September 11, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 839

Toughie No 839 by Petitjean

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A Toughie in which you have to work hard to resolve many of the clues, but lacking in that je-ne-sais-quoi quality that makes it of more than average enjoyment.

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DT 26968

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26968

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja.  OK, I know, it’s confusing to find me here on a Tuesday!  After the musical chairs of the last few weeks I have to say that I am certainly “Bewildered of Almoradí” but . . . Falcon has also moved from Wednesday to Thursday (along with me) and it’s his turn this week. So, as Pommette is in the UK and I don’t have a lot to do, I thought I’d give Gazza a well-earned break – he certainly does more than his fair share on this blog!.  (Thanks muchly Gazza – I don’t know where we’d all be without you!)

Anyway, on to the puzzle. I thought it was pretty tricky for a back-pager but that might just be me being distracted by the US Open tennis final  – puzzle solved while watching Andy Murray’s fantastic victory so I’ve no idea about time but I reckon 4* for a back pager isn’t unreasonable.  For entertainment? I have to say the tennis was better than the crossword!  Too many anagrams for my taste but quite enjoyable overall.

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