July 17, 2014 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1224

Toughie No 1224 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This took me rather longer than Kcit’s puzzles usually do though I’m not sure why.

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DT 27544

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27544

Hints and tips by archy and mehitabel

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

Good morning everyone.  It’s a bit steamy on the Vega Baja this morning and it’s hot in Oxford too, but not in a nice way – a bit cloudy/sunny – very grumpy weather.

Maybe it’s the weather causing us to be a bit grumpy but we both thought this was a tricky little rascal and a bit of a grind.  A bit of a strange mixture of some very dodgy surfaces interspersed with a few chestnuts, some fairly easy clues and some very clever stuff.  Not many anagrams either.  Archy spent some time looking for a Nina round the outside but can’t spot one.  We’ll be interested to hear what you made of it.

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ST 2751

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2751

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 6th July 2014

The usual great puzzle – I found this quite straightforward but still raising smiles along the way

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