September 24, 2014 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1263

Toughie No 1263 by Notabilis

Engage Reverse Gear

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

As Crypticsue said yesterday Wednesday seems to be becoming the new Friday as far as Toughies are concerned. There’s some top stuff here from Notabilis with his usual number of reversals. There’s also a clue (3d) which has provoked some discussion among the bloggers but which, for me, contains an indirect anagram – I await your comments with interest.
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DT 27603

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27603

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Today I am pleased to welcome the latest recruits to our blogging team, a delightful couple from New Zealand who call themselves the Two Kiwis.  As they need no further introduction, I’ll hand over to them.  BD

Kia ora. Kiwis are normally shy creatures who spend most of the day asleep and come out only at night, but we have emerged, blinking into the light to bring you our very first review of a Wednesday puzzle. It has taken much beak scratching.

We have been solving and enjoying Jay’s puzzles for several years now and regard them as a consistent yardstick for Telegraph Cryptic Crosswords. Jay, we feel honoured to be blogging your puzzles.

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