August 16, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 26946

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26946

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja.  I found this puzzle to be very enjoyable, perhaps because I solved it this morning instead of in the middle of last night!.  There are quite a few penny-drop moments and some clever cluing so definitely a 4* for me.  It should have been only 2* difficulty but on first pass I confidently put in two answers for across clues that later turned out to be wrong, which of course held me up for some time with the downs!  Quite a bit of chemistry included, surely that couldn’t have been done on purpose!
I thought it might be RayT’s turn today but now I’m not sure. There is one Queen reference but it’s a bit short on innuendo. Perhaps he’ll drop by and let us know.
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ST 2651

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2651

Hints and tips by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All!. I found this puzzle reasonably straightforward although I couldn’t remember how I arrived at 2d when writing the review and there was a bit of controversy on 5d on another site – it does appear to contain a factual error although that didn’t really affect the ability to solve the clue – more of a niggle.

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