November 25, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 674

Toughie No 674 by Firefly

History Lesson

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from the Calder Valley. Firefly is back with what I consider to be a real improvement on his last couple of challenges. Not the hardest of puzzles but one which brought about a bit of head-scratching and a reach for the history books.

Like Gazza earlier, I have been having real problems with the Telegraph website. I haven’t been able to access the site much this week and have been lucky that chums have sent me copies of the puzzles scanned from the papers. There are issues known around midnight, but as far as they are aware it should be OK at other times. I know that Phil McNeill, the Puzzles Editor, will usually take note when people mention having difficulties here. Of course if you have a problem that needs to be resolved, or want to register that a problem has occurred so that they know about it, you should contact Telegraph Customer Services via the site.

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ST 2615

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2615

A full review by Gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Afternoon All! I really enjoyed solving this puzzle on Sunday, containing as it does a couple of terrific hidden words and a great &Lit. No hidden themes but with puzzles of this quality you don’t always need them. I have given it two stars for difficulty although a few of you struggled a bit. I suspect, though, that you are all improving in this regard!

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DT 26719

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26719

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I eventually (on my twenty-seventh attempt) managed to get into the on-line site this morning and printed out the puzzle, but the effort of doing that obviously tired it out so it sulked for the next hour.
I thought that this was a pretty entertaining puzzle with a number of smiles. Let us know how you found it.
If you want to see an answer just highlight the space between the brackets under the clue.

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DT 26714

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26714

A full review by Crypticsue

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BD Rating –Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

The Saturday Mysteron’s turn to entertain us this week and he didn’t disappoint.   A very entertaining mix of clues, complete with a nice example of relevant  back page product placement for those of us who still solve using the newspaper version.  Favourites are, as usual, marked in blue.

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