November 18, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 670 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 670 by Notabilis

A collection of things!

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

I tend to run out of superlatives when reviewing a Notabilis puzzle. This one hits exactly the right mark for the Toughie genre … and there’s a Nina running along the long diagonals to boot!

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ST 2614 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2614

A full review by Crypticsue

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

One of the many ways my crosswording  life improved after I ‘found’ Big Dave and his blog was that I became a regular solver and then a  fortnightly  reviewer of the Sunday puzzle.    This week’s offering was another candidate for best puzzle of the week, containing the excellent clueing, trademark hidden words and a few d’oh moments too.  My top favourites are marked in blue.

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DT 26713 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26713

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Another Friday, another Giovanni puzzle. How did you get on with it?
If you want to see an answer just run your cursor through the space between the brackets under the clue.

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DT 26708 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26708

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating –Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Morning All!. Last Saturday’s puzzle marked the 25th Anniversary of the first puzzle published in the Daily Telegraph by Cephas, a.k.a. Peter Chamberlain. In retrospect this means that I have probably solved more of his puzzles than any other setter’s. His style is very recognisable and sits well with the ‘Prize Puzzle’ ethos in the Telegraph being consistent, enjoyable, sometimes tricky but never absolutely fiendish in style (although he often sets harder puzzles in the Toughie). This puzzle was pretty much archetypal in this regard.

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