June 3, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 574

Toughie No 574 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

Greetings from the sun-kissed Calder Valley. It’s the third Friday, and time for another romp with Elgar, and as usual we are not disappointed. A fair old challenge with a grand batch of clues to make you smile and beat your head against the desk in equal measures.

We also have one of the more unusual grids with four-way symmetry and Elgar has risen to the compiler’s challenge of a pangrammatic set of answers. Thanks to him for a smashing way to start the weekend.

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ST 2590

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2590

A full review by Crypticsue

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

Another great crossword from the Sunday Maestro.   A couple of places held me up for a while but I did enjoy the challenge.    Lots of ‘favourites’ which I have marked in blue but my top clue has to be 23d.   Thanks to Virgilius once again for making us smile while encouraging us to indulge in quite a bit of 7d!

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DT 26569

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26569

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

We have the usual polished puzzle from Giovanni this Friday. I enjoyed it a lot and it was perhaps slightly less difficult than usual (please remember that difficulty is very subjective and the grading can often depend on whether you get one key answer early on very quickly or not). Let us know how you found it in a comment.
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DT 26564

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26564

A Full Review by Gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Morning All!. I think that this week it was the turn of our mystery setter for the Saturday entertainment. There were a few clues that caused some trouble on the day but nothing too difficult. I made it up to 3 stars based on my own solving time and comments from the ‘blog. Continue reading “DT 26564”