September 21, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 846

Toughie No 846 by Osmosis

Bits and Pieces by Antony and Cleopatra

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Alas young Tilsit is still getting his money’s worth from the NHS, so we are back again. Not the most difficult Friday Toughie, although Cleo did need Tony to explain a couple of bits of wordplay as she was being a little dense this morning.

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DT 26977

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26977

Hints and tips by Gazza

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If today had not been a Friday I would have been hard pressed to identify this as a Giovanni puzzle. It consists of four long anagrams with most of the other clues being relatively easy. I’m not a fan of long anagrams – I almost invariably get the answer from the definition, enumeration and a few checking letters then work backwards to identify the fodder. I’d be interested to know how other solvers work.
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DT 26972

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26972

A full review by gnomethang

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Morning All!. Apologies for the tardiness – I was getting set to write this up last night but a poorly cat (I am looking after my brother’s) warranted a degree of attention last night!. We have a typical Cephas puzzle if I am any judge – some very good surface readings and a couple of chestnutty starters!.

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