August 16, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 615

Toughie No 615 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Although not too difficult (for me it took less time than today’s back-page puzzle), this was very enjoyable.

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DT 26632

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26632

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

What a lovely surprise! We have a superb puzzle today, a breath of fresh air chock-full of excellent and amusing clues. Even without the big hint at 20a I would have guessed that one of our newest Toughie setters has graduated to the back page. If the Telegraph Puzzles Editor is reading this, could I stress the need to keep this setter for Tuesdays. :D
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