May 11, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 770

Toughie No 770 by Elgar

Moonlighting?? – No, Just Dancing on the Sand!

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

Matron has  insisted that young Tilsit remain for another week in Convalescent Corner, which means that I have crept out of the Weekend Retreat for the second time this week, in order to blog my first whole Toughie.  Having sorted out the wordplay (I hope!), I do wonder if perhaps Matron knew what Tilsit was in for with this particular crossword!!

At the bottom of the puzzle in the paper it says ‘All at sea?  See the note under the back-page Cryptic Crossword solution’.   Look there and, if you can read upside down, you learn that tomorrow is the 200th anniversary of the birth of the 6a whose best-known work is celebrated here.

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DT 26863

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26863

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Giovanni has his trickier hat on today, but this one is well worth persevering with and has some cracking clues. How did you fare with it?
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DT 26858

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26858

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Cephas put on his slightly trickier hat last Saturday and gave us an entertaining  crossword with a nice mix of clues, including his usualbeautifully indicated anagrams.   The difficulty rating just sneaked into the 3* category because of problems I had with two clues.

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