May 4, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Sloggers and Betters 7

Sloggers and Betters 7

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What? The 7th annual “Sloggers and Betters” gathering for crossword setters and blog contributors and readers will take place in London, following on, as last year, from the annual lunch for Times setters.

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Toughie 556

Toughie No 556 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Today we have another really good puzzle from Notabilis – it’s turning out to be a fine Toughie week so far. It’s no mean feat to provide a challenging and entertaining puzzle without needing to resort to a single obscure word or phrase. Let’s have your views in a comment.

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DT 26543

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26543

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hello from a not so sunny Spain! Pommette and I may have taken the sun with us to the UK but we seem to have forgotten to bring it back!

After my rather grumpy blog a couple of weeks ago I’m pleased to say I thoroughly enjoyed this fine puzzle from Jay (presumably it is he) and recommend it to all. There are a few fairly easy clues to get you started and a few to make you scratch your head a bit – a nice mixture IMO. I took longer in the NE corner than the rest of the puzzle put together but looking back I’m not sure why that was.  I’ll be interested to hear how you get on with it.

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