August 15, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 824

Toughie No 824 by Shamus

Less of a Tiger and More of a Pussycat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

There are some good penny-drop moments in this puzzle but there’s also a great deal of wordplay involving adding or subtracting single letters. I don’t dislike this as much as some of our commenters do but even I got a bit fed up with it by the end. The puzzle (a pangram, by the way) is fairly tame by Toughie standards.
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DT 26945

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26945

Hints and tips by scchua

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Today we welcome Scchua to the blog.  He has been posting excellent reviews on fifteensquared for a while and I thought it was about time that he joined us here.  Pommers, Pommette and I met Scchua at the Sloggers & Betters meeting in Derby last year, while he was visiting the UK.  You can see a picture of of him, with regular commenter Andy and today’s setter Jay, on the blog’s facebook page.  BD

This is my debut on Big Dave’s, so hello to all, and I look forward to being part of the community. I’m still learning to use the software, so there could be some problems with layout. More important, I hope I’ve got the right balance between giving too much or too little away. So please let me have your comments. Regarding comments – because I’m in a very different time zone, I may not be able to respond until the next day. If there are any gaps in the blog, I’m sure there will be others happy to fill in, and thanks to them.

This was a kindly puzzle for a first blog. I put it at between 1 and 2 for difficulty – lots of containment clues, and after a while one can get used to the style. It was fairly enjoyable, between a 2 and 3, I feel, so thanks to the setter. I know that these ratings are very subjective, so mine may be very different from yours.

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