June 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 26906 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26906 (Hints)

Big Dave’s Crossword Club

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.

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Toughie 798

Toughie No 798 by Elgar

When Nina met the Prince of Darkness…..

A Review from Crypticsue and Tilsit

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

Greetings from oop North and dahn Sarf. Crypticsue and I are delighted, in the best tradition of Richard and Judy, to host today’s epic from our arch-tormentor, Elgar.

It has to be said that this was one of his toughest challenges and both of your hosts found this a ferocious struggle. However perseverance paid off and this was a most rewarding solve with a nice amusing surprise. The puzzle contains a Nina (a hidden message) but there is a bonus clue to help you identify it. This is discussed at the end of the review so as not to spoil things for you.

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DT 26905

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26905

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This is a fairly gentle puzzle by Giovanni with none of his usual religious references. I’d never heard of the composer at 6d but the name wasn’t difficult to get from the checking letters. Let us know how you got on and your view of the puzzle.
If you need to see an answer just drag your cursor through the space between the brackets under the clue that’s causing you problems.

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DT 26900

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26900

A full review by gnomethang

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

Morning All! My apologies for the delayed review of last Saturday’s prize puzzle. A scheduled office meeting was extendeed into a local hostelry and then to a curry house. The keener eyed among you will have noticed that I am a bit light in the ‘Downs’ department. These will be up shortly.
Anyhoo, we had a great puzzle last Saturday in my opinion; a good degree of difficulty and some fine clues.

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DT 26904

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26904

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Certainly not by Ray T, but probably by the other Thursday nemesis, this puzzle is fairly easy if you can think out-of-the-box. The rest will probably think it’s very difficult. You have been warned!

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ST 2644

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2644

A full review by crypticsue

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

Another  typical Virgilius creation guaranteed to start Sunday morning off with a smile.   If you can remember that far back, this one appeared on Sunday 17 June.


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Toughie 796

Toughie No 796 by Beam

Wot? No Anagrams?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Usually when I finish a puzzle my sheet of A4 is covered with circles of crossed-out letters, but today it looks positively virginal. I have no ‘A’s written against individual clues and my anagram count in the top-left-hand corner is resolutely stuck on zero – I didn’t miss them at all! What we do have is a few of Beam’s trademark innuendoes and the usual references to Queen (as well as ‘Mercurial’ – were we meant to think of Freddie?). As well as having no anagrams the puzzle has no hidden word clues, usually a favourite of Beam.
Let us know how you got on and please remember to indicate your enjoyment factor by clicking on one of the stars below.

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DT 26903

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26903

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja.   On the night shift again! Been out to dinner with some friends and got home at exactly 0100CEST so the puzzle had just come on line and it seemed rude to ignore it!  Glad I didn’t as I really enjoyed it as an after dinner treat (if  I’d gone to bed at that time I would have been very grumpy in the morning)!  Maybe it’s the post prandial brandy but I thought one or two of the clues were a bit tricky but overall not too hard, maybe only 2* for most of you but it was just into 3* time for me.  Nice spread of clue types today though so that added to the fun.

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