January 19, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 705

Toughie No 705 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

When Anax posted yesterday that there would be an Elkamere puzzle today I got the knives out and started sharpening them. Sadly I’ll have to put them away for another week at least. But we did get an enjoyable puzzle today which wasn’t too difficult once I’d established a bridgehead. I needed to think a bit more than usual to work out some of the wordplay.

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DT 26766

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26766

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle exhibits the unmistakeable characteristics of one of my favourite setters. A glance at the Quick crossword confirms that Ray T is our Thursday Tormentor.

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