February 2014 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1145

Toughie No 1145 by Myops

Scotland’s Future?

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

Another terrific puzzle from one of my favourite setters.

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DT 27425

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27425

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a grey drizzly morning, with a possibility of snow later if last night’s forecast is right.

A pangram from Giovanni this week, which I found testing but not as difficult as yesterday’s, though if I added in the time it took to parse 18d it would probably have gone into **** territory.

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DT 27420

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27420

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Morning All! I’m pretty sure that this is a Cephas production – some good anagram indicators to help with the surface readings and a couple of cryptic definitions that always make you smile (sometimes easy sometimes not!). Overall a quick but fun solve.

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Toughie 1144

Toughie No 1144 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I filled in the two long answers immediately and thought that the puzzle was going to be a doddle. It turned out to be more difficult than that and some of the wordplay was quite testing.

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DT 27424

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27424

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment ***

Greetings from frigid Ottawa where the temperature is currently -15°C, but at least there is no wind. Today’s puzzle is undoubtedly from the mystery setter. I got off to a fast start, writing in several answers on the first scan through. However, progress quickly slowed to a crawl. A couple of clues required considerable research for someone from this side of the Atlantic.

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Toughie 1143

Toughie No 1143 by Firefly

Brush Up Your Franglais

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

We have a theme today but it’s a theme with a twist; all the items may be found, not in 27a but in an anagram of 27a (indicated by ‘broken-down’). Luckily the anagram is a very well-known one.
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DT 27423

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27423

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A slightly harder Wednesday puzzle, with a couple of clues holding me up a while in the NE corner.  So, a slightly less than 2* for difficulty/3* for enjoyment.  Thanks to Jay.

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Toughie 1142

Toughie No 1142 by MynoT

Fairy Tales

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A gentle start to the week. At one time I thought this puzzle was going to put up quite a fight, but suddenly it all fell into place.

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DT 27422

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27422

Hints and tips by Gazza

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We actually have some sunshine in Devon this morning – can Spring be far away? I thought that this was fairly typical of Tuesdays currently – some well-constructed clues, not too easy but certainly not very hard, but nothing really to make me smile. Do chip in with your views!
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