August 29, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 832

Toughie No 832 by Osmosis

Vlad gets a Mention

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

I proceeded steadily through this puzzle (a pangram) but never really got into top gear and ended up spending some time trying to work out a synonym for sooty at 23d. It has a number of entertaining clues, but perhaps too many of the type ‘x contains y’.
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DT 26957

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26957

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I rate this as a 2.5 in difficulty and about a 3 in enjoyment.  Begun in fits and starts, getting an answer here and there without being able to use checking letters.  However, it became much smoother after a while, and didn’t prove too difficult.  Thanks to setter.

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