December 7, 2011 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 680

Toughie No 680 by Osmosis

Silvers – Better than Gold

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

I really enjoyed this puzzle, although I thought it was fairly mild in terms of difficulty. Osmosis quite often hides Ninas in his puzzles but I can’t find any today – let us know if you can!

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DT 26729

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26729

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja where it’s pretty chilly but the sun’s just come over our back wall so it might warm up a bit soon.

The usual excellent stuff from Jay today which I really enjoyed solving.  Perhaps a bit more than usual because I actually met Jay at the Sloggers and Betters in Derby last week and a very nice chap he is! It’s a bit more personal when you can put a face to the setter! Based on my solving time I’ve gone for 2* difficulty but having written the hints I think there are a few tricky ones here so I won’t be surprised if people disagree.

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