March 9, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 315

Toughie No 315 by Campbell

Games People Play

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A much better puzzle from Campbell today, this one took me nearly twice as long as the last two or three. Not yet a difficult Toughie, but definitely a step in the right direction.

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DT 26183

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26183

Hints and tips by Gazza

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A fairly straightforward puzzle from Shamus today, but one with which I have a couple of niggles. Firstly, I don’t think that the cryptic definitions (12a, 19a and 24a) are really that good, and, secondly, “sign” is used in two clues to mean a letter (in 3d it’s used for “first letter”). I can’t really see how “sign of worse” (3d) can be stretched to mean W. Of course you may have a different view – all comments are welcome.
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