May 27, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 361

Toughie No 361 by Kcit

Hints and Tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

After the puzzles of two weeks ago (too easy) and last week (too obscure) I had hopes that Kcit would pitch it just right. I wasn’t disappointed.  I got becalmed with 4 answers to go but eventually got moving again.
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DT 26247

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26247

A full review by Crypticsue

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

[Today I would like to welcome Crypticsue to the review panel.  She becomes our first lady blogger, and will be appearing from time to time, other commitments allowing.  Her next post will be Monday’s daily cryptic.]

This Saturday’s puzzle was just right – not too difficult, a couple of tricky ones if you didn’t spot such things as the placing of a comma or a capital I (20a and 26a) and even the chance to learn a historical word (20a)

I am torn between a 3 * or 2* for difficulty (after 40 years I may find some puzzles easier than those with less experience) but definitely a 3* for enjoyment.

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DT 26251

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26251

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

I quite enjoyed the crossword when I did it, but when I started writing it up and realised just how much first and last letters are used, and the fact that there are 12 anagrams in 30 clues I began to change my mind… The Thursday crosswords seemed to be getting better over recent weeks, this one seems like a step backwards. Anyway feel free to leave a coment.

Hopefully the hint should give you all you need to get the answer, but if you still have a problem highlight the space between the curly brackets.
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