May 9, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

The All New Toughie Crossword Book ~ Posted on

The All New Toughie Crossword Book

100 of the most difficult cryptic crosswords

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The Telegraph has just released two books of Toughie Crosswords, covering the first 200 Toughie puzzles.  I was pleased to see that, in his Editor’s Note, Phil McNeill describes Elgar as being “known to his fans as ‘Vlad the Impaler'”.  You read that here for the first time in a comment that I made back in July 2011.

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Toughie 768 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 768 by Elkamere

We’ll Take That As Red

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

We have a very entertaining puzzle from Elkamere, but with one clue which is bound to infuriate half of the solvers (to be fair Elkamere has made its wordplay about as easy as he could). There is a mini-theme relating to alcohol. I enjoyed it a lot – how about you?

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DT 26861 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26861

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja and welcome to my 50th blog – not exactly Sachin Tendulkar but a half century ain’t bad!

We have a rather unusual grid today with twelve sets of ‘double unches’ but it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of another excellent Wednesday puzzle.

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