October 28, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 449

Toughie No 449 by Shamus

Give your brain a workout!

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

A very entertaining puzzle from Shamus today that had me scratching my head to resolve all of the wordplay.

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DT 26379

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26379

A full review by Crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Many thanks are due to Cephas for another very enjoyable Saturday puzzle. I have given it 3* for difficulty as my solving time was fairly quick – the only real problem I had was with my senior moment at 15d – my handwriting for all the other clues is extremely neat so I obviously didn’t have to struggle much with anything else. Other solvers didn’t agree but luckily the blog lived up to Big Dave’s introduction – “the wordplay will be explained by fellow solvers in simple, easy to understand, terms”. Today Mary was the fellow solver who did more than any of us to give explanations, although she has declined BD’s offer to produce next week’s hints!

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DT 26383

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26383

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Unmistakably a Ray T production, although I did have a quick peek at the Quick crossword in order to check and it comprised one-word clues. I found this to be one of his easier puzzles and came close to incurring the wrath of some by giving it two stars for difficulty.

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