September 3, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1042

Toughie No 1042 by Petitjean

Double meanings?

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

This was a tad more difficult than most of the recent Tuesday Toughies, but that’s not a bad thing. The resolution of the wordplay for 1 across added a difficulty star.

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DT 27273

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27273

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs, on an overcast morning with the promise of some warmth to come. We’re trying to cope with the autumn glut of fruit at the moment: there’s a huge crop of plums this year, as well as vast quantities of blackberries.

I found this a straightforward ** solve. There is some repetition of wordplay elements – 10a and 20d, and 2d and 3d, which I found disappointing.

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