January 14, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 494

Toughie No 494 by Elgar

The Triple Whammy!

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

Howdoo all!

After two days of being pummelled by Osmosis and Notabilis, we are hit today with the third part of a triple whammy, Elgar, who is full of deviousness as usual. After completing it, I feel like I have been in the ring with David Haye!

I found that this took me a while longer than usual, partly due to the toughness of the clues, but also due to the large number of “double unches” (two unchecked squares together) which didn’t assist with the answers I had trouble with.

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ST 2570

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2570

A full review by Crypticsue

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

It’s been an interesting process reviewing this crossword some 5 days after solving it – not least because Mr CS had recycled the paper! A bit of a rummage through a heap of papers led me to rediscover that this didn’t take me long to solve; what took the time was working out the wordplay – what Prolixic referred to as a ‘thinking’ crossword – hence the 2.5* for difficulty. Thanks to Virgilius – I did enjoy both the solving and the revisiting for the review writing.

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DT 26449

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26449

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I wasn’t that taken with this puzzle (presumably by Giovanni) when I solved it, because I am allergic to a high-anagram diet. However, I warmed to it somewhat when writing the review. Let us know your views in a comment.
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DT 26444

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26444

A Full Review by Gnomethang

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

Morning All!, I think that we have another puzzle from a mystery setter who is now alternating with Cephas. The clue type and count is quite similar but the wordplay has a different feel to it so I hope I am right. In any case it was a fun puzzle which I enjoyed solving. It also contained a couple of very good &Lit clues.

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