October 5, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 644

Toughie No 644 by Giovanni

Wisdom of The Fool

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This is only marginally more difficult than one of Giovanni’s Friday back-pagers though it probably has more clues where a smattering of general knowledge is useful. As is often the case I got both long anagrams from the enumeration first and worked out the fodder afterwards (which is why I’m not very keen on long multi-word anagrams). There’s a factual error in 2d but that didn’t impair my enjoyment of the puzzle.
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DT 26675

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26675

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja.  First I would like to say a big thanks to the DT crossword editor, Phil McNeill, for emailing me the puzzle at midnight last night, otherwise you might not have had a blog today! Also thanks to Libellule for organising it.

As for the puzzle – a bit trickier than the last couple of weeks, I thought, so I’ve gone for 3* difficulty. Although about 80% of it went in easy enough I sort of ground to a halt on the last 3 or 4 so I’ll blame it on brain fade at 0100CEST! The only thing wrong with this puzzle is a distinct lack of picture opportunities but I’ve had a go (and managed a car)!

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