July 28, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 396

Toughie No 396 by Shamus

A Surfeit of Scribbling

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

Not for the first time I find myself reviewing a Shamus puzzle two days in a row. As Toughies go this is not one of the hardest and I enjoyed solving it a lot though I found the right-hand side quite a bit easier than the left.
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DT 26304

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26304

Hints and tips by Crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A fairly straight forward mid week offering from Jay, with the usual number of interesting anagrams and a couple of clues to give you pause for thought, hence my awarding it three stars for difficulty. Although it took me the longest to work out, I am going for 23a as my favourite clue today.

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