December 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 26750 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26750 (Hints)

The New Year’s Eve Crossword Club

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Happy New Year everyone.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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Toughie 694

Toughie No 694 by Micawber

Looking Back

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

Today we have a very special guest blogger.  Jon88’s impeccable credentials include membership of the National Puzzlers’ League, crosswords published in the New York Times, Washington Post and Games magazine, regular solving of Times, Telegraph, Spectator and Private Eye puzzles. And I nearly forgot – he has won the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament no less than seven times.  Quite how he also finds time to work in theatre and cabaret is a mystery!  He was the assistant musical director for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey for five years.  BD

Tilsit is off this week in a land without Internet, newspapers or television (Narnia?), but before he left, he flung the keys across the pond and appointed me the designated driver.  Micawber has given us a memorial puzzle of sorts; explanation down below.

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DT 26749

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26749

Hints and tips by Crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

For the third time this week, Gazza has kindly vacated the hot seat to allow one of his fellow bloggers who doesn’t normally get the chance to do an on-the-day review to have a go.   If he had his unaccustomed but well-deserved  lie in, he will have missed a superb sunrise which kept distracting me from the job in hand, the review of this very enjoyable Giovanni puzzle.

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Toughie 693

Toughie No 693 by MynoT

What an Effin’ Toughie!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

The first thing I did with this Mynot puzzle was to determine which letter he has reached in his journey through the alphabet. Once that was established it was a fairly easy solve which I might well have given ** for difficulty had I not stalled on the last couple of clues.

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ST 2619

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2619

A full review by Gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All!. We had a very nice festive puzzle from Virgilius which was one of the first to get us into the Christmas mood. I don’t think that there was anything too tricky on the day but would be interested in any elucidation on 1a, and if there is any more in the clue than myself and BD can see.

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DT 26738

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26738

A Full Review by Crypticsue

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

The Mysteron puzzle  on  Saturday the 17th  certainly divided opinions on the day.    We seemed to be evenly split between the ‘that was easy’ brigade and those like me who seriously felt that their cryptic brain cells had gone into pre-Christmas meltdown.   The difficulty rating above reflects the views of both ‘camps’.  One thing we did all seem to agree on was that it was very enjoyable.

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Toughie 692

Toughie No 692 by Petitjean

He’s back and he’s cool, tight, wicked, sick, sweet, nice, bad and chill!

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

Afternoon All!. Gazza is taking another break and kindly asked me if I would like to blog today – I was happy to oblige and delighted to get a fine puzzle from Petitjean. The usual trademarks are there: Food, contemporary music references, a bit of slang, some very well disguised definitions with great penny drop satisfaction plus a couple of clues where one might possibly gripe on the lack of definition by example!. I gave this 3 stars for difficulty and have highlighted my favourites in BLUE.

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