January 17, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 703

Toughie No 703 by Giovanni

It’s a Dog’s Life

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

I have complained in the past that some of Giovanni’s Toughies would be better suited to the back page. Not this one!  This was, in my opinion, his best for a long time.  A number of lesser-known words and one of those anagrams that is indicated by part of the answer – all conspire to make this a lot harder than the usual Tuesday fare.

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DT 26764

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26764

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Libellule is still tied up today so you’re stuck with me once again – that’s the bad news. The good news is that our manager has taken advantage of the January transfer window to sign up an exciting brand new blogger who will be making his or her debut on Friday – so that’s something different to look forward to.
Today’s puzzle by the Mysteron is just about as straightforward as they get and it’s only really my abysmal typing skills which have promoted it from one to two stars for difficulty. However, as we always say, the difficulty level is nothing to do with the enjoyment factor, and it contains some entertaining clues. It does, unfortunately, offer limited opportunities for visual aids.

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