May 31, 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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