July 4, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

NTSPP – 021 (Review)

NTSPP – 021 (Review)

A puzzle by Biddle

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Welcome to Peter Biddlecombe as the lastest in a long line of professional setters. With his recent debut in the Church Times, he joins the ranks of Anax, Tim Moorey and Bufo as those who have had their crosswords appear in print and who have appeared in the Not The Saturday Prize Puzzle series.   I hope that this will be the first of many from Biddle on the site.

This was a themed crossword based on the recent epic 11 hour match at Wimbledon. For someone who is not a follower of tennis, I needed to research some of the older players! Because of the theme and the need to work some complex names into the wordplay, some of the clues were not as smooth as I might have liked but this did not detract from a fine puzzle. There are a few minor comments that I have made in the notes below.

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ST 2543 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2543 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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It shouldn’t take long to spot today’s theme!  As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.

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.

Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Friday, 9th July.

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