February 17, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 722

Toughie No 722 by Myops

Caledonian Charivari

(aka Salmond Chanted Evening….)

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BD Rating – Difficulty *****2Enjoyment ***

Greetings from the Calder Valley! Time to renew acquaintance with our Scottish setter Myops. Today is not so much a Wee Stinker (his other regular crossword) as a *&*&^^^%! Stinker, in fact probably the Toughest of the Toughie puzzles series. This was a ferocious beast that took an awful long time to crack and I suspect this is not going to please most solvers. There are some cracking clues, but the use of a great many obscure words with obscure definitions add to the solver’s woe. Normally when I have been wrestling with Elgar or Osmosis, I have a feeling of satisfaction but that didn’t seem there today. Thanks to Crypticsue for a couple of pointers as well.

Subscribers to Another Newspaper’s Crossword Website are treated to a monthly prize puzzle which is at this end of the scale with obscure words. This puzzle would have sat nicely in that series.

Can I put in an early recommendation for tomorrow’s NTSPP puzzle by Omnia (Who? All will be revealed!) Without giving the game away, it’s something a little special.

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ST 2626

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2626

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Afternoon All! This week saw a slightly gentler puzzle that was no less enjoyable and very well crafted as we have come to expect from Virgilius.

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DT 26791

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26791

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Last week I gave the Giovanni two stars for difficulty and provoked a lot of disagreement. Undeterred, I’m awarding this one the same – do you agree this week? It’s got some very good clues and I enjoyed it.
If you’re stuck for an answer even after reading the hint just highlight the space between the brackets under the clue.

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DT 26786

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26786

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Before I started to solve this Prize Puzzle, I couldn’t remember if it was the turn of Cephas or the Mysteron – a count of the anagrams soon convinced me that it was definitely a Cephas puzzle, as usual an enjoyable Saturday morning interlude.

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