February 21, 2014 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1141

Toughie 1141 by Elgar

The Real McCoy

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley. There’s been a-stomping in the hills all week and it’s finally arrived. The Cruciverbal equivalent of Vlad the Impaler is back and make no mistake, this is a real beast of a puzzle. I know we don’t often talk times, but this took far longer than any crossword I have tackled so far this year. If I’m honest and I hope Elgar forgives me, I didn’t exactly feel the elation I normally feel when the last answer goes in. There is much to enjoy and admire in this puzzle and it is so much better than many of the puzzles I solve elsewhere, but there was just something about this that left me feeling I had taken too long and I felt I couldn’t blame it on me feeling under the weather.

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DT 27419

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27419

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs where the water is about to be turned off while the water company connects up the new pipes it has been laying in our road for the last fortnight.

After last week’s Giovanni puzzle, which divided opinion between those who found it very easy, and those who didn’t, I think that this week we are back to the more normal level of Friday challenge, and *** difficulty for me.

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DT 27414

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27414

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

The Mysteron obviously noticed that Cephas didn’t have so many anagrams as usual last week, so he made up for it by giving us eight this week!

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