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

DT 26484

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26484

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

I hadn’t expected another Ray T puzzle as we had one last week – all the usual signs are there, so it must be him. For me, the best challenge of the week – and not a single answer of less than five letters!

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Toughie 516

Toughie No 516 by Osmosis

Cogito Ergo Word Sum (I think I’ve got the wordplay)

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Afternoon All!. Gazza has graciously stepped aside this afternoon to let me have a bash at my first Toughie review. I must admit to a feeling of trepidation when I realized it was to be Osmosis as I sometimes struggle with him.

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Unlock the secrets of the setters

Unlock the secrets of the setters

with the Guardian’s Paul

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On 24 March, top Guardian cryptic crossword setter Paul will be giving members of Guardian Extra a fascinating insight into the mysterious and wonderful minds of the the Guardian cryptic crossword setting team.

How does one become a cryptic crossword setter? How are cryptic crosswords written? What is a fair clue and what isn’t? What is the secret of crossword comedy?

Paul, aka John Halpern, will charm and delight you as you enter the mysterious, bamboozling, magical world of the cryptic crossword.

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DT 26483

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26483

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

While I enjoyed this puzzle and was able to complete it fairly readily, I found it considerably more of a challenge to review. I found that the clues ran the gamut – from quite simple to very tricky. For a while I thought it might merit 2* for difficulty, but a few clues whose wordplay left me scratching my head for quite some time caused me to rethink the rating.

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Toughie 515

Toughie No 515 by Busman

More meaty than usual!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

While this is not a Toughie that is likely to have been published on a Friday, it is a little more difficult than Busman’s usual offerings. I didn’t like the double-unches and had to look up 24 across, after guessing the first four letters, and 4 down.

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DT 26482

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26482

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This week it’s the turn of our mystery setter. Let us know your opinion of the puzzle in a comment.
If you want to see an answer slide your cursor through the space between the brackets under the clue.

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DT 26481

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26481

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment ***

For those who struggled last week, I think you will find today’s crossword nice and straightforward (somewhere between one or two stars for difficulty I think). We have the usual mixture of anagrams, double definitions, cryptic definitions etc with smooth surface readings. Classic Rufus!
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NTSPP – 054 (Review)

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 054 (Review)

A Puzzle by Prolixic

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Prolixic has delivered another very competent puzzle which has something to offer everyone – some good starter clues then a few more that will stretch most solvers.

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