October 2, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Pushing the boat out in Manchester (Update October 2013)

Crossword Masterclass in Manchester

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Guardian setter Boatman has sent this update:

“I can take just one or two more people on my Manchester Masterclass on Saturday 16 November – let me know as soon as possible if you’d like to be one of them.

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Toughie 1059

Toughie No 1059 by Beam

An Anagram-Free Zone

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

No anagrams today but an awful lot of clues requiring us to cut out or add in single characters. I didn’t think that this was one of Beam’s more inspired puzzles – it seemed to lack much of his usual tongue-in-cheek humour.
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DT 27298

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27298

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Having spent a bit more time on the NW corner, after smoothly sailing through the rest, I’d give this a 2*/3* for enjoyment.  Thanks to Jay.

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