July 2, 2014 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1215

Toughie No 1215 by Giovanni

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This is Toughie No. 1215 but there’s no mention of Magna Carta. Giovanni usually smuggles a few obscure words into his Toughies but today there’s only one (14a) that I’d never heard of. As always with this setter the wordplay is precise and the surfaces smooth.
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DT 27531

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27531

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Apart from 1 across, for which I needed all the checking letters, this is a fairly straightforward puzzle from our Wednesday Wizard.

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