May 16, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 980

Toughie No 980 by MynoT

Time for OysteRs?

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Bufo is away today.  This morning I took our German guests on a tour around the Morgan factory, which lasted longer than I expected.

We used to complain when MynoT was working his way through the alphabet, but at least that added some interest to his puzzles.  [Thanks to Crypticsue for pointing out that all of the answers contained an R … zzzzzzz.]

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ST 2690

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2690

A full review by gnomethang

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

Morning All! – This was an excellent puzzle in my opinion –there were a few clue that I really had to think hard about to solve and even harder to unravel the wordplay.

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DT 27179

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27179

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa where — following a heatwave of mid-summer proportions — we have reverted to more seasonable (or even below seasonable) temperatures. The premature taste of July makes the current conditions all the more unpleasant. There is certainly nothing unpleasant about today’s puzzle from RayT — it was a joy to solve and a delight to review. On my first pass through, I was able to establish a network of solutions spanning the grid. Then my pace slowed markedly as the remaining clues demanded more thinking. However, by systematically building upon the initial structure, I was able to gradually fill in the blanks. I thought that the puzzle edged into three star territory for difficulty, but I suspect there will be a number of readers who feel it stayed in the two star range.

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