February 18, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 514

Toughie No 514

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley. As many of you know I have had something of a trying week since last Friday with a torrid train journey, a bump in the car, not feeling well but all was rescued by a lovely trip to London on Tuesday to celebrate the 90th birthday of the Guardian crossword compiler Araucaria. There are pictures both here http://www.flickr.com/photos/tilsit/sets/72157625937084625/ and here http://www.flickr.com/photos/30631875@N03/sets/72157625943269143/detail/ and you may see one or two famous faces both from the crossword and wider world! A lovely evening was had by all and I was so privileged to be invited.

Now back to today. I completed much of this puzzle while waiting for my replacement car to be delivered to the garage (it was a long wait!). I have to admit that I have been a little disappointed with the last couple of Firefly puzzles, and this continues the trend. I have enjoyed his puzzles both here and elsewhere but this leaves me a bit flat. I enjoy tougher crosswords but some of the clues here seemed to be complicated just for the sake of it and I don’t understand a couple of the answers. Other Toughie setters manage to combine humour with flair. Here even the humour seems to be forced. A great shame really.

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ST 2575

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2575

A full review by Gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All!. This is my first review of one of my favourite setters. I found this slightly easier than many Virgilius puzzles although it still contained many of his trademarks – well disguised hidden words and some cheeky wordplay that makes you think (e.g. 22a).
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DT 26479

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26479

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This has been an upside-down week for me with regard to the Cryptics. In a reversal of the usual order of things I found Monday’s Rufus to be the most difficult and today’s Giovanni to be the easiest (I don’t expect everyone to agree!). But, easy or not, I did enjoy today’s puzzle – let us know what you thought in a comment!
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DT 26474

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26474

A full review by Crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This was one of those crosswords where I struggled to get going but found when I had finished that it had taken me no longer than usual to solve. Thanks to Cephas for a nice Saturday puzzle with an interesting mix of clues.

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