No 300 by Excalibur

Not a Load of Laughs

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

There’s not a lot of variety in today’s puzzle with a lot of clues being container types, where you have to put x (or an anagram of it) inside y (or an anagram of it). Actually with this setter they’re mostly expressed backwards, as “y, x included”. I didn’t really enjoy it that much, though there were a few nice clues.
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DT 26160

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26160

Container, contents and charades

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

Tilsit is back at the hospital this morning, but this time as the courier not the patient.  On hearing this Prolixic made an offer that was difficult for me to refuse – and one that by now he might be regretting – and has written today’s blog.  BD

Today’s crossword is brought to you courtesy of the letter C. Most of the clues are charades (add two words together) or container and content clues (put one word inside another) with very little other variety in the clues. Those looking for lots of full blown anagrams will be disappointed. This lack of variety reduced the enjoyment of the puzzle for me.

Although there is a lot of repetition, our Wednesday Wizard is, as ever, fair in his cluing and there are some nice surface readings.
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