November 8, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1081 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1081 by Elkamere

This is more like it!

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

In some quarters Elkamere, as his alter ego Anax, produces ferocious puzzles and we have long complained that he has failed to live up to his reputation when setting in the Toughie series. Today we have one of his tougher puzzles, to which I have given the top enjoyment rating in spite of the unwanted Geography lesson in 3 down and the dreadful Spoonerism in 9 across.

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DT 27330 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27330

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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

Good morning from Beechwood Grange in York, where we’ve been celebrating grand-daughter’s birthday, and looking at the gathering of A4 Pacifics in the National Railway Museum.

I found this one quite a tussle, well into *** territory for me, but wondered why the ones I had struggled with had caused such problems once I had cracked them – the usual sign of well-constructed clues. Thanks to Giovanni for the workout.

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DT 27325 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27325

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Morning All! I was breezing through this puzzle on the day but had to stop a couple of times in order to admire some clues and also to make sure that I had the correct answer on a couple of others. A very good puzzle in my opinion.

 

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