May 11, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 560

Toughie No 560 by Petitjean

Norwegian Blue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

When I first read through the clues to this puzzle I thought that it was going to cause me a lot of problems, but in fact I managed to progress fairly steadily through it, helped by a couple of guesses at answers based on the definition and checking letters, which I then had to justify retrospectively from the wordplay. I have a couple of niggles but on the whole I enjoyed it.
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DT 26549

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26549

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hello from the Vega Baja on a beautiful sunny morning. At least the weather here has resumed normal service over the last few days!

Maybe it’s just me but I think Jay has raised the bar a little on this one and based on my solving time I’ve had to give it 4* for difficulty. (I really must stop staying up late to solve the crossword. It doesn’t come online until 0100CEST and my brain isn’t really in gear at that time of the morning! )
A nice mix of clues with a couple of obscure words and phrases to get you thinking.

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