January 2011 – Page 2 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Two Today!

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

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Toughie 501

Toughie No 501 by Cephas

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Without doubt this is the easiest Toughie that I have ever done. Perhaps they are trying to be kind to us after yesterday’s difficult special offering.

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DT 26460

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26460

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

It wasn’t long before I realised I was solving a Ray T puzzle. A glance at the Quick crossword confirmed my suspicions. I’m sure some will disagree, but I found this to be easier than average for this setter – perhaps it’s just that I am so used to his style.

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Toughie 500

Toughie No 500 by Didi Guess

Distinctly Difficult Delight

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

We have a super puzzle today to celebrate the 500th Toughie, set by the mysterious DiDi Guess (with, as is explained in the paper and on-line, the considerable assistance of eight better known setters). We are promised a breakdown of who set which clues tomorrow, so that means we have the opportunity to show how well (or badly) we recognise the characteristics of the individual setters by making educated guesses today.
As is quite usual for me I missed the theme completely until I’d finished (at least I did spot it then – I quite often miss these things altogether until somebody points them out). It’s all to do with the Roman numeral for 500.
So, let us know how you liked it and who you think set which clues and then we’ll all have a good laugh tomorrow when we find out the correct answers. I’ve put a few of my thoughts at the bottom of the review.

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DT 26459

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26459

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Today we have a solid puzzle with a fairly good mix of clue types. One clue, in particular, I found especially enjoyable – that being the one dealing with the Peers of the Realm. If it is original, I am sure many others likely enjoyed it also. If not new, then it is one to be savored by those of us relatively new to this pastime.

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Toughie 499

Toughie No 499 by Busman

More sedan chair than bus!

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Busman is expected to be among those present at the Sloggers and Betters meeting in Derby this coming Saturday. This puzzle is hardly a Toughie, but quite enjoyable nonetheless.

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DT 26458

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26458

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

We have a not-too-difficult puzzle today from a mystery setter, but with a couple of references which may cause head-scratching. After having suggested last week that few would know the name of Colin Cowdrey (and having been shot down in flames), I am reluctant to suggest that the South African golfer in 21a could cause problems for some non-golfing solvers (although he does appear in puzzles from time to time). Let us know what you thought of it in a comment.
To reveal an answer drag your cursor through the space between the brackets under the clue.

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DT 26457

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26457

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

Another non too taxing, yet otherwise pleasant excursion from the Monday Maestro with a number of French references to make me happy.

If you cannot derive the answer from the hint, just highlight the space between the curly brackets.

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NTSPP – 050 (Review)

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 050

Old Timers by Radler

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With a Radler puzzle you know you are in for a tough workout with well hidden wordplay and themes cleverly worked into the grid.  This was no exception.  I have a major grumble with a couple of the down clues that do not (for me) satisfy the rules of cryptic cluing.  However, Radler, like the hero of this puzzle, has been known to break a rule or two in pursuit of a rollicking good puzzle.  Let us know your views.

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