April 22, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 550

Toughie No 550

The Really Good Friday!

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley and thanks to Big Dave for helping me out at short notice last Friday. It’s that time of the month! Elgar’s here to brighten your Good Friday and he’s produced a stunning challenge that contains lots to make you think with a big smile on your face.

Putting my nerd hat on, if there was such a thing as my favourite blocked crossword grid, this is it. I don’t think I’ve seen it in the Telegraph before, but it’s one that is often used in The Graun and was regularly used by my favourite compiler Bunthorne, who used the long answers to hide his trademark big anagrams.

We have a big anagram here today by Elgar and it’s one I haven’t seen used before in a puzzle.

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ST 2584

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2584

A full review by Gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Afternoon All! This was another very good Virgilius puzzle. There were no themes that I could see but it was a solid and very enjoyable puzzle. Continue reading “ST 2584”

DT 26533

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26533

Hints and Tips by Crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Firstly thank you to Gazza for giving up his Friday slot so that I could do an ‘on the day’ review and also for helping this Luddite with the necessary technological wizardry.     I thought this was a typical Giovanni puzzle with a very nice mix of clues, extremely clear anagram indicators and his usual religious references being especially relevant to today.   Thanks to Giovanni for a very nice start to the day – just right for solving and then getting outside to enjoy the good weather!

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DT 26528

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26528

A full review by Crypticsue

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

This was one of those Saturday Prize Puzzles that left me in a good mood for the rest of the day. It was fun to solve, with some very good clues and great penny-dropping moments. I then had even more fun working out the wordplay out for the review. Thank you very much Mystery Setter, more of the same please!

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