July 14, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 388

Toughie No 388 by Monsieur Busman

Let’s Parler Franglais

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Zut alors! Bearing in mind the date Busman has donned a beret and lit up a Gauloises to give a Gallic motif to today’s puzzle. I suspect that solvers will either love it or hate it. I found it enjoyable as a one-off (though the theme does impose restrictions), so full marks and merci beaucoup to Monsieur Busman for trying something different.
A large number of the clues refer to 18, which is 18d. If I tried to write all the hints for these clues without disclosing what 18d is it would be laborious to write and tedious to read, and since I can’t believe that anyone has got this far without knowing the theme, I’m going to use  “French” in the hints rather than constantly referring to “the language of the person defined in 18d”.
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DT 26292

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26292

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

A harder puzzle this week from Jay but, apart from 13a, all the answers should be in the average person’s vocabulary.  I came down on the side of four stars for difficulty, rather than three, largely because of this one clue, although I had remembered the answer from a very old Toughie (No 162).

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