October 2013 – Page 3 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1070

Toughie No 1070 by Shamus

Who wants to be a crossword solver?

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

This puzzle by Shamus is an excellent start to the Toughie week, and above-average for a Tuesday.

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MPP – 017 (Review)

Monthly Prize Puzzle No 17 (October 2013) by Prolixic

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A review by crypticsue

Dave Howell is having quite a weekend.   Not only did he finish in fourth place in the Times Crossword Championships, he has today become the first person to win our Monthly Prize Puzzle Competition for the second time.     He solved  the puzzle and then spotted  that the football team Charlton Athletic was hidden in the solution.  If you couldn’t find  it, have a look at the grid at the end of the review.

 This month’s prize is an extra special treat – a copy of Mick Twister’s There Was an Old Geezer Called Caesar: A History of the World in 100 Limericks kindly donated by Tilsit and signed by the author.

Mick Twister

 

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DT 27313 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27313 (Hints)

Hints and Tips by Gazza

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Today is your last chance to enter our Monthly Prize Puzzle.

BD is otherwise engaged today so I’ve been deputed to provide hints for some of the more difficult clues in today’s prize crossword.

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Toughie 1069

Toughie No 1069 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley! It’s Friday and as usual, the difficulty is ramped up with today’s puzzle. Notabilis is back with a nice puzzle to warm up those taking part in the Times Crossword Championships tomorrow. This seemed quite tricky, especially as the big phrases were not ones that your normally see in a puzzle (how many times have you seen Weston Super Mare or Advertisements?). As usual, lots of elegant clues and clever definitions from our setter, demonstrating why he is one of the finest around.

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DT 27312

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27312

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

We have a fairly standard puzzle from Giovanni though with a dearth of his usual religious references. I didn’t find it too tricky (though 8d may be a bit obscure if you weren’t a rugby fan some years ago). Do let us know how you got on.
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DT 27307

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27307

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All!. This had the feel of a Cephas puzzle – please forgive me if I am wrong!. It was a pretty good Saturday puzzle – not too easy with some well observed clues as far as I am concerned.

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