November 25, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 465

Toughie No 465 by Excalibur

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

At first glance I was put off by the diagram with its double unches (unchecked letters) and what looked like a lot of black squares. It’s definitely not one of the best grids I’ve ever seen. I found the puzzle difficult but managed it unaided in the end. There several things in the clues that I didn’t really care for but I actually quite enjoyed the challenge.

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DT 26403

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26403

A full review by Crypticsue

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

This Saturday’s offering was one with which I initially struggled but found that going from the bottom upwards made everything soon fall into place. Typing this review has confirmed my thoughts on finishing – that the mystery setter should be thanked for providing a most enjoyable crossword, a nice mix of excellent clues and very good entertainment. (Cephas posted on Sunday afternoon that he wasn’t responsible for this one as after just over 200 consecutive Saturdays, he had this week off) The only shame is that it’s a Saturday puzzle as were it one of Gazza’s days to review, he would have had a field day inserting ‘suitable’ pictures throughout, but sadly the technological complications of so doing are beyond my computer skills!

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DT 26407

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26407

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Today we have a pretty good puzzle.  Can it really be Ray T two weeks running?  All the signs are there – no multi-word answers in this or the Quick and all one-word clues in the Quick.

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