August 14, 2014 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1240

Toughie No 1240 by Petitjean

The Grumpy Old Man is back!

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

I didn’t enjoy this puzzle very much first time round, and even less second time when writing the review. Many of the clues were very messy, and I can’t remember the last time I saw a good Spoonerism (the one here certainly wasn’t).

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ST 2755

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2755

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 3rd August 2014

Morning All!. Not such a difficult puzzle but there were a great many charades that were very smooth.

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DT 27568

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27568

Hints and tips by Falcon

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Greetings from Ottawa where the weather is like a roller coaster — sunny and tropically hot this past weekend, now cold with torrential rains.

I have no hesitation in proclaiming that this is not a RayT puzzle (which likely explains why Kath was so agreeable to swap for my originally scheduled spot in the rotation next week). Lovers of anagrams will be disappointed to discover that there are only three of them (plus a partial one) to be found in the puzzle. Charade afficionados, on the other hand, should be delighted by the opportunities presented to ply their craft. While I rated the puzzle as two stars for difficulty, I nearly gave it third star on the basis of 11d alone.

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