June 19, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

NTSPP – 019 (Review)

Not The Saturday Prize Puzzle – 019

A Puzzle by Prolixic

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Evening All!. For the 19th in our NTSPP collection we have a very entertaining puzzle from Prolixic. I found this much more balanced than his earlier offerings and the difficulty level should appeal to all. Enjoy!.

As ever you can leave you assessment via the stars at the bottom and you can check the answers between the curly brackets

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An open letter to the Clueless Club

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Some of the recent posts from members of the Clueless Club have made me despair and so I give below my thoughts on the DT Cryptic Puzzle.

First of all, I am not an “expert”, I don’t think even the most experienced solver – and I speak from the point of view of 40 years of DT Cryptic solving – could ever be an expert as there is always something new to learn every day.  I was introduced to the mysteries of cryptic puzzles by a fellow commuter and was hooked.   They do, however,  take a lot of practice to get into the minds of the various compilers, all of whom have different styles and methods of stretching our brains.

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DT 26271 – Hints

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26271- Hints

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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A few hints just to get you started – more than usual this week as some of the wordplay is a bit tricky.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them. A full review of this puzzle will be published on Thursday, 24th June.

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