November 1, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 869

Toughie No 869 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A steady solve with no hold-ups. The only minor problem I had was in getting my head round and unravelling some of the longer clues. The setter gets low marks for conciseness

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DT 27012

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27012

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa where it was still October 31 when I sat down to write this review which means that it is Halloween, a night when people dress up in scary costumes and children go door to door extorting candy from residents in return for a promise not to do damage (trick or treat). We have also been experiencing the tail end of Hurricane Sandy. Fortunately for us, the storm had expended most of its destructive force by the time it arrived here and we are only getting some moderately high winds and a couple of days of rain.

Today’s puzzle from RayT seems to be rather on the tame side. Having blazed through three quadrants, I was ready to award it two stars for difficulty when I became seriously mired in the southwest corner. As a result, I bumped the rating up a tad. The puzzle is relatively devoid of anagrams so I know some folks will likely be disappointed.

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ST 2662

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2662

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Morning All! Looking back at my solving time this was a tad harder than some recent Sunday puzzles but as I blogged it I recalled that it was only a few clues that caused the trouble.

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