January 16, 2014 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Pushing the boat out (March 2014) ~ Posted on

Crossword Masterclass in Brighton

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Guardian setter Boatman has sent this update:

“I’m taking bookings for my spring Masterclass in Brighton on Saturday 8 March – numbers are limited, so to make sure of your place please get in touch as soon as possible.

“Hope to see you there!”

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Toughie 1120 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1120 by Beam

Another anagram-free zone

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

I spent a long time on this including a 5-10 minute period in the middle when I didn’t solve a single clue. I ended up in 5-star difficulty territory for the first time in ages but, as I wrote the review, I couldn’t see any reason why it should have taken me so long. Certainly the complete lack of anagrams and multiword answers didn’t help.

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DT 27388 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27388

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja where the weather seems to have taken a turn for the worse.  Cold, dark and damp this morning.  Still, this crossword brightened things up a bit for me but I know a lot of you will disagree.  There’s only one anagram, two other clues that are part anagram, and it’s one of those grids that are a bit like four crosswords in one. Just crept into 3* time for me.

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ST 2725 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2725

A full review by crypticsue

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

To borrow from  Rabbit Dave’s comment on the day of publication:  “Another perfect Sunday crossword”.

 

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