November 21, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1088

Toughie No 1088 by Excalibur

The Eden Project, Phase I

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

Bufo is having a day off so I’ve been called from the subs’ bench to blog this Excalibur Toughie. I thought it was a real mixture with some good clues (the ones I liked best being 19a, 6d and 11d), some that I didn’t like (14a and 26d) and some surface readings that didn’t make much sense (e.g. 5a and 7d). It took me longer than average to solve so I’ve given it 4* for difficulty.
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DT27341

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27341

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja where Winter seems to have arrived while I was in the UK last week. At least it’s sunny even if a bit chilly.  I enjoyed this puzzle but, while writing the review, I got the impression it shouldn’t have taken as long to solve as it did! As usual the ones I like most are in blue, quite a lot of it today!

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ST 2717

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2717

A full review by crypticsue

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

Another master class in superb clue writing – a joy to solve and a treat for me as this week’s lucky blogger who got to enjoy it twice over.  My top favourites (of many) were 19a, 16d and 23d.

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