April 1, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 538

Toughie No 538 by Myops

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

The Friday Challenge this week comes from Myops and as usual with his puzzles, I found it quite a tough challenge and if I am honest, not as enjoyable as the other puzzles this week. I did wonder whether we would be treated to something appropriate for the day, but it was not to be. There is a mini-theme and a sort of Nina related to 5 down in the grid.

There are some nice clues and clever constructions, but whether I am feeling a bit drained from my recent exertions and a bit all puzzled out (you’ll get to see why on BBC4 in September!), but I just found it difficult to tune in to this puzzle. I think I’ll have to spend time wrestling with the Wee Stinker puzzle to get inside Myops’ mind a little.

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ST 2581

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2581

A full review by Crypticsue

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

This crossword is a very good example of why Gnomethang and I have this complicated weekend-puzzle-blogging schedule – neither of us wanted to miss the opportunity to review such wonderful cryptics with all the clever clues and wonderful wordplay. Thanks once again to Virgilius for another Sunday treat – definitely the highlight of the cryptic solving week.

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DT 26515

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26515

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

We have a fairly standard Giovanni puzzle today. Let us know how you got on with it in a comment.
If you want to see an answer just highlight the space between the brackets under the relevant clue.

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DT 26510

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26510

A full review by Gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

We have another very entertaining puzzle from Cephas this week, all his trademaerks are there. I found this fun to solve and not too tricky apart from forgetting the fruit of the hawthorn AGAIN!

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