May 8, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Sloggers and Betters 9

Sloggers and Betters 9

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What? The 9th annual “Sloggers and Betters” gathering for crossword setters and blog contributors and readers will take place in London, following on, as in previous years, from the annual lunch for Times setters.

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Toughie 975

Toughie No 975 by Firefly

Cor, Blimey!

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 BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

There’s a nice theme in this puzzle, based on the comic actor who was born 100 years ago today. Once I’d got his name it wasn’t too difficult to get most of the answers although I had to think about a few bits of the wordplay. There seemed to be a quite a few clues requiring us to delete one or more letters from what we’d put together.

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DT 27172

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27172

Hints and tips by scchua

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

This was a slow start, but the solving rate then quickened, so that I’d give this a 2.5* difficulty/3* enjoyment rating.  Thanks to Jay.

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