June 23, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 376

Toughie No 376 by Excalibur

Robust bus expelled (3)

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Disjointed, lacking structure and providing very little entertainment. But enough of the England football team, what of today’s Toughie? Well, pretty much the same really. I did think at one time that Excalibur’s puzzles were improving a bit after some of the very poor ones from last year, but it’s difficult to find much positive to say about this one (well, one thing, I did quite like 26a). Some of the surface readings (e.g. 19a, 15d and 25d) are gibberish, and there was nothing that made me smile, let alone laugh.
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DT 26274

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26274

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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I can’t think of much to say about this puzzle. Perhaps my mind is on other events today!

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