July 24, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

NTSPP – 024 (Review)

NTSPP – 024

A puzzle by Anax

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One of Anax’s fortes is his ability to create clues that seamlessly merge definition, wordplay and link words. Looking at one of his clues you can never sure where one part of the clue ends and the other begins. In today’s cracker of a puzzle (pun intended), this ability comes to the fore with so many good clues it is difficult to pick favourites. Ones that I particularly enjoyed for the wordplay or surface reading are highlighted in blue.

There is a theme in this crossword. A number of the clues rely on definitions that are not given in the clues themselves but are defined by the wordplay in the clue (not the answer) to 22d.

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DT 26301 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26301 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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You will probably have gathered by now that the Wedding of the Year was held yesterday – hence the hints being a bit late.

This was me and the missus yesterday (taken by Tilsit):

And this is the happy couple:

I’ve added a few other pics to the facebook page.

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