March 28, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 952

Toughie No 952 by Busman

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

It’s about 2½ years since I last blogged a Busman toughie but I could still remember that Busman toughies are normally pleasant enough to do but not overly difficult. Nothing has changed. This is the grid that is effectively four mini-puzzles connected at the centre. There’s always a danger with this grid that one of the corners might prove intractable but that didn’t happen here. I did the top two corners with ease but then had to think a little bit harder about the bottom two.

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ST 2683

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2683

A full review by gnomethang

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Afternoon All! Apologies for the late delivery – my PC at home had problems so I couldn’t upload late last night and had to redraft the blog. A fine Virgilius puzzle as we have come to expect..

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DT 27137

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27137

Hints and tips by Falcon

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Greetings from Ottawa where spring has arrived.  Judging from the UK forecast, conditions here are very similar to those in London – perhaps even a few degrees warmer here.  However, we still have a foot or two of snow on the ground – but it is quickly disappearing.

I suspect that you did not get the blogger you were expecting, and maybe not the setter either – I would say that this puzzle has definitely not been fashioned by RayT.  On first read through, I thought it was going to be more difficult than it turned out to be.  Once I got a foothold established, things started to fall into place.

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