September 10, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1046

Toughie No 1046 by Excalibur

Anyone for Venice?

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

Good afternoon from South Staffs, where a bright morning has become an overcast autumnal day.

A gentle start to the Toughie week, though I found that some of the clues took longer to explain than to solve.

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DT 27279

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27279

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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

Thanks again to Deep Threat for swapping, allowing me to give a very wide berth to today’s Toughie. While some of the general knowledge required will be familiar to most solvers, I thought that the obscure, certainly to me, poet in 28 across was a step too far, even with reasonably easy wordplay.

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