July 3, 2014 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1216

Toughie No 1216 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

This is the third week running that I’ve had to work hard! Today I made steady but rather slow progress until I ground to a complete halt with the NW corner still to do. After leaving it for a while I came back to it and managed to do 2 down which led me to 1 across and the rest then followed (but not very quickly). Because of my trials and the fact that it’s taken me a long time to write this blog make me obliged to give it 5* for difficulty. I think the definitions caused me more problems than the wordplay.

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DT 27532

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27532

Hints and tips by archy and mehitabel

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning everyone.  It’s another beautiful morning on the Vega Baja and apparently it’s the same in Oxford. Cockroach and alley cat both basking in the sunshine!
This puzzle didn’t really float archy’s boat and was going to get ** enjoyment but mehitabel has prevailed so *** it is.  At least we agree it wasn’t too taxing.

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ST 2749

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2748

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 22nd June 2014

The sun was shining, the sky was very blue and a lovely Virgilius puzzle to solve over breakfast – what more could anyone want?   So many great clues, even Kath allowed ‘joint favourites’!

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