January 17, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 912 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 912 by Firefly

The Bhurtum (4,2,3,4)?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I got the four perimeter answers very quickly. Thereafter it was a steady solve though it was slightly trickier than I thought it was going to be.

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DT 27077 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27077

Hints and tips by Tantalus (and Mrs T)

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I received, in the middle of the night UK time, the following email from Tantalus.

“Finally we decided to do the crossword at night so that we could contribute to the hints – hope that you can publish as a small token of our thanks for the entertainment over the years. Mr & Mrs Tantalus, Boston.”

Our first opportunity to contribute, with a little humor (American humour). Snowy here in Boston, but at 34F it is thawing fast, normally temps are around 10F. Two stars twice it seems – some simple, some subtle. Favorites were 15 across and 16 down.”

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ST 2673 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2673

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Another superb Virgilius Sunday puzzle –  hidden words, clever definitions and lots to make you smile along the way.   Quite a few anagrams but even the anagram ‘haters’ would have to admit that  they appear in such clever convolutions.   My top favourites are marked in blue.

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