January 2012 – Page 7 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 26744

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26744

A Full Review by Crypticsue

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

Christmas Eve seems a long time ago but that is when we were treated to this special seasonally- themed puzzle from Rufus.  I always enjoy one of his  Monday puzzles as they are a good straightforward start  to the crosswording week and so it was nice to have this extra Saturday treat, with just the right level of difficulty for a busy day.   My only slight quibble would be that it does seem a little heavy on the double definitions.

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Toughie 697

Toughie No 697 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This was a very entertaining puzzle which was not too difficult (although my slowness to solve 10 across did add a few minutes to my solving time). The theme was not difficult to spot. I had already solved two of the thematic answers and so had an idea what 6 down would be before I’d even looked at the clue.

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DT 26754

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26754

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Ray T makes his first appearance of 2012. Although tricky in places, this is solvable with perseverance and, as you can guess, I enjoyed it.

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Toughie 696

Toughie No 696 by Notabilis

The Triumph of Hope over Experience?

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

This is a thoroughly enjoyable Toughie from Notabilis, worthy of the name Toughie but not so mind-blowing that you have to go and lie down in a darkened room after solving it. Let us know how you got on.
Notabilis often hides a Nina in his puzzles, but I can’t find anything today. Can you?
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DT 26753

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26753

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola and a Happy New Year to one and all.  This is a good start to 2012 from the Wednesday Wizard with the usual mix of clue types and smooth surfaces. I thought for a while we were going to be in 1* territory but I stalled a bit on the last 3 or 4!

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DT 26752

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26752

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Good morning from a stormy, windswept Devon and a Happy New Year to all. Thanks to Prolixic, Gnomey and Crypticsue for doing all my blogging last week and giving me a whole week off.
We have a pretty straightforward puzzle today. Let us know what you thought.
If you want to see an answer just drag your cursor through the space between the brackets under the clue that’s giving you problems.

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DT 26751

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26751

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

May I take this opportunity to wish all of the setters, the bloggers and the solvers a happy New Year! A quite enjoyable crossword today, but 11 anagrams?

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ST 2620 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2620 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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Happy New Year.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.

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