July 13, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 387

Toughie No 387 by MynoT

Out of the frying pan, into the ….

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Having worked out that Mynot’s latest project is to work through the Classical Elements, and Earth and Air having already been covered, I was expecting either Fire or Water and it turned out to be the former.  I have highlighted the main clues with a thematic answer in green.  Although all three Fire signs of the Zodiac are all present, two of them appear in modern form.

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DT 26291

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26291

Hints and tips by Libellule

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I would like to thank Gazza for stepping into the breach yesterday after the various power cuts I experienced. But in repayment, I get to blog this Shamus crossword (a first time for me). First off all, the crossword is a pangram, but although this crossword is a good workmanlike effort, nothing really stands out for me. We also have a bit of a cornery grid, and I thought the cryptic definitions were a bit weak.

If you cannot work out the answer from the hint, highlight the space between the curly brackets.

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