April 28, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 344

Toughie No 344 by MynoT

Alphabet Spaghetti

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

MynoT always has something clever in his puzzles and, having failed to notice the message around the periphery in his last puzzle, I was determined to spot the trick this time. He does give us a good hint in 6a – as well as producing a pangram containing all 26 letters, he has placed each letter in alphabetical order in the answers, so that 6a-26a in turn contain A-M and 1d-21d contain N-Z. As I usually do with MynoT’s puzzles, I found this one tough going, with my man Chambers on overtime, but there was a sense of satisfaction when the final answer went in.
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DT 26226

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26226

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

For me this was a harder than usual puzzle from Jay. The Northeast corner caused most problems, but as is usual in such cases, it’s difficult, in retrospect, to see why.

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