July 4, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 800

Toughie No 800 by Giovanni

Dancing with Walt, Zing, Matt and Hilda

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

I enjoyed this puzzle. It put up a struggle but a bit of persistence worked and the clues fell regularly (last one in being 4a after I realised that resistance wasn’t R). After last Wednesday’s anagram-free puzzle from Beam I thought at one stage that we had another today but it was not to be and we ended up with four.
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DT 26909

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26909

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa where we are experiencing a spell of sunny, 30+ degree weather. We just celebrated Canada Day on July 1 and our neighbours to the south are celebrating their national holiday today. So Happy Fourth of July to any American readers out there. The puzzle makes no specific mention of the occasion (only a passing reference to an American in one clue), but there is certainly ample food and drink to throw quite a party.

I found the puzzle, while quite enjoyable, to be a bit less difficult than usual. Jay has also given us a good variety of clue types today. There are the customary ‘select certain letters from a word’ clue (but the puzzle is not overloaded with them) as well as at least one of his substitution type clues.

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