May 13, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 353

Toughie No 353 by Busman

The Busman’s Holiday is over!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I had a few pints with Big Dave at the White Horse on Saturday and foolishly offered to do a bit of blogging for him. So here’s the result.

I must admit to not being too familiar with the Toughie crossword so I didn’t know what to expect. I was disappointed with it because I found it somewhat on the easy side. But it was a pleasant enough solve with only one or two things that I had to check.

[My subheading refers to the fact that Busman’s last Toughie was published on 25th March. BD]

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DT 26235

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26235

A full review by Gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All! Following our recent meeting at the White Horse, Parson’s Green (where we were discussing the cutting edge of crossword theory) BD asked if I might like to take on the Saturday review. Working full time precludes getting a review out on the day so this is a perfect compromise as I have 4 days to get the writing done. Thanks to BD for the opportunity (I was going to suggest it anyway!).

Whilst there were a few obscure and abstruse words here they were in general clued sufficiently clearly to allow solving (with maybe a dictionary confirmation afterwards). The two star rating reflects my solving experience as compared to some recent Cephas puzzles but please let us know what you think.

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DT 26239

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26239

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I quite enjoyed this when I solved it, and have stuck with my four-star rating. While writing the review I realised that there is a surfeit of charade/word-sum type clues.

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. You can also add your assessment by selecting from one to five stars at the bottom of the post.

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