April 2013 – Page 2 – 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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Toughie 967

Toughie No 967 by Notabilis

Pimp My Ride

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

Notabilis has absconded from his usual Friday slot this week and given us a proper midweek Toughie, not as tricky as he can be but still a very enjoyable workout.
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DT 27160

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27160

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Another straightforward and enjoyable puzzle from Jay.  A 2*/3* for difficulty/enjoyment for me.  Thanks to Jay.

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Toughie 966

Toughie No 966 by Kcit

Learn your periodic table!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

Kcit’s puzzles are seldom difficult, but this was a tad more so than most. What doesn’t change is the enjoyment level.

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DT 27159

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27159

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a beautiful sunny morning, where catching up on the gardening awaits when blogging duties are done. Happy St George’s Day to you all.

I found this a reasonably gentle puzzle, with the added bonus of a pangram (and the Quick Crossword is a pangram, too).

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DT 27158

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27158

Hints and tips by Libellule

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BD Rating – Difficulty * Enjoyment ***

First of all, many thanks for the birthday wishes that were posted yesterday. Secondly this seemed to be a very straight forward crossword this morning, probably due to the large number of anagrams. So I don’t expect many people will need to use the hints.

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MPP – 011 (Review)

Monthly Prize Puzzle No 11 (April  2013) by Prolixic

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A review by crypticsue

Congratulations to Pete Cohen who was the winner of this month’s prize of one of Hamlyn’s Telegraph Puzzle Books [Pete has declined the prize, which will be carried over to the may competition.  BD].  His name was drawn from the electronic ‘hat’ by Mrs BD as he was one of the solvers who had correctly spotted all the excuses (6d’s) that are used for travel  delays (listed at the end of the review) –  our Prolixic being a person who commutes to work by train, I am sure he has heard these many more times than he would like!

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