May 21, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 982

Toughie No 982 by Excalibur

Something to get your teeth into?

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good afternoon from South Staffs, although by the time this is published I expect to be well towards a stop-off in Kent, en route to France.

This being my first go at blogging a Toughie, I’m short of reference points for the difficulty – I don’t usually look at how long a Toughie takes me.  But on the basis that this one took about twice the time I would take for a ** back pager, I think ** is reasonable.

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DT 27183

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27183

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment **

Many thanks to Deep Threat, who has offered to step in and review today’s Toughie. He hasn’t missed much here, though. For me this was one of those “read a clue and write in the answer” puzzles. Even being a pangram doesn’t rescue it from mediocrity.

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