December 17, 2010 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 478

Toughie No 478 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

As usual, the Friday Toughie is the hardest of the week, and today’s is certainly at the top end of that scale. There were some really excellent clues, and I confess to having a few wrong answers at first, due to guessing. I had a couple of hassles with the top right corner as I struggled with the wordplay.

I suppose we have been spoiled this week with Notabilis’ excellent puzzle on Wednesday because I felt I didn’t quite enjoy this as much. I thought 6d was a bit of a weak clue and a couple of others were to me less than satisfactory. I don’t like the way punctuation is sometimes used as a device to mislead, or produce a clever surface reading.

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ST 2566

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2566

A full analysis by Peter Biddlecombe

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

Posting in a bit of haste as now much busier than I used to be, so no link to Shenandoah for 25A. If you imagine the same introduction as most of the ones for the last year, you won’t be wrong! I liked the smell of the sea at the end of the Acrosses.

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DT 26426

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26426

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

We have the usual Friday entertainment from Giovanni today. Let us know how you found it in a comment. Any errors on my part today can be put down to writing the blog at the same time as watching the cricket from Perth (a bit of a setback for England!).
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DT 26421

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26241

A Full Review by Gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A pretty standard puzzle from Cephas this week with a couple of niggles/unknowns for me – please help me out if you think I have misrepresented a solution.

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