November 16, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog


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Toughie 878

Toughie No 878 by Notabilis

The Twang’s the Thang!

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley! One of my favourite setters is here today and as usual we have a high quality and stiff test for the Friday slot. Lots of great quality clues that demonstrate a setter right at the top of his game and caused plenty of head scratching. I spent quite some time staring at a blank grid before things started to materialise and fall into place.

I would happily nominate 24 down as one of the best clues I have seen this year.

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DT 27020

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27020

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Morning All!. I solved this one on the way to London before linking to Derby for the Sloggers and Betters meet. There were a couple that held me up through my own stupidity but apart from that pretty straightforward I thought.

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DT 27025

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27025

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We have a fairly typical Giovanni puzzle today. Do leave a comment letting us know what you thought of it.
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