October 21, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 654 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 654 by Elgar

Parlez-Vous Franglais?

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

Tilsit has been dragged from the drainpipe in which he was hiding after being shot at by NATO warplanes and detained somewhere in the desert, so you’ve got me again! The hardest part of this puzzle was unravelling some of the wordplay, which was not helped by the error in the published clue for 14a/16a.

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ST 2610 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2610

A full review by Crypticsue

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

This excellent Sunday Virgilius just sneaks into 3* difficulty territory because of the problems I had with why the solution to 6d was what it was (I wasn’t alone!) and the slightly longer solving time, not to mention one application of Tippex!   I still can’t make up my mind whether it’s 3* or 4* enjoyment but it was definitely a great start to Sunday morning however many stars it gets.

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DT 26689 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26689

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I didn’t think that this was one of Giovanni’s more challenging puzzles, but it may come as a bit of a relief to some after yesterday’s effort. I’ve written this with one eye on the TV – hard luck, Wales (if only they’d remembered to pack their kicking boots!), we’ll have to wait for 2015 now.
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DT 26684 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26684

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating –Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Morning All! This was a very straightforward puzzle, a fact borne out by my solving time. Absolutely nothing wrong with it but I felt there was not too much to stir the chuckle-muscles..

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