February 19, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 2523

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2523

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

As you probably expected, your Sunday setter took full advantage of the puzzle appearing on Valentine’s day. Every clue is about romance, and so are many answers.
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Toughie 306

Toughie No 306 by Micawber

Sprint to finishing line – finishing line disappears!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

Probably my fastest TT solve ever until I reached the very last clue (thanks to BD for helping out). I’m not quite sure why the solve was so quick because, looking back through the clues again, I think there are some quite tricky bits; in fact there are some answers I placed without full understanding of the wordplay, so this review might just contain a few um-ah-er moments. We’ll see.

Easy as it was, it was still enjoyable. A couple of surface readings look less than convincing but I’m very biased in having that area of clueing as the main thing I aim for when writing. To many solvers it’s not that important.

As is my wont, favourite clues are in blue.

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DT 26168

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26168

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

You may have gathered that Giovanni is not exactly flavour of the week on parts of this site, but he invariably produces exceedingly good puzzles, and this one is well up there. Let us know in a comment whether you enjoyed it as much as I did.
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