February 22, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 933 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 933 by Elkamere

The ‘Bufo’ effect strikes again

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A painful back put paid to my usual Friday morning table tennis session and so I offered to blog today’s puzzle in the expectation that it would be a typical Friday stinker. However, what Cryptic Sue has christened the ‘Bufo’ effect came into play. This effect dictates that the crossword editor will slip in a fairly gentle puzzle whenever it is my day for blogging. This puzzle took me exactly the same time as yesterday’s puzzle and was probably the easiest Elkamere puzzle that I have ever solved. The only minor hold-ups were at 4 across where I needed to work out the answer from the wordplay once I had all the checking letters and at 14 across where the wordplay eluded me for a time.

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DT 27108 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27108

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

When I first read through the clues I thought that this was going to be one of Giovanni’s more testing puzzles but once I’d established a bridgehead it all flowed fairly smoothly.
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DT 27103 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27103

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

I don’t think I can improve on my comment on the day “Don’t think I have seen so many chestnuts grouped together for a very long time which made solving this puzzle a very straightforward experience”.

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