January 28, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 502

Toughie No 502 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

Another splendid puzzle from this talented young setter. The puzzle contains a nice mix of challenging clues, plus some moments to make you smile.

It’s good to know that with setters like Micawber (and Paul of The Guardian) the future of crosswords is bright. I’d include Elgar in the young category, but he’s been around since the ark! Good luck to everyone at the gathering in Derby tomorrow, and if you are able to make it, please do. Crossword gatherings are not at all stand-offish or nerdy. In fact Big Dave will personally buy everyone a drink there. (WARNING FROM BD: Claims like this are not necessarily honoured. Your home is at risk if you put a tin of petrol in your microwave and switch it on.)

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ST 2572

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2572

A full review by Crypticsue

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

Another Sunday treat from Virgilius – a super mix of clues from the straightforward to the very deceptive; so thanks once again to the Sunday Supremo for an excellent, enjoyable brain stretching workout.

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DT 26461

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26461

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This is a pleasant, not overly difficult, Giovanni production. Let us know your views in a comment.
If you want to see an answer highlight the space between the brackets under the relevant clue.

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DT 26456

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26456

A full review by Crypticsue

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

This Saturday was the turn of the mystery setter to provide some excellent entertainment – one of those puzzles where I started off thinking I might struggle, soon got into the swing of it and ended up delighted to have solved it in a good time. A very nice mix of clues…or were there too many double definitions?.

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Two Today!

Big Dave’s Crossword Blog celebrates its second birthday today!

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Two years have passed and the success continues. … Continue reading