October 19, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 652

Toughie No 652 by Kcit

A Tale of Two Cities

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

When I found out (last night) that today’s Toughie setter was to be Kcit I checked out what I’d written about his most recent Toughies and I could really just write “ditto” for this one. The puzzle is fine, it has some good clues, but basically it doesn’t rate as a Toughie and therefore I didn’t enjoy it that much. Now that we no longer seem to get Toughies from Busman, Campbell or Cephas, Kcit’s puzzles are the easiest Toughies – that’s my view. Discuss!

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DT 26687

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26687

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja, where Autumn has set in – jeans, socks and rugby shirt required today!

A super puzzle today from the Wednesday Wizard with some fantastic clues. I thought it a bit trickier than his recent offerings but very entertaining and I nearly gave it 5* for enjoyment, but that might be just due to my mood at the moment. A few ‘D’ohs’ and a few bangs of the head on the table as the pennies dropped but that may be due to having visitors and therefore more than the usual excessive alcohol intake!
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