July 23, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 394

Toughie No 394 by Elgar

Here Comes The Groom

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I have been asked to do today’s blog because Big Dave and several other bloggers are off to London to celebrate Elgar’s wedding. Elgar obviously doesn’t want the rest of us to have an easy time either. I found this very difficult and well worthy of being described as a toughie. In the end I did manage to finish it before having to check a couple of answers in the dictionary. There’s still the odd bit of wordplay that I haven’t quite sorted out and I await enlightenment. And I wonder whether I’ve missed any thematic material.

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ST 2545

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2545

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ****

A pretty straightforward puzzle after the two thematic Sundays. Not much excitement on the face of it, but we still get very precise clues, and a little bit of novelty at 20A.

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DT 26300

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26300

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

If last week’s Giovanni was a pussycat then this one has considerably sharper teeth. It may not be a lion but it’s at least a cheetah. But it is a well-behaved cheetah with Giovanni’s usual impeccable clueing. Tell us what you think of it in a comment!
As always the answers are hidden between the brackets under the clues. Highlight the white space between the brackets to reveal.
I’m posting this a little earlier than usual because I’m keen to get to grips with the Toughie to find out what Elgar has provided for us on this auspicious occasion.

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