May 4, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 766 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 766 by Firefly

What’s Your Poisson?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

We’ve had a game of musical chairs this morning and I’ve ended up in Tilsit’s seat while he’s detained in hospital – get well soon, Tilsit!
I wasn’t overly impressed with this for a Friday Toughie. There’s not too much sparkle and some of the clues seem a bit forced. A basic knowledge of French helps.
[I should have noticed – but didn’t – that the puzzle has a capital theme based on 1a.]
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DT 26857 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26857

Hints and tips by Digby

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

A bit of a re-shuffle in Bloggingland, unfortunately caused by Tilsit being detained at the NHS’s pleasure, affords me another turn in the Hot Seat.  My first effort at blogging – back in the balmy days of January – was a Giovanni puzzle. I commented then that “We have a nicely balanced puzzle today from Giovanni. A good mix of difficulty and clue construction (including a couple of “old chestnuts”) that should please everyone”. Déjà vu all over again?

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DT 26852 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26852

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All! We have a pretty standard Saturday puzzle here. I liked it although it lacked a bit of bite in my opinion.
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