August 21, 2014 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1244

Toughie No 1244 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I found this trickier than most Giovanni puzzles probably because there were several answers that I was not familiar with. There were also a couple of bits of wordplay that needed more thought than Giovanni wordplay usually needs.

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DT 27574

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27574

Hints and tips by Kath

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Good morning all. It’s a chilly and autumnal morning in Oxford – still August but feeling more like September. Oh well, the grass is cut and our newly painted sitting room is almost put back together so now I can concentrate on writing some hints. I have no doubt that this is a Ray T crossword even though the Queen seems to have gone AWOL. I thought it was fairly gentle for one of his but I’m more than ready for some of you to disagree with me.

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ST 2756

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2756

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 10th August 2014

A nice straightforward Sunday puzzle – perfect for the very tired solver/blogger.   There is always something you notice when typing a review of a puzzle that doesn’t immediately seem obvious when solving – this week there were eleven instances of inserting something into something else.   My favourite clue wasn’t one of those clues, but the splendid 17d.

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