June 24, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 377

Toughie No 377 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

It was a pleasant, non-controversial puzzle with some nice clues for me to blog this week. There was nothing really obscure in it and for once I had no problems working out the wordplay.

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DT 26271

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26271

A full review by Crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Reading the first few clues, I had to check whether I had the right day of the week, as it seemed to me that the puzzle was slightly harder than previous Saturday offerings. Once I got into it, however, and 1a’d to the compiler’s cunning plan, it turned out to be a relatively quick solve with some splendid clues, 17a, 27a, 2d being just some of my favourites.

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DT 26275

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26275

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I have nearly worn out the blue highlighter today – there were so many excellent clues in this puzzle. Once again we don’t know the name of the setter, but we have not had a puzzle as good as this one on a Thursday since Jay relinquished the slot at the start of the year.

The clue at 8 down is one of the best I have seen in a long time. I hope the setter owns up to this one.

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