June 5, 2014 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1200

Toughie No 1200 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

An enjoyable puzzle from Beam which shows all his usual trademarks (single word answers, no anagrams, short clues). There was nothing too difficult although I did slow down when it came to filling in the last few answers. The time taken took me into 4* difficulty territory.

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ST 2745

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2745

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 25th May 2014

Many thanks once again to Virgilius for our Sunday treat.   This one was a fine example of the ‘a crossword doesn’t have to be difficult to be extremely enjoyable’ rule

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DT 27508

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27508

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa where we are finally experiencing some seasonal weather.

I read through the across clues today without solving a single clue. However, the down clues came to my rescue and, in the end, the puzzle did not seem particularly difficult at all. For that I am thankful, as I am just getting back into the swing of things again after a couple of weeks of touring central Europe with nary a cryptic crossword in sight. That also explains why I am occupying the blogger’s chair a week later than I normally would.

Unless I am mistaken (and, according to the 2Kiwis, I may well be), an indicator seems to have been omitted from the clue at 23a. In my review, I have suggested a couple of possible amendments to the clue to make it work.

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