November 29, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1093

Toughie No 1093 by Elgar

A nice end to a sad week in Crosswordland

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

A nasty lurgi has taken over Tilsit Towers, so young Tilsit has produced a doctor’s note to excuse him from blogging and I am dancing solo today. Get well soon.

Having had one of those weeks where setters and I weren’t entirely on the same wavelength, I approached the Friday Toughie with some trepidation. However, it would appear that someone must have given Elgar some new fluffy slippers for his recent birthday as I didn’t have much trouble solving this one, although the time taken to parse a couple of clues moved it up to a 3.75* Toughie difficulty rating. I will be interested to see how many people agree with me.

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DT 27348

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27348

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

I’m temporarily back in my old Friday stamping ground and if I didn’t know that Friday means Giovanni I don’t think that I’d have recognised this as one of his. I found it pretty easy and it was possibly heading for a 1* for difficulty before I had a bit of a hold-up in the NE corner. There are a number of entertaining clues and only one religious reference.
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DT 27343

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27343

A full review by crypticsue

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

A strange solving experience this week as the Saturday Mysteron’s prize puzzle  took me longer to solve than any of the preceding week’s Toughies (which weren’t properly  tough, but you get the picture).


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