June 19, 2014 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1208

Toughie No 1208 by proXimal


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

This is the first time I have been exposed to a proXimal Toughie and I struggled throughout. I only got one answer on my first read-through of the clues but this gave me a toehold in the SE corner from which I managed to fill the left-hand side of the grid without too many problems. I then stalled completely on the left-had side and I had to tease out just about every answer. It was definitely my slowest solve of a Toughie for a long, long time. I’m not sure why I found it so difficult because all the clues are perfectly fair and I didn’t have to do much head scratching to untangle the wordplay. I’ll be interested to know how the rest of you fared so I can see if it was just me who couldn’t get on proXimal’s wavelength.

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DT 27520

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27520

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Hola from the Vega Baja. I quite enjoyed this puzzle but I know some of you will disagree. There seems to be more than the usual fiddling about with first and/or last letters and bits of words and a few slightly obscure meanings of words. Still, a pleasant accompaniment to the morning cuppa.

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ST 2747

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2747

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 8th June 2014

Morning All!. There were a couple of sticklers that I kicked myself after solving but the usual excellence shines through because of that fact!

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