December 13, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1101 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1101 by Firefly

Cogito ergo sum

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from the Calder Valley and thanks to BD and Cryptic sue for helping out over the past two weeks while I’ve been getting ready for my forthcoming stay at Calderdale’s finest NHS facility (“Number One in a field of one”).

Firefly is here today, and to be fair it’s one of the gentler Friday Toughies, but given the onslaught of seasonal challenges we will face over the next few weeks that is probably no bad thing. Nothing too challenging here but quite enjoyable. There is a sort of gimmick with some of the clues having a similar endings that provide definitions, although one doesn’t which misleads nicely. Favourite clues are 6d, 18 ac and 17dn.

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DT 27360 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27360

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on an overcast morning, as England yet again fail to bowl out the Australians.

I solved this crossword late last night after a long day, which may account for me taking just into *** time. Although there are no obscure words, I found it took a little while to get a foothold. Thanks to Giovanni for the challenge.

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DT 27355 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27355

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All! Sorry for my tardiness today – no excuses apart from a long après golf session and a faulty alarm clock! This was a reasonably enjoyable puzzle for me.

 

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