June 1, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 782

Toughie No 782 by Elgar

A Portrait of the Artist

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley (I think!). Thanks to Big Dave for looking after things while I was in hospital and getting poked and prodded last week.

I have returned to another absolutely stunning Toughie from Elgar (or Vlad the Impaler, as Crypticsue is wont to call him!). This one however is rather unusual. I suspect most of you will have solved it without realising that there are FIFTEEN (at least!) themed references in either the answers or the clues. If you get all fifteen then I suspect you are Elgar or (Mrs Elgar!).

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DT 26881

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26881

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

I’m still knackered for my excesses of the last couple of days, so in many ways I was grateful that I was able to complete this puzzle quickly while still half-asleep.  To be fair it fits the brief for a back-page puzzle but without causing me to get the blue highlighter out.  I started top left and worked steadily through, none of the clues requiring more than a second glance.  Many thanks to Gazza for standing in for me yesterday.

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DT 26876

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26876

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Morning All!. I found this a good test for a Saturday and this was reflected in my solving time which might have edged the **** difficulty.

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