April 2012 – Page 2 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 761

Toughie No 761 by Excalibur

Utter tripe? by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A fellow blogger (not BD) sent me an email describing this puzzle as “utter tripe”. I wouldn’t quite go that far. I agree that technically it’s not very good but I found it a pleasant enough solve. Maybe it’s because I’m partial to tripe that I’m being generous and awarding it 3* (rather than 2*) for enjoyment. I have now blogged 9 Excalibur puzzles and have given 7 of them 3* for enjoyment. Other bloggers have blogged a total of about 35 Excalibur puzzles and have never awarded more than 2* for enjoyment. What do other people think of them?

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DT 26850

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26850

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

There’s little to be feared in today’s puzzle from Ray T as long as you ignore the surface readings and seek out the definitions.

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Toughie 760

Toughie No 760 by Kcit

Not Much Fizz

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

I know that it would be asking too much to expect a Dada or Micawber every day but, even so, I did find this one a bit flat with a distinct shortage of ‘penny drop’ moments. What we do have are lots of reversals and container/insertion type clues. I breezed through the top half then slowed up a bit towards the bottom.
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DT 26849

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26849

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja.  Well, after last week’s walk in the park we have a pretty tricky puzzle from Jay this week. It was close to getting 4* but I clicked 13d just in time! I enjoyed the tussle!  You don’t really need to start with the downs but it will help if you have your slightly American hat on today as several of the clues have a distinctly US flavour.

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Toughie 759

Toughie No 759 by Dada

Yellow-bellied and dilapidated!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

To date Dada’s Toughies have appeared on Thursday, Wednesday and Tuesday in that order. Today completes the second cycle, and what a wonderful puzzle this is. I’m yet to be convinced about 14 across, but there is much to enjoy among the rest of the clues, with the blue highlighter being liberally used.

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DT 26848

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26848

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Nothing too difficult today (although there is a pretty obscure American composer, you should be able to get his name from the wordplay and checking letters). We do, however, have a bonus in the form of a Nina with a couple of Quickie-style puns and that earns the puzzle an extra enjoyment star from me – if you haven’t found them look at the bottom of the review.
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DT 26847

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26847

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Libellule is otherwise engaged today so he and I have done a swap, which enables me to blog a puzzle from our very popular Monday setter. I don’t know about you but I thought that this was a bit trickier than we usually get on Mondays. It has a good supply of the trademark cryptic definitions and I found it very entertaining.
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ST 2636 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2636 (Hints)

Hints and tips by gnomethang

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Morning All!. I’m covering for BD whilst he is recovering from his birthday and the Tilsit-hosted Northern Sloggers and Betters meeting in Todmorden.

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Northern Sloggers and Betters Meet

Thank you to everyone who came and made yesterday’s meet very convivial and pleasant.  The venue was delightful (although food service was a bit slow!) and it could only be one of our gang who pointed out that the name of the bar, Bramsche, was an anagram of Chambers!

It was of course Big Dave’s birthday yesterday and on arrival he was greeted by a surprise visit from the fine gentleman above, none other than our very own Myops (aka Mr Wee Stinker!). … Continue reading

NTSPP – 115 (Review)

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 115

“Lonely, Single & Broke” by Nina

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Welcome to one humdinger of a crossword set by “Nina”, none other than John Henderson in drag!  He had donned industrial strength hob-nailed boots for this crossword.  Although there are a number of more straightforward clues, there are some real stinkers.  At the time of preparing the review, the wordplay for 3d still eludes the combined efforts of Crypticsue, Gazza and me to crack it.  Update: Elgar has given us the solution.  See below.

When solving this crossword, you should ignore the preamble to begin with and then solve the crossword as normal.  Although the grid is unusual in design, it is still a regular cryptic crossword.  Instructions will be given at the end on how to reveal the Nina that is hidden in the grid.

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