September 18, 2014 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1260

Toughie No 1260 by Shamus

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

I was sorry to miss last week’s Micawber puzzle especially as this week’s puzzle is a more typical Thursday puzzle. There was nothing particularly difficult in it although, as often happens with Shamus puzzles, the last couple of bits of wordplay needed a little thought

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ST 2760

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2760

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 7th September 2014

One of those crosswords where the solving process seemed to be taking longer than the actual time it took, or was that just waiting for the amphibian to hop across the pond in my favourite clue, 7d?

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DT 27598

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27598

Hints and tips by Falcon

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

Greetings from Ottawa, where the weather has taken a decidedly autumn-like turn. I expect to awake to find that we have received our first frost of the season tonight. On more important matters, I am sure that eyes everywhere today will be focused on the results from north of the border.

I found today’s puzzle from RayT to be quite a challenge. After solving about a quarter of the clues, I began to hear the clock ticking louder and louder. I decided at that point to call my electronic assistants into action to ensure that I would have a review to post today. Even with their help, some of the clues proved quite tricky. In hindsight, I can see that it should have been a very enjoyable puzzle — and have rated it accordingly. Unfortunately, my actual enjoyment level was somewhat dampened by the blogging deadline looming over me.

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