May 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 781

Toughie No 781 by Petitjean

Hints and Tips by Bufo

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

I found this to be a puzzle that was enjoyable even though I struggled with it throughout. The design of the grid means that the puzzle is effectively four minipuzzles linked by the four 3-letter words in the centre. I did these minipuzzles in the order NW/SW/SE/NE and none of them were easy. Perhaps I haven’t yet got back into gear having had a week off last week.

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DT 26880

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26880

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Big Dave has not yet made it home after yesterday’s festivities in London so I’ve been given the opportunity to review a Thursday puzzle. This wasn’t one of my favourites – some of the surface readings are a bit weak and few of the clues stood out. Let me know your thoughts about it.
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ST 2640

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2640

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***


If weekend reviews had subtitles, the review of the puzzle for Sunday 20 May  would be ‘the one where we had to go out and buy a paper’  as the online system was not working for most of the morning.   Well worth a trip to the paper shop or we would have missed another splendid crossword from Virgilius.

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Toughie 780

Toughie No 780 by Firefly

Great Expectations

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

This is an enjoyable but fairly meaty Toughie – I struggled with the SE corner where the last few clues took me as long as the rest of the puzzle put together. The last time I blogged a Firefly Toughie I missed the fairly obvious theme – I’ve looked a bit harder at this one but can’t spot anything (famous last words). Thanks to Firefly for the entertainment.
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DT 26879

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26879

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja.  The usual excellent stuff to brighten up an already bright and sunny Wednesday morning! Maybe I’m just in a good mood today but I really enjoyed this puzzle even though it didn’t last long. As is often the case with a Jay puzzle it’s probably better to start with the downs – on first pass through I got 5 of the acrosses but then 12 of the downs and for once the two long anagrams fell quickly!

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Toughie 779

Toughie No 779 by Excalibur

Surprise, Surprise!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Yes, I was surprised as this is not a bad puzzle. A few minor quibbles, but overall a big improvement on recent crosswords from this setter.

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DT 26878

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26878

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Most of the clues today are fairly straightforward but the compiler has thrown in a few trickier ones (18a and 7d, for example) to keep us on our toes and there are also a couple where a bit of general knowledge is required, so I’ve upped the difficulty rating to three stars. Let us know how you got on.
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