February 1, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 712

Toughie No 712 by Micawber

Just what the doctor ordered

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

A puzzle by Micawber is the very thing to cheer me up on a freezing winter’s morning. This is not one of his more difficult ones but is excellent entertainment.
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DT 26777

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26777

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja.  Another treat from Jay which I found both tricky and amusing in places. A 2* solving time (but very close to 3*) but the variation in difficulty between the clues is quite large, similar to last week’s puzzle.

There seem to be quite a lot of “take the first and/or last letter” type of clues this week but no substitution clue.

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