September 2, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 626

Toughie No 626 by Elgar

Good Things Come in Threes

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley. Thanks to Big Dave for covering while I had a wonderful week’s holiday in the Lake District last week.  Three days after coming home and unpacking, I had to repack and spend a couple of days back in Calderdale Hospital.   Luckily I managed to escape last night and am now under the care of the District Nursing team for a few days.

We have the return of Elgar today with a fine puzzle that contains lots of things to make you smile, think and bang your head against the wall in equal measure.  Although it’s my least favourite grid in the crossword world (each corner only has one way in, so if you get stuck you are really stuck!).   However there are some great clues that will have you scratching your head and appreciate Elgar’s magical craft.

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ST 2603

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2603

A full review by Gnomethang

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

Afternoon All!. We had a pretty tricky puzzle from Virgilius which I downgraded to *** difficulty as I was being a bit dense on the Sunday Solving. The enjoyment of the wordplay, however, warrants a **** in my book. What makes increases the difficulty here is Virgilius’ accomplishment of superb surface readings and aptly chosen synonyms – you look and gasp sometimes (particularly the two &Lit clues). There is a convincing story that is very difficult to crack to get the real definition.

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DT 26647

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26647

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Giovanni follows his excellent Toughie yesterday with a less tough but still very enjoyable back-page puzzle. How did you fare? Leave us a comment!
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DT 26642

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26642

A full review by Crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

The usual straightforward start to a Saturday morning from Cephas  (thank you to him), this time with leanings to the French side of the Channel and the added bonus of a Pangram.  The clues I particularly liked are highlighted in blue.


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