February 12, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 926

Toughie No 926 by Excalibur

Same old, same old

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment *

Precisely what you expect from a puzzle by this setter.

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DT 27099

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27099

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs where it’s cold and grey, with a light dusting of snow.

I found that the bottom half of this puzzle went in quickly, then I had to think a little to complete the top – and wondered why it hadn’t been evident the first time around. Those who don’t like general knowledge type clues in a cryptic crossword may have cause to complain, with a film title, a play, a composer and a dramatist among the answers, although only the play does not have a reasonable word-play.

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