March 4, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 522 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 522 by Myops

Not for the faint-hearted!

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

We have waited since last October for this latest magnum opus from Myops – and it was well worth the wait. Tilsit is back in hospital so has missed out on this truly magnificent Toughie.

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ST 2577 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2577

A full review by Crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Big Dave’s introduction on Sunday said it all “Not a difficult puzzle, more a film quiz.” It was essential to read the editor’s note first – “In this Oscars Special, some answers include figures. A figure 1 should be input as the letter I”. Only three answers actually contained numbers, and in one of those the numerals were Roman.

Virgilius’s alter ego Brendan set a similarly themed crossword in the Saturday Guardian, the wordplay of which would have taken some working out, so I was a little apprehensive when starting to solve this one. However, with my love of cryptics and the amount of useful/less(?) trivia I remember, I had no problems at all apart from sorting out the ‘numberals’. Thanks to Virgilius from me and the (relatively few) others who enjoyed solving this one, especially Barrie!

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DT 26491 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26491

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

The normal order seems to have been restored, and this Giovanni puzzle is, for me, the most difficult of the week as well as having some very entertaining clues. Let us know how you found it in a comment!
If you need to see an answer just drag your cursor through the space between the brackets under the clue.

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DT 26486 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26486

A full review by Gnomethang

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

Morning All!. I was not sure on the day if this was a Cephas or not but having reviewed it I am pretty sure that it is – and a good one at that. The number of charade type clues convinced me. Continue reading “DT 26486”