August 17, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 826

Toughie No 826 by Notabilis

Operation Underline

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

Tilsit is on holiday somewhere in the Lake District leaving me to review this excellent puzzle from Notabilis.

Following the success of underlining the definitions, introduced by Scchua on Wednesday, I have decided to try it out myself. All definitions in the clues have been underlined, and omitted from the hints unless further explanation has been added.

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DT 26947

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26947

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Giovanni does vary the difficulty of his Friday puzzles quite a lot and I thought that this one was well towards the easier end of the spectrum. Easy or difficult, his puzzles always contain smooth surface readings and impeccable wordplay. Let us know how you got on with it.
I’ve followed the Scchua convention today by underlining the definitions in the clues – I’ll continue to do this for back-page puzzles unless there are significant objections. I’m not sure whether it’s something that’s needed or worth doing for Toughies as well – do let me have your thoughts.

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DT 26942

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26942

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment ***

I didn’t take long to solve this one but being a fan of Cephas puzzles I certainly enjoyed the process, people may mutter at the number of anagrams per crossword, but his original anagram indicators are the best!   Thank you to Cephas once again for a lovely start to Saturday morning.

 Apologies in advance for any errors in this blog but I was on my way to bed when I decided to read my emails and found a plea from young Gnomey – apparently my promised microbrewery is being upgraded to Shepherd Neame! (if you don’t live in Kent, you need to know that this is the name of Britain’s oldest brewer).

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