April 30, 2014 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1179 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1179 by proXimal

An eXcellent Debut

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

 We welcome a new Toughie setter today – I’m not totally sure who proXimal is but the capital X is perhaps a broad hint that it’s a new pseudonym for someone who’s a regular commenter here and a contributor to the NTSPP series as well as a setter for the Independent. In any case he (or possibly she, if my guess is wrong) is very welcome and has provided us with an entertaining debut puzzle with lots of very well disguised definitions. I would have given this 2* for difficulty but I ended up cheating on 9a so I’ve bumped it up to 3*.
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DT 27477 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27477

Hints and tips by scchua

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

A relaxing puzzle from Jay, except for perhaps one 4-letter answer I’m uncertain about. 1.5*/3* for me. Thanks Jay. (Apologies for later posting – just got back after 5 hours in the eye clinic.)

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