June 2014 – Page 7 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1199

Toughie No 1199 by Giovanni

Chinese Red

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

Pretty tough today I thought with a fair bit of General Knowledge needed, but I did enjoy the challenge – thanks to Giovanni. It’s also a pangram. Talking of GK there was a contestant on yesterday’s edition of Pointless who thought that the Battle of Waterloo took place in England in the 1500s.
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Toughie 1198

Toughie No 1198 by Warbler

Hints and tips by Toro

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

[ Today I am pleased to introduce a gamekeeper turned poacher. You might know Toro from his puzzles in the NTSPP series and now he is trying his hand at blogging. An excellent debut. BD ]

A first outing for me as a blogger, and am I dreaming, or is that a personal message to me from Warbler in the form of 5d? (Well, not just to me of course). A lovely witty bit of setter-solver dialogue there, and I also enjoyed the imagery of 9a and the ingenuity of 17d.

Otherwise more straightforward than I had expected, so I’ll plump for ** for difficulty and *** for enjoyment. Perhaps BD’s breaking me in gently…

But never mind all that – you know the Toughie better than I do. What did you think?

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DT 27506

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27506

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

We have a pretty straightforward puzzle today without much to get excited about. Do let us know what you thought and how you got on.
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DT 27505

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27505

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

We have a rather morbid theme running through todays offering which just about made it into three star difficulty thanks to 29 across (which I had seen before ) and 26 down. Very enjoyable.

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