September 15, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 633

Toughie No 633 by Shamus

The Queen’s Speech by Tilsit

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from the Calder Valley. No, you haven’t done a Rip van Winkle and overslept. Bufo is away today and I’m covering. It’s nice to get one of the friendlier setters instead of the Friday Fiends and I’m quite a big fan of Shamus’ puzzles. However, I have to say I felt today’s challenge lacked the usual sparkle. I suspect it was probably because of 1 across, which I am not over keen on.

I also was trying to solve the puzzle online while being attended to by my nursing team and encountered considerable difficulty in doing so. It seems the tech problems are still there and I couldn’t save the puzzle to go back to it.

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DT 26658

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26658

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

A distinctly tougher back-page puzzle which could be the handiwork of one of the Toughie setters (if it is I hope he comes to claim it!).  I found it very enjoyable and if you are struggling it is well-worth the perseverance.

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