June 1, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 572

Toughie No 572 by Osmosis

If You Don’t Like Football It’s Tough

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

This is a superb midweek Toughie from Osmosis, jam-packed with “penny-drop” moments. It’s not terribly difficult (nothing obscure) but it is tremendously entertaining. Let us know what you thought of it in a comment.
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DT 26567

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26567

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I feel like a circus performer working without a safety net tonight. In the past, Big Dave has always forwarded a copy of the completed grid as a backup in case I am unable to solve a clue. However, tonight I guess he decided to take the training wheels off the bike, as I did not find a filled in grid in the package. Luckily, it was not needed.

I awarded this puzzle two stars for difficulty, given that I was able to solve it without the need of electronic assistance. I perhaps should clarify that statement – I found solutions to all the clues, but I remain perplexed by the wordplay at 4d. That mess I leave for Big Dave to clean up in the morning.

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