April 20, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 758 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 758 by Ozymandias

Nudge, Nudge: Wink, Wink!

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley! As you are probably aware, there was a bit of a mix-up this morning with the puzzle previously inadvertently published a couple of weeks back being republished this morning on line and a different puzzle in the paper. However all is now sorted out and we have a pleasant puzzle by Ozymandias to tackle. I can confirm that our setter today is not the previously published setter that has used that name in the past.

A nice enjoyable puzzle, well suited to Friday, which kept me amused on a bus journey this morning, with a little tip of my hat to Crypticsue who helped me with a couple of stuckages. I am a bit concerned about one or two words used as anagram indicators that wouldn’t normally be so, but it’s a small point in a good puzzle.

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ST 2635 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2635

A full review by gnomethang

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

Afternoon All! This week we had a superbly themed puzzle by Virgilius to mark the Centenary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The grid was packed with thematic references in the answers and surface readings and there are other answers that are broadly nautical as well if not directly related to the disaster itself. Thematic answers and surface readings are highlighted in OLIVE

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DT 26845 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26845

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

There’s a shortage of religious references today but otherwise it’s a fairly typical Giovanni puzzle (which means that the wordplay is impeccable). Let us know how you coped with it.
To reveal an answer drag your cursor through the spaces between the brackets under the clue; if you are viewing the log on a mobile device then there’s some help on how to do this in the FAQ section.

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Northern Sloggers and Betters ~ Posted on

Northern Sloggers and Betters

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Tomorrow sees the Northern Sloggers and Betters gathering which will be held at the Bramsche Bar in Todmorden, Rochdale Road from noon onwards. Big Dave and myself will be there along with a number of other setters and solvers. These meets are relaxed, friendly and very enjoyable. It would be great if you could come and join us. We would love to see you.

Here’s the venue: http://www.bramsche.co.uk. The bar is about 200 yards from Todmorden Rail Station and parking is just across the road or to the rear of the venue off Water Street.

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Today’s Telegraph Toughie ~ Posted on

Today’s Telegraph Toughie

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Today’s website Toughie is the puzzle that was inadvertently printed in some papers a week last Tuesday. The blog for this puzzle can be found here: Toughie 758 (Original Newspaper Version)

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DT 26840 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26840

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

A typical Prize Puzzle from the Saturday Mysteron – a straightforward solve with a nice mix of clues including one particularly straightforward clue which caused a great deal of discussion as to the accuracy of the definition therein.   My favourites are highlighted in blue.
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