December 1, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 677

Toughie No 677 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

An enjoyable puzzle from Giovanni that caused me no major problems. That now makes eight Thursday Toughies in succession that I have described as non-too-taxing, fairly gentle, benign, very straightforward, etc. I’ll run out of synonyms if this run continues

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DT 26724

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26724

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

It’s always a pleasure when you examine the Quick crossword and discover that they are all the clues and the answers are single words. It means that the odds are heavily on today’s setter being Ray T. I’m not too sure about the “former” in 11 across – is this scheme still going or is it history? [It seems that Ray T is correct in that the scheme is no longer, but the interviews are still with us.]

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