November 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 886 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 886 by Elkamere

Ouch!

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

Tilsit has made an unscheduled trip to hospital, so I’m filling in again. I would have awarded this one five stars, but I think that the wordplay for 1 down is so grossly unfair that it tainted the whole puzzle.

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DT 27037 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27037

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

It’s a bright, crisp but cold morning here (much better than the horrible rain of the last couple of weeks) and I was cheered by a very enjoyable puzzle from our usual Friday maestro, Giovanni. Let us know how you got on.
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DT 27032 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27032

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***

The Saturday Mysteron provided us with a  few tricky elements in this otherwise fairly typical Prize Puzzle.

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Toughie 885 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 885 by Myops

Dedicated follower of fashion

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

Bufo is taking a day off, leaving me to review this superb puzzle from Myops, one of my favourite setters. Some easier clues are intermingled with the more complex constructions, giving a way into the puzzle.

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DT 27036 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27036

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja. Definitely another RayT this week.  We have the Queen, Beam and plenty of innuendo! Most of this I found fairly straightforward, took me top end of 2* time, but there are a few head-scratchers so I’ve given it 3* for difficulty. Very enjoyable with a nice mix of clue types and six anagrams to get you going.
It will be interesting to hear what those who aren’t keen on RayT have to say!

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ST 2666 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2666

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Morning All!. Once again this week I found this the best back page puzzle with the usual finely crafted clues. The difficulty was toned down a tad which allowed me to sit back and savour the clues.

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Toughie 884 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 884 by Shamus

That Rings a Bell

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

We have quite a verbose puzzle from Shamus (my printout spilled over on to a second sheet of A4 which is fairly unusual). I thought quite a few of the clues were a bit ‘samey’ with lots of reversals and truncations.
Do let us know how you fared and please take the time to click on one of the stars below to record your enjoyment factor.

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DT 27035 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27035

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Scchua is taking a break today, giving me a chance to review this untaxing but enjoyable puzzle from Jay.

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DT 27034 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27034

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I never know what sort of puzzle I’m going to get on Tuesdays – I liked this one a lot more than last week’s. I’m not sure whether this was deliberate or not but several of the clues seem to have a connection with India. Do leave a comment – if you’ve been lurking here some time and haven’t introduced yourself then today would be an excellent time to break your duck!
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