January 2014 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1129

Toughie No 1129 by Elkamere

The Daily Politics

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

Well, we asked Elkamere for a tougher Toughie, and here it is.

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DT 27401

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27401

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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

Good morning from South Staffs on another dark and dreary day.

Right on the border between ** and *** for me today, but one of our regular contributors will be relieved to know that there are no Scriptural references!. Thanks to Giovanni for an entertaining challenge.

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DT 27396

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27396

A full review by gnomethang

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

Morning All!. The clock stopped quite quickly on this puzzle . I quite enjoyed the solve though as it had a bit of Old Skool contained therein..

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ST 2727

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2727

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All!. I didn’t find this too tricky this week but what I did enjoy (apart from the apposite surface readings) was the plethora of hidden words just when we have had a relative lay off. I’m usually the last to spot them and enjoyed the finds.

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DT 27400

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27400

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from chilly Ottawa where the temperature has risen to -12° Celsius as I write this. I found today’s puzzle from Mr. Ron to be fairly challenging and rather enjoyable — and it taught me a few new British words and expressions.

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Toughie 1126

Toughie No 1126 by MynoT

The Sound of Music

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Five years ago today I set up what was then called Big Dave’s Toughie Blog, with the first set of Toughie hints published the following day.  I was really chuffed to get 26 page views that day, rising to 101 the following day. The comparable figure for yesterday was 13,360.  Gazza’s first review was published on 12th February followed by Libellule’s on 13th February.  Of the early visitors, Paul is still with us, albeit under a different alias, and Big Boab first looked in on 3rd February.

MynoT on a Tuesday? Yes, it’s certainly one of his easier puzzles.

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DT 27398

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27398

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

There’s nothing too exciting in today’s puzzle and I have quibbles about a few of the clues. Do let us know what you thought.
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