July 27, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 395

Toughie No 395 by Giovanni

Sounds of the Sixties

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

You never quite know which Giovanni is going to turn up when you tackle one of his Toughies.  Having said that, it didn’t take me long to realise that I was in for a struggle today.  The usual smattering of religious references and (almost – see 24a) impeccable cluing produced an excellent puzzle.

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DT 26303

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26303

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Two clues turned this Shamus puzzle, for me, from a 3* to a 4* for difficulty – 14a which was the last to go in and which I’d have got much quicker if I’d realised earlier that it contained the one letter necessary to turn the puzzle into a pangram, and 30a which I made much more difficult by foolishly writing in 23d as a noun rather than a verb. Let us know how you got on in a comment.
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