June 15, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 790

Toughie No 790 by Notabilis

Challenging Behaviour

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley. It’s been a fairly enjoyable week of puzzles in the Crossword World this week, with some splendid challenges in all of the papers. Today’s Notabilis was the cherry on the top of the rich cake we have enjoyed this week. The last puzzle from the mind of our esteemed setter was remarkable and this one is another challenge, but considerably more difficult than 777. I did have to seek assistance from one of my colleagues for a couple of answers.

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DT 26893

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26893

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Giovanni has told us in the past that he likes to provide puzzles for solvers with different levels of experience and this one should be within the compass of nearly everyone. As we always say, just because a puzzle is relatively easy does not mean that it can’t be entertaining and there are some very enjoyable clues here.
Let us know what you thought of it. If you are a long-time lurker, or even an occasional visitor, who’s never left a comment then today would be an ideal time to introduce yourself – we are a friendly bunch and won’t bite!
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DT 26888

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26888

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

The Saturday Mysteron presented us with a crossword which took me slightly longer to solve, mainly held up by two in the SW corner.  Definitely a crossword for fans  of double definitions.   Thanks to the SM, my favourites are highlighted in blue.

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