November 22, 2012 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 881

Toughie No 881 by MynoT

Zzzzz! Is this the end?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

The first thing to do was to discover whether MynoT was still on his alphabet mission and, if so, which letter was the featured one. The first two clues I solved both had an M and an H; the third one had an H but not an M. So was it to be H? The answer was soon found to be ‘No’. It turned out that MynoT was killing five birds with one stone and that all the answers contained one (or more) of V, W, X, Y or Z. Does this mean that this tedious series is now at an end? Let’s hope so.

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DT 27030

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27030

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from the very noisy Vega Baja where a guy started up a pneumatic drill about 50m away at 0830 this morning. Didn’t help the concentration on what turned out to be an enjoyable RayT. I’m fairly confident that it’s him this week as we have the Queen, Beam (his Toughie pseudonym) and a bit of innuendo.  I’ve gone for 2* overall but for me it was a puzzle of two halves. The top half was only 1* as I more-or-less just wrote in the answers but the bottom half was a 3* head-scratcher so, on average, 2* it is! Maybe it was the pneumatic drill which caused the problem – it’s now gone quiet but been replaced by what sounds like a rather large angle grinder!

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ST 2665

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2665

A full review by crypticsue

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

This one took me slightly longer to solve than recent Virgilius puzzles and I did have to spend extra time sorting out the wordplay for a couple of my solutions .  The usual great all-round entertainment we have come to expect on a Sunday morning, and for once solved in brilliant sunshine.

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