June 2014 – Page 2 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1212

Toughie No 1212 by Micawber

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

For the second week running I filled in the right-hand side without much difficulty and then stalled on the left-hand side. Today this was more down to me than the setter because I missed one or two fairly obvious answers and should have made much quicker progress. It was another enjoyable and challenging puzzle. Thursday’s are definitely looking up

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ST 2748

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2748

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 15th June 2014

Not a particularly difficult Sunday puzzle but the usual perfect entertainment.

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DT 27526

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27526

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa where summer has burst upon us — with a cloudburst. The weatherman tells us that as a reward for enduring an abnormally long, cold winter we are in store for a hotter than usual summer. I say “Bring it on!”

The rotation would suggest that it should be RayT pitching today (pardon the baseball metaphor) and the Queen does make an appearance — albeit an abbreviated one. However, the puzzle lacks that certain je ne sais quoi that characterises a RayT creation.

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Toughie 1211

Toughie No 1211 by Shamus

A Tidy Amount of Fun

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I wouldn’t say that this was a doddle exactly but the answers did go in pretty easily compared with last Wednesday’s Elkamere. When I first printed off the grid I was a bit concerned by the four-letter answers with the double-unches in the middle but they were all very fairly clued and didn’t pose any great problems. Thanks to Shamus for the entertainment.
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DT 27524

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27524

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

As is fairly usual for Tuesdays this one offered no great difficulties although an extra word appears to have crept into 19a. Let us know how you got on.
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DT 27523

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27523

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Today we have a very well-constructed crossword which really floats my boat. After awakening at 11a we get fed and watered at 25a, 8d and 19d. With a small stretch of the imagination there is chocolate to be had at 2d. Replete we travel to Hampshire at 10a for a brief stop before heading to London for a tour of 14a. After crossing the sea we pass through a 3d and enjoy a Guinness or three in 6d. One of my all-time favourite people pops in to say hello at 22a. I hope you all enjoy the 18a provided by Rufus this morning. Not too difficult but lots of enjoyment and a few smiles. Life is good. Enjoy it.

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MPP – 025 (Review)

Monthly Prize Puzzle – June 2014

A crossword by Alchemi

 

Reviewed by crypticsue

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Congratulations to David Whisstock whose name was drawn out of the electronic ‘hat’ by Mrs BD.   David solved the crossword, spotted the words ‘No Nobel’ in column 6 and then (if he was anything like me!) did a bit of investigoogling and found that the only author named in the grid who hadn’t been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature was Peter Ackroyd.

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