March 14, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 736

Toughie No 736 by Elgar

Thrice Welcome

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

Elgar doesn’t often stray from Fridays into midweek territory so this excellent puzzle is exceedingly welcome. It’s not as fearsome as some of his but brilliantly entertaining and full of d’oh moments. It also (and I don’t know how he manages to construct a puzzle like it) has a pattern round the outside, which, once you’ve twigged what’s going on, does make it a bit easier.
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DT 26813

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26813

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja.  This was the usual entertaining stuff from Jay but one of my quickest solves ever, I don’t think many people are going to need the hints today! It would have been a straight 1* had it not been for two clues where I made problems for myself. There are no obscure words and five anagrams to give you a start, which I know many of you like. I also expect that some will disagree with my rating!
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