Monthly Archives: May 2011

Toughie 571

Toughie No 571 by Beam

A bit of “How’s your Father”

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

This great puzzle from Beam is laced with innuendo. Tuesday has not been a good day for Toughies recently, but this has been the best since Beam’s last offering four weeks ago.… Read More

DT 26566

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26566

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

I found this pretty straightforward today except for two plants that I’d never heard of and those two are the reason for the third difficulty star. Let us know what you thought of it in a comment.
If you need to see an answer just highlight the space between the brackets under the clue.… Read More

DT 26565

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26565

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** - Enjoyment ***

Not an overly complicated crossword today, although I haven’t seen the phrase at 8d since I was in the Navy CCF at school and I don’t think 5d works very well. Otherwise as entertaining as ever. Favourite clue 22a.… Read More

NTSPP – 068 (Review)

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 068 (Review)

Map by Elgar / Enigmatist

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For the uninitiated, Sloggers and Betters (a spoonerism of Bloggers and Setters) is a convivial evening involving lots of alcohol and a meal when setters of crosswords, bloggers and solvers meet in a pub and then a nearby restaurant.… Read More

ST 2590 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2590 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.… Read More

NTSPP – 068 (Comments)

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 068

Map by Elgar / Enigmatist

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Welcome to the latest in our series of weekly puzzles.

This puzzle was distributed by Elgar at the S&B 8 meeting on 24th May 2011 and he has kindly given permission for it to be reproduced here.… Read More

DT 26564 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26564 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.… Read More

Toughie 570

Toughie No 570 by Notabilis

q.v.?

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley. Feeling rather under the weather, suffering a nasty dose of cellulitis in my left leg. However, I was cheered when I found that today’s Friday challenge came from Notabilis. We are presented with the usual elegant and mind-bending clues with clever and witty surface readings.… Read More

ST 2589

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2589

A full review by Prolixic

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 BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Crypticsue is sunning herself in foreign climes so I have the honour the blogging a Virgilius crossword for the first time.  This was not Virgilius at his most devious but even with his more straightforward crosswords there are the usual penny drop moments, supreme craftsmanship in the clues and all round enjoyment. … Read More

DT 26563

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26563

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

It’s Friday so, as usual, we have an entertaining puzzle from Giovanni. Let us know your opinion of it in a comment.
If you want to see an answer just highlight the space between the brackets under the relevant clue.… Read More