February 14, 2014 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1137

Toughie No 1137 by Elkamere

Drowning by Numbers

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BD Rating – Difficulty *****Enjoyment *

I’m sure this was a very difficult puzzle to put together, but for someone with my lack of interest in films it was totally wasted. If it hadn’t been for Google, I would never have finished it, and if I hadn’t been reviewing it, having seen the word film a dozen times, I wouldn’t have started it. The Telegraph usually avoid themed puzzles, a policy that I wish they had stuck to today.

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DT 27413

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27413

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a grey morning, with another downpour forecast.

I found this morning’s puzzle from Giovanni to be remarkably straightforward, possibly aided by the frequent appearances of items from Big Dave’s Usual Suspects page.

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DT 27408

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27408

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I spent last Saturday afternoon in a nice pub in Bristol with my fellow bloggers telling me that ‘today’s puzzle wouldn’t take me long’. Trouble was I had to wait until the evening to solve it as I didn’t see it until I got back to the paper waiting for me at my brother’s house – the promised morning print-out having been swallowed by Gnomey’s printer. ‘They’ were right! I found it a slightly different Cephas crossword this week – there seemed to be more cryptic definitions than his usual sprinkling of anagrams

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