July 26, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 813 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 813 by Elkamere

Simply the best

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

Bufo is away today, so thanks to Digby for stepping in to review today’s other puzzle, freeing me up to do this one. And what a good week this is – with Micawber and Beam already and Notabilis, who leaked the info on Facebook following Tuesday’s mix-up, tomorrow. We have occasionally referred to Elkamere as being Anax-lite, but not today. This is the third example this week of a true Toughie. By no means impossible, but out-of-the-box thinking is advisable.

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DT 26928 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26928

Hints and tips by Digby

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

“Beware, all who enter here!” Big Dave did warn me that this one somehow found its way onto the back page, but really belongs in Toughie Territory.  Have a go – with lateral thinking, and generous helpings of perservation, it is solvable.  I found the “Downs” marginally easier, so you might try that approach. Happy solving! Continue reading “DT 26928”

ST 2648 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2648

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Lots of grumpiness from the usual suspects when this one appeared on Sunday 15th July but I found it fairly straightforward and a splendid way to start a busy Sunday when for once it wasn’t raining.

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