January 25, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 917

Toughie No 917 by Osmosis

An exercise to do at home!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A typical Osmosis Toughie with lots of initial letters, inside letters and outside letters punctuated by the occasional very clever clue.

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DT 27084

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27084

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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

The lovely Gazza is always keen that those of us whose day jobs mean that we can’t do on-the-day reviews should be afforded the opportunity to enjoy the frisson of slight terror that comes with undertaking such a blog whenever we can.  I hadn’t even set off for the hospital before I had an email asking me to let him know when I would be recovered enough to do some hints and tips!!

You always know what to expect on the Friday DT back page and today’s very enjoyable Giovanni was no exception to the rule, apart from the fact that with this one, it would have helped to start with the downs (that’s where the slight terror comes in, as I got halfway down the acrosses with only a few solutions written in – fortunately the downs went in without any problems at all so the blogger’s panic was totally unjustified.

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DT 27079

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27079

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

The Saturday Mysteron provided us with another of his typically straightforward  Prize Puzzles, the main cause for celebration on the day being the fact that, for a change,  the apostrophe was actually included in the enumeration for a clue –  27a .     

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