August 30, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 833

Toughie No 833 by Warbler

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This was a pleasant but extremely gentle puzzle. My only problem came after I had carelessly entered the answer to 25 down into the space for 23 down (where it fits). I then spent some time trying to find an answer to 23 down that fitted in the space for 25 down. I blame senility. This is my first blog since underlining the definition became the fashion. I’ve given it a go although it can’t be used for any of the clues that refer to “17”. The definition in each of these clues is provided by the second word of the answer to 17 across.

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DT 26958

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26958

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja.   I’m actually doing the review on the right day this week – it is Thursday isn’t it?
Not sure about the setter of this one.  There is a Queen clue but it didn’t feel like a RayT to me but perhaps he’ll drop by and let us know.  Plenty of American flavouring scattered through the puzzle so beware!  I quite enjoyed it but found it a tad tricky in places, but there are enough ‘gimmes’ and a few anagrams to get you going.
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