Daily Archives: February 10, 2012

Toughie 718

Toughie No 718 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley. Our Friday Fiend is Firefly who has produced an interesting and challenging puzzle that will delight some, and perhaps infuriate others. I found it more enjoyable than some of his recent offerings but I found a couple of clues that could only be solved once I had the answer, which isn’t the point of a crossword, as far as I am aware, in other words a bit too clever for their own good. I’d be interested to see if anyone managed to solve 12 across without getting all the intersecting letters. Lots of clever surface readings but again the odd one that doesn’t quite work for me.

I looked around for a theme, or a Nina, especially given the grid used, but couldn’t see anything other than a linked clue.

ST 2625

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2625A full review by Crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

An unusual mix of clues this week from Virgilius – not one single anagram, and, unless you count 1a (which is sort of hidden) none of the trademark hidden clues either. This time more straightforward than tricky but as usual excellent fun. Favourite clues highlighted in blue.

DT 26785

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26785

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

We have a really enjoyable puzzle from Giovanni today with some great clues. Let us know how it grabbed you.

DT 26780

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26780

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Morning All! We had an enjoyable puzzle last Saturday which was made more difficult from a hangover caused by my Birthday the previous day!.My solving time put it in the 3 star category but might not be representative.