February 14, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 928

Toughie No 928 by Dada

Hints and Tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Another gentle puzzle from Dada. The only hold-up came with 15 down which has an answer that I wasn’t familiar with. I managed to work it out from the wordplay.
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DT 27101

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27101

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja!  Well, thanks to the local hospital, I’m still alive and kicking and am now fit enough to bring my usual incompetence back to the blogger’s chair – so it looks like you’re stuck with me for a while longer.

I’d just like to repeat my heartfelt thanks to all of you.  I was rather overcome by the outpouring of concern and good wishes that followed BD’s post about my illness. As Mary said the other day “who’d have thought a crossword blog could bring so much comfort?”

Anyway, on to the crossword.  Check the date before you start this one as there are a few topical allusions, starting with 1a!  It’s an odd puzzle to rate as most of it was 1* difficulty but there two or three clues that up the ante a bit, mostly in the bottom half. I’ve gone for 2* overall.

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ST 2677

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2677

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Virgilius  brought this  fine crossword to  start the morning of Sunday 3 February  – there were quite a few anagrams in this puzzle but not a single trademark hidden word at all.

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