November 7, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1080

Toughie No 1080 by MynoT

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

My heart sank when I saw that my first blogging assignment for four weeks was to be a MynoT puzzle. But I soon cheered up when I found it to be a really a good puzzle and a vast improvement on many of MynoT’s offerings. Once again I showed that I am one of the world’s worse nina spotters because I didn’t see the rather obvious nina until after I’d finished the puzzle. But this was probably a good thing because had I spotted it early on I might now be complaining that the puzzle was too easy! There were a couple of answers that I hadn’t met before but these could readily be worked out from the wordplay.

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ST 2715

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2715

A full review by gnomethang

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

Morning All!. This was an absolute corker of a puzzle from Mr Brian Greer (Virgilius) that placed two themes inside: The Times Crossword Championship 2013 (John H being a previous winner) which occurred on the Saturday 19th October and then the 50th Birthday of John Henderson (Elgar to you over here in the Toughie and also Nimrod in the Independent, Enigmatist in the Guardian, and IO in the FT. He also sets in the Listener series of barred thematic cryptics. Lots of these thematic materials appear in this puzzle and they are highlighted in RED and BLUE as required in the blog.

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DT 27329

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27329

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa where temperatures have been unseasonably mild and we have so far escaped with no more than an insignificant dusting of snow.

Aside from 1d, I found today’s puzzle to be a bit on the gentle side but also quite an enjoyable exercise for the most part.

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