March 18, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 530 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 530 by Elgar

Fatal Distraction!

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley! We finish an absolutely brilliant week of puzzles with one of Elgar’s crackers. I thought that following the dazzling Dada debut would be tough, but Elgar has managed it with a puzzle that contains lots of really fine clues. Because there are two long answers that spread round the perimeter, they provide you with quite a solving foot in the door. There’s also a sort of sub-theme with a lot of the answers being of a Gallic nature.

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ST 2579 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2759

A full review by Gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Another classic Virgilius puzzle that really does tick all the right boxes – It was even better when reviewing than when solving as I had cause to break the clues down and consider the merits. Apart from some well signposted tricky words I think most people found it relatively straightforward.
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DT 26503 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26503

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A not-too-challenging puzzle from Giovanni today with his usual nice mixture of clues but, unusually, no religious references at all. Let us know how you fared in a comment.
To reveal an answer slide your cursor through the space between the brackets under the clue.

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DT 26498 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26498

A full review by Crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Although there was some muttering from the grumpy corner about this crossword, I quite like a gentler Saturday puzzle – why shouldn’t the old cryptic grey matter have a day off after a week of tussling with Toughies and the like, so thank you to Cephas. This crossword came with the added bonus of being a Pangram.

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