May 1, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 971

Toughie No 971 by Beam

Here’s Another Nice Mess

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

This has all the trademarks of Beam or Ray T – short clues, all single-word answers, mention of Queen, a sprinkling of innuendo and (a fairly recent idiosyncrasy) no anagrams at all. It all adds up to a very entertaining puzzle.
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DT 27166

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27166

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty **+*/2Enjoyment ***

At the end, I was held back by 3 of the longer answers, so I’ll rate this a 2.5* for difficulty and 3* for enjoyment.  Thanks to Jay.

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