April 28, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 553

Toughie No 553 by Warbler

Heads you win…

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Bufo is in transit today so BD kindly offered me the chance to blog today’s Toughie. Little did I know that I would have a nice gentle Warbler crossword to review. Her crosswords are always fair and usually at the easier end of the spectrum of the Toughies. Today’s is one of her easier crosswords but none the less enjoyable. My only minor criticism is that there is a heavy reliance on using the first / last / middle letters of a word as part of the solution. However as I am a man of “superb taste” I hope that Warbler will forgive me!

I have highlighted my favourite clues in blue. I am on spring cleaning duty today so will be back later to add some pictures and look at any feedback.

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DT 26538

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26538

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Thursdays without Ray T can sometimes be very dull, but not today. We have an excellent replacement which I really enjoyed. I have been persuaded by Crypticsue to increase my original difficulty rating, so I’ll be interested to know what you think!

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