February 27, 2014 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

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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