August 3, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 818 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 818 by Osmosis

Shifting into Reverse

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley and a big thanks to Crypticsue for stepping in and helping me and covering for me over the past couple of weeks. Today’s Friday Fiend is Osmosis and he returns with a suitably difficult puzzle that caused a fair bit of head scratching. The puzzle is full of the usual Osmosis hallmarks, including a reference to his beloved Manchester United.

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DT 26935 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26935

Hints and tips by Libellule

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

Its a bit like musical chairs this week, Gazza is taking a few well earned days off, and I have stepped in to cover for him. Its always a pleasure to blog Giovanni, dissecting the word play makes you realise just how good a setter he is. This is an entertaining puzzle thats not overly difficult. The three long anagrams provide good access to the puzzle if you manage to crack them early.

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DT 26930 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26930

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Cephas returned with a nice Saturday prize pangram with an enjoyable mix of clues, including his favourite anagrams; the clue at 3d being, for me, the main reason why the puzzle was slightly trickier than usual.

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