July 22, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 393

Toughie No 393 by Kcit

Going through (Spaghetti) Hoops!

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

A fine Thursday puzzle by Kcit with a good set of challenging clues beautifully written with nice surface readings. The answer to 1 across appeared in DT Cryptic 26263 last month, which I also blogged.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to wish my dear friends John H  (Elgar / Enigmatist / Nimrod) and Jane T  (Jetdoc) all the best on the occasion of their wedding tomorrow. I hope to be at the reception and look forward to toasting their health and happiness, along with many crossword friends.

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DT 26295

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26295

A full review by Crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Cephas gave us a very enjoyable crossword this week – Barrie summed it up nicely “ Very interesting and enjoyable puzzle … very tough in parts… but … an encouraging start” and I can’t think of anything I could say which would describe it up any better than that. My BD rating reflects the difficulty of some of the clues and the fact that we all got a great deal of pleasure from solving the puzzle.

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DT 26299

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26299

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment **

It’s mystery setter time again.  If you don’t enjoy charades, then you’d better give this one a miss!  A couple of good clues get all but drowned out by the rest, but they rescued this puzzle from one-star status.

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