January 24, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 707

Toughie No 707 by Messinae

The Devil is in the details

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Although this Toughie was easier than it’s back-page partner, I found it to be considerably more enjoyable.

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DT 26770

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26770

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This is a puzzle with all the hallmarks of Petitjean (my suspicions were first aroused by the Quickie pun). It has some pretty modern references (one so modern that it’s not in my 2008 edition of Chambers) so those who complain about crosswords being designed for oldies should be pleased. It has some excellent penny-drop moments and I really enjoyed it. Let us know what you think.
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