February 4, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 506 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 506 by Osmosis

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

Greetings from a wind and rain-lashed Calder Valley and a feeling-grotty Blogger.

Whether it’s the weather or my grottiness, but I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as others by Osmosis, who is normally one of my favourite setters. I found it a bit of a slog rather than a challenge with a few weak, almost contrived clues on display rather than the usual elegant surface readings. There is still much to be admired in the puzzle and I have highlighted favourite clues in blue.

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ST 2573 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2573

A full review by Crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

As I said to Gnomethang, we are going to have terrible trouble reviewing Sunday Prize Puzzles as Virgilius gives us such wonderful entertaining clues that we are going to run out of superlatives. Today’s puzzle was no exception – it had a theme, a variety of wonderful clues and was enjoyed by all.

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DT 26467 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26467

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

I’m feeling in a particularly good mood today (the start of the Six Nations rugby tournament always cheers me up) and I really enjoyed this Giovanni puzzle. Let us know whether you feel the same way about it in a comment.
The answers, should you need them, are lurking between the curly brackets under the clues. Highlight the space between the brackets to reveal one.

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DT 26462 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26462

A full review by Gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Morning All!. We had a pretty standard difficutly puzzle from Cephas this week but my enjoyment was spoilt by the Charade count – the whole puzzle felt a bit samey and a few very good clues didn’t really help improve my opinion.
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