April 25, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 968

Toughie No 968 by Busman

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

It’s typical, isn’t it? You wait ages for a Busman to turn up and then two come along in quick succession. This one provided the usual smooth comfortable ride with no hold-ups en route.

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ST 2687

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2687

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Sundays are the highlight of my crosswording  week and so it is no hardship at all to stand in for Gnomey  while he is on his hols.    My top favourites in this particular fine example of a Virgilius puzzle were 15a, 17a, 26a, and 27a.

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DT 27161

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27161

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa where spring seems slow to arrive this year. One may even still see the odd isolated pile of snow in some well-sheltered locations.

This is a DNRT (Definitely Not Ray T) puzzle. I also found it to be a difficult puzzle to rate. To start with, the difficulty level of clues seems to range all over the map. I have set the difficulty at three stars, but some of the British terms may have caused me more difficulty than they will you. I also found it a bit tedious to review — especially the down clues where one encounters charade after charade after charade. I hadn’t particularly noticed this while solving the puzzle as I typically find myself tackling clues in a random order. I tried not to let this factor influence my rating, and gave it three stars for enjoyment as I felt that I had enjoyed the solving experience more than the blogging experience.

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