February 7, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 924

Toughie No 924 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This is only the fourth Messinae puzzle that I have ever had to blog and it was easily the most enjoyable one to date. I rated the difficulty at the top end of the *** range

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DT 27095

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27095

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Greetings from Ottawa where we are in the midst of our annual winter celebration known as Winterlude.

Did you find the language a bit blue today – what with oaths, profanity and vulgarity. Not to mention a bit of bodice ripping and touching? Should you have any question about the authorship of today’s puzzle, a quick peek at the first and last clues will dispel any doubt. However, before the RayT-phobes exit the room, let me say that I found it to be rather gentle. This just may be the chance for those who are convinced that they can’t do a RayT puzzle to prove themselves wrong.

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