June 17, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 582

Toughie No 582 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Tilsit and Big Dave

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley and from Big Dave Towers! We are doing a double hander today with BD doing the Downs and me the Acrosses. I’m not feeling 100% and will retire to my bed after doing my bit. A lovely puzzle from Notabilis today with plenty to make you smile and nice way to end what I feel has been a mixed Toughie week. It’s one of those puzzles that took a bit of working out, but once you see the answer and match it to the clue, you can see and appreciate the way it works (and the mind of the evil genius behind it!). As usual with Notabilis, some of the clues are innovative ways of working clues, 8 across being a great example. How many setters would have clued it in that way?

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ST 2592

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2592

A full review by Gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Afternoon All!. I’ve stared at this grid seven ways to Sunday and am prepared to stick my neck out and say “There’s no theme in this crossword”!

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DT 26581

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26581

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola again from the Vega Baja – bet you didn’t expect to see me again this week! Gazza is unavailable this morning so I’ve taken up the reins for him.

I’ve never blogged anything other than a Wednesday Jay puzzle so this was an interesting experience. Giovanni has provided a splendid puzzle with some elegant and complicated clues but, thankfully, it’s nowhere near as hard as last week’s!

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DT 26576

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26576

A full review by Crypticsue

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 BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This week our Mystery Setter gave us a very enjoyable, albeit not very time-consuming, Saturday prize puzzle.   Thank you to him (?) once again from us all for an entertaining Saturday diversion, particularly me as the quick solve left more time to deal with our strawberry ‘mountain’ –  more jam anyone??

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