March 1, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 26176

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26176

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This crossword was certainly not on the ‘easy’ side. Let me unabashedly confess that I had a slow start and at one stage I had the following clues yet to go: 1a, 11a, 14a, 25a, 29a and 31a and 2d, 3d, 7d, 21d, 22d and 27d. You will notice that among these are some anagram clues!  In the notes below I will try to say what gives a twist of hardness to some of these.

I generally say that the Monday crossword gives a gentle start to the week. This time it may not have been so gentle, but let me assure you that it is a very pleasant solve and we marvel at the superb cluemanship of our Monday Maestro.

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