December 8, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 472

Toughie No 472 by Micawber

Play it Again, Sam

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

Magnificent stuff from Micawber today and nowhere near as difficult as he can be. I did think at one stage that it was going to be a pangram, but it’s not. For me this is an ideal Toughie – witty, clever clueing with lots of “aha” moments and not an obscure answer in sight. You may gather from this that I liked it a lot.
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DT 26418

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26418

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

An enjoyable, if not overly difficult, offering today from Jay (I presume).  There is a fairly nice mix of clue types, although I expect some will think that there are too many “first and last letter of …” type clues in the puzzle.

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