April 22, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 26217

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26217

A full analysis by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

The usual mix of good and not-so-good, but continuing the steady improvement.

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Toughie 341

Toughie No 341 by Citrus

After the Lord Mayor’s Show

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Following on from Micawber’s terrific puzzle yesterday was always going to be difficult, but this almost feels at the other end of the scale. It’s certainly harder that most daily puzzles but the truth is that you could probably dash 85% of this puzzle off fairly quickly with the remainder just words that you’ve probably never heard of. The clues are nicely written and sound, but not to the Toughie standard and far too many anagrams.

Apologies for the late arrival, but a visit from a pest-control person resulted in me being evacuated from my flat when he knocked his chemicals over and the flat had to be aired to prevent me from breathing in the nasty fumes.

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DT 26221

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26221

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

A run-of-the-mill puzzle from Thursday’s mystery setter. Comparatively easy, and lacking in inspiration – let me know if you feel differently.

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