November 19, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

ST 2562 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2562

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

A puzzle that I found very easy , finishing in the kind of time I can’t quite seem to manage for the Times puzzles any more. I enjoyed 3D in particular, as a lover of the rich orchestral music of “first-class second-rate composer” Richard Strauss. I also enjoyed the reference to slightly more recent music at 23A.

Apologies for this being late – there’s lots going on at the Times xwd website at the moment, including leaderboards done rather better than at the Telegraph.

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Toughie 462 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 462 by Notabilis

The Master at work!

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

Tilsit has sneaked back to hospital for a few days – you just can’t keep him away from those nurses!  The good news is that he has already lost five stones in weight.  The bad news, for Tilsit, is that he has missed out on reviewing this puzzle.

Once again Notabilis has given us an excellent Toughie. This time it’s not as difficult as some of his earlier puzzles, but the quality shines through.

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Church Times ~ Posted on

Church Times – Crosswords

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I have mentioned the excellent puzzles in the Church Times before. These are edited by Don “Giovanni” Manley, and I am delighted to  be able to tell you that this week’s puzzle, #1086, is by Revd Michael Callaghan and can be accessed here.  So what is so special?  Well, the Revd Michael is actually our very own Prolixic and I’m sure you will all join me in congratulating him on his first puzzle to be published in a newspaper.

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DT 26402 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26402

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Today’s puzzle by Giovanni is very entertaining and, in my view, a bit less difficult than we have come to expect from him. I was torn between giving it two or three stars for difficulty – what do you think?
To reveal an answer drag your cursor through the space between the brackets under the related clue.

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