February 20, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

NTSPP – 002 Review

NTSPP – 002 Review

Odd One Out by Prolixic

A Star is Born

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I understand that this is Prolixic’s first published crossword and it’s excellent. He easily succeeds in his stated intention of producing a range of clues which enable all blog readers to have a go. If he can manage a puzzle of this quality on his first attempt, what are they going to be like when he’s really got his eye in?

The theme is of course crossword setters (as defined in 16a). There are nine pseudonyms in total, of which eight are regular setters of either the DT Cryptic or Toughie or both, with only our very own Anax (the Odd One Out of the title) not appearing in the Telegraph (although we all believe that he should, and that it’s only a matter of time!). I’ve prefixed each of the nine names in the answers with an asterisk.

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NTSPP – 002

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 002

Odd One Out by Prolixic

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This is the second in a series of additional weekend puzzles.

After the ridiculous fuss created last week, we should be returning to calmer waters today. Prolixic started by leaving comments on the site, and then rather foolishly tried to drink me under the table at the White Horse a few weeks back (he thought he had a chance because I had already been there for about three hours!). Following this meeting he has written his first review and today we present his debut cryptic puzzle.

The puzzle has a theme, which you should discover fairly quickly, and this will help with quite a few of the clues. To say any more would spoil that “penny drop” moment.

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Latest News

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A few items of news.

Some of you may have noticed that I have changed the title of the site by dropping the word “Telegraph”.  I have done this for two reasons.  Primarily because the emphasis is being changed by the addition of guest puzzles and articles. … Continue reading

DT 26169 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26169 – Hints

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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A few hints for today’s Prize puzzle.

Starting this week, there will be no ratings or comment until the full analysis is published.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them. A full review of this puzzle will be published on Thursday, 25th February.

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