July 16, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1014

Toughie No 1014 by Giovanni

Wrong Envelope Day?

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Here’s proof that Wrong Envelope Day can work both ways. This one would have slotted neatly on to the back-page, and is certainly not a Toughie.  There are some good points – the grid is very open and the clues are, as usual from Giovanni, immaculately constructed – so much so that although 4 down was a new word for me, it was easily constructed from the wordplay with the help of a few checking letters.

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DT 27231

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27231

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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Good morning from South Staffs on another beautiful sunny morning. Fingers crossed that the fine spell lasts until the weekend, when Mrs DT and I will be celebrating our ruby wedding with a family party in the garden.

I finished this puzzle in ** time, but found it less enjoyable than usual. Several definitions would do just as well in a General Knowledge crossword, and some bits of wordplay also seemed to require more than could be gleaned from the clue.

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