April 4, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 27143

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27143

Engaging Pencil before Brain

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Greetings from the Calder Valley! I’m helping BD out today as his Toughie blogger is not around. We have a pleasant offering from Ray T (I thought it was Petitjean because of the pop references!). Nothing too taxing, although I hadn’t heard of the alternative spellings of 4 down and 5 across, which I had only seen in the Bible in that form. I wonder how many of you have an answer at 7 down which is actually correct. I had an answer in there which when I came to parse it, I couldn’t and realised with a prod from BD, that I was wrong. A good example of answering without thinking fully.

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ST 2684

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2684

A full review by crypticsue

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Virgilius with his  slightly  trickier hat on – but oh what fun!   As I work my way through a puzzle, I put dots by the clues I like, and the down clues in particular looked like they were suffering  from an outbreak of measles!

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