July 20, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 810

Toughie 810 by Elgar

Feeling Vlad All Over!

Hints and tips by Crypticsue and Tilsit (aka Ginger and Fred)

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

Matron has given permission for Tilsit to return to light duties but, as that is not a description befitting today’s crossword, the double act is back! Richard and Judy are busy, Richard is off round his local Tesco and Judy is checking out Oddbins. So Crypticsue has put one her finest chiffon and Tilsit his top hat and tails (think it’s the right way round).

Once again, Vlad has provided us with a top level toughie with lots of tricky clues, groans and d’oh moments which combine to make a very fine brain stretching. It does have a blog-relevant NINA* which helps no end to round up the ‘stragglers’. We both found this right at the top end of things, and although we don’t talk times as a policy here, quite some time has spent wrestling with this.

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DT 26923

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26923

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja.  Pommette’s in the UK again this week so, as I’m at a loose end (!), Gazza has kindly given me the opportunity to blog this Giovanni puzzle. Not sure I really enjoyed it all though, which is unusual for one of his! I thought that there were some very nice clues and some enjoyable penny-drop moments but also some slightly dodgy bits (IMHO) and the gratuitous inclusion of some rather obscure words. Maybe it’s just me being a grumpy old man this morning. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of it.

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DT 26918

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26918

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Morning All!. Discussions among the bloggers suggested that we were expecting a ‘Bastille Day Special’  given the date of the 14th July. Sadly that was not to be!.

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