December 23, 2013 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Christmas and New Year Puzzles (2013/2014)

Christmas and New Year Puzzles

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Phil McNeill has kindly provided me with the puzzle publication and closing dates over the Christmas and New Year period, and I have produced a table which also includes the dates you can expect to see those puzzles reviewed here.

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MPP – 019 (review)

Monthly Prize Puzzle – December 2013

A crossword by Radler

Reviewed by Prolixic

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Congratulations to Crypticsue for correctly solving and answering the question in this month’s prize puzzle.  For the avoidance of doubt, this was one of the prize puzzles that she did not test solve so she was free to enter the competition.

As prize puzzles go, this was as tough as they come requiring solvers to be fluent in four languages.  Radler pulled no punches when setting this one!  Well done to all who correctly solved it.

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DT 27368

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27368

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

If you think this doesn’t seem like a Rufus puzzle, you are right. Rufus has told us that he is in the driving seat with a special puzzle tomorrow and an online-only one on Christmas Day while Jay, the Wednesday Wizard, has moved to today. It seems he felt that wearing the Monday Maestro’s hat meant that the puzzle had to be easy, and in that he has succeeded. I enjoyed the festive flavour.

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