June 26, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1003

Toughie No 1003 by Elkamere

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

This is a proper Toughie and an enjoyable one. It took me some time to get started and after that my progress was steady rather than spectacular. Elkamere has apparently put a message on Facebook which a) apologises for an obscure word which was the result of a late change and b) reveals that there is a gentle theme. Well, a) I don’t know which answer he’s referring to because none of them seem to be that obscure and b) I can’t spot a theme (I did notice that column 14 has two words for sheep if you read upwards, but that doesn’t seem enough for a theme) – so I’m hoping that someone will reveal all. [See comment from Anax/Elkamere].
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DT 27214

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27214

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

An enjoyable solve from Jay.  Some long answers to either get you going or slow down your progress.  The SE corner was the last one in for me, because of which, I rate this a close-to-2* for difficulty, and 3* for enjoyment.  Thanks Jay.

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