September 20, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

TEDxAlbertopolis (September 2013) – Update ~ Posted on

TEDxAlbertopolis – 23rd September 2013

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You may remember the earlier post about TEDxAlbertopolis.  It was announced that John Halpern (Dada in the Telegraph and Paul in The Guardian) was to create a  “fiendishly difficult crossword especially for the event”.

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Toughie 1053 ~ Posted on

Toughie 1053 by Elgar

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

This week’s Toughies have been disappointingly straightforward, but one can normally rely on Elgar to provide the required brain tormenting challenge. Today’s puzzle, whilst being very entertaining, has a helpful theme which ensures that although this isn’t his fluffiest work, it certainly isn’t excessively hob-nailed either.

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DT 27288 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27288

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

Giovanni is in benevolent mood today. Not only are at least three of the four long answers pretty easy to get but all the 3-letter answers (which are often the trickiest) have two letters checked and very straightforward wordplay. However, as we always say, just because it’s not too difficult doesn’t mean that it’s not enjoyable and I enjoyed this one. Do let us know your views.
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DT 27283 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27283

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

Morning All! – I only managed to solve this last night as I have been working the last couple of weekends and my Sci-Fi addiction has just ratcheted up a notch so I am mostly reading on the train instead of solving crosswords. This puzzle had one howling error but that aside was relatively gentle so my enjoyment level was compromised.

 

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