May 11, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 351

Toughie No 351 by Excalibur

Four Letter Words!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

A routine puzzle from Excalibur, which had too many four letter words for my liking. There was a bit of a glitch with the grid in that 7 down was missing, but this should be corrected by now.

I have never heard of the phrase at 32 across, despite having played the game for over 25 years and play to a reasonable standard. I liked the cryptic definition at 8 down but after last Friday’s splendid challenge, overall this didn’t really give me the same buzz. Shame really.

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DT 26237

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26237

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

It’s Ray T’s turn this week, and as usual he’s provided an entertaining puzzle with some very good clues. I know that some people find Ray’s puzzles harder than other puzzles during the week, but all I can say is keep persevering and if you can’t get the answer and have to look between the brackets make sure that you then understand the wordplay!
Your comments, as always, are very welcome.
For new readers, the answers are present in the review but concealed between the curly brackets under each clue – if you want to reveal one, highlight the space between the brackets.

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