September 30, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 433

Toughie No 433 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I struggled with this one and it took me far longer than usual. Perhaps I wasn’t on form today! I wasn’t familiar with a couple of words used in the wordplay but otherwise I had no problems understanding the clues.

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DT 26355

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26355

A full review by Crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

When I had finished this crossword, taking twice as long as usual to do so(but still relatively quickly), I wasn’t sure whether I had really enjoyed the process or not. It turned out that I wasn’t the only one – comments ranged from ‘lacklustre’, ‘no pleasure’, and ‘boring’ to it being a ‘typical Saturday puzzle’. I tend to solve the puzzle on a sort of automatic pilot as, if I think about analysing what the type of clue is, I have trouble concentrating on the solving process; so don’t think about this until I do the review and my conclusions about this puzzle are given at the end.

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