August 9, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 821

Toughie No 821 by Firefly

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

A few tricky down answers at the end pushed my time into the 4* difficulty zone. I’ll be interested to here whether other solvers had problems or whether I was having an off-day.

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DT 26940

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26940

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Swapping days with Pommers this week has given me the chance to blog what I’m pretty sure is a puzzle by Petitjean, one of my favourite setters (though I prefer his back-pagers to some of his Toughies). I thought that this one was a fair bit easier than his previous couple of crosswords (which evoked howls of protest) and I was tempted to give it 2* for difficulty but decided that might induce apoplexy in some readers – so I’ve settled for 3*. I enjoyed it a lot. How about you?

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ST 2650

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2650

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All! Given that I am currently on holiday and have no idea what day it is I realised that I had forgotten to blog this – hence the alarm call at 6 this morning to get up and do it!. We have a very pleasant puzzle from Virgilius that most found quite straightforward.

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