August 24, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 411

Toughie No 411 by Warbler

Warble a happy tune!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

OK, it’s a corny subheading but I couldn’t think of anything else!  Give me something better and I’ll change it.

A straightforward but pleasurable puzzle from Warbler today. About on a level with today’s regular cryptic in terms of difficulty (but only warranting two difficulty stars as it’s a Toughie). I understand some entered a musical note at 27a, a trap I didn’t fall into as I already had 20d.

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DT 26327

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26327

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I’m confused (nothing new there you’re probably thinking!) – Since we had a Ray T puzzle last week it should be a Shamus puzzle today if the usual pattern is being maintained. However, some of the clues have a Ray T feel, and even though not all the answers are single words the Quick Crossword definitely looks as if it’s a Ray T production. Whoever the setter is, he (or she) has given us an entertaining puzzle today with a good mixture of clues, including a few easy ones to get you started. Let us know what you think of it in a comment.
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