September 24, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1054

Toughie No 1054 by Giovanni

Dullsville

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment *

A really grumpy old man writes:
Giovanni seems to think that the difference between a back-page puzzle and a Toughie is to throw in some words that are in the vocabulary of just a handful of people. That may well be fine in a barred puzzle where the solver expects to be using a dictionary most of the time, but in a puzzle that should be capable of being solved by the man on a Clapham Omnibus while he is on that vehicle it just doesn’t work.

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DT 27291

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27291

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on an overcast grey morning.

I found this fairly gentle, though a couple of clues could cause problems if the underlying general knowledge is missing.

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