October 3, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Cruciverbalist Convention (Oct 2013)

Cruciverbalist Convention (Oct 2013)

in conjunction with the Times Crossword Championship

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Toughie 1060

Toughie No 1060 by Messinae

14-Letter Anagram Day

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Today’s four 14-letter anagrams succumbed more readily than last week’s 15-letter anagrams. This led to a quick problem-free solve. I don’t particularly like all the long answers in a puzzle being clued by anagrams but I suppose it makes up for yesterday’s anagramless puzzle.

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ST 2710

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2710

A full review by gnomethang

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

Morning All! We had a slightly trickier puzzle this week but it was packed with some really smooth and beguiling clues. My puzzle of the week.

 

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DT 27299

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27299

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa where we have been experiencing an unseasonably warm spell of weather for the past two weeks. Alas, the weatherman tells us that our good fortune is soon coming to an end with cooler temperatures and rain forecast for the weekend.

We have an uncharacteristically tame offering from RayT today. However, he has included his signature reference to Her Majesty. I was well on my way to a ** solve (in terms of difficulty) until the final handful of clues pushed it close to *** territory. It was still an enjoyable solve — even without the customary level of raunchiness.

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