October 2014 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1285 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1285 by Osmosis

Scraping the barrel

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This otherwise pleasant puzzle was, for me, somewhat spoilt by the inclusion of a second-rate US Politician and, in the wordplay for 17 down, a long-forgotten US actor.

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DT 27635 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27635

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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

Good morning from South Staffs on a mild morning with the sun breaking through th early mist.

A fairly typical Friday puzzle from Giovanni this morning. Understanding the wordplay in 22d, my last one in, almost pushed me into *** time, hence the borderline marking.

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DT 27630 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27630

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 25th October 2014

A typical Saturday Mysteron puzzle, this time with some interesting insertion indicators.

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BBC CiNA 3D Calendar Puzzle (2015) ~ Posted on

BBC CiNA 3D Calendar Puzzle (2015)

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The BBC CiNA (Children in Need Appeal) 3D Calendar Puzzle for 2015 is now available. Each day has a clue. Each month has a 3D grid to complete. Some of the best setters in the UK have given of their genius freely to provide us with enough clues to solve to keep us out of trouble for most of the year.

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Toughie 1284 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1284 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I found this to be a trickier than usual Kcit puzzle. It didn’t help that I couldn’t give it my undivided attention because I had to keep an eye on a 5-year-old at the same time that I was solving it. Even so I think it was definitely in the 4-star difficulty zone. It was an enjoyable puzzle in which some of the wordplay needed a bit of thought.

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DT 27634 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27634

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja on a beautiful autumn morning with not a cloud in the sky but there is a slight nip in the air. I’m pretty sure this is a RayT production as Her Majesty is in attendance and all but one of the clues are eight words or less.  Not very much in the way of innuendo and perhaps a few more anagrams than RayT usually includes, which I know will please many of you. There are also three hidden word clues, two of them reversed, so I reckon a certain lady blogger might be pleased to be giving this one a miss.

I found it very enjoyable and not too taxing so I’ll be interested to see your comments.

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ST 2766 ~ Posted on

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2766

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 19th October 2014

Morning All! THere were some lovely cryptic and double definitions here and the rest worked really well as well!

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Toughie 1283 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1283 by Elkamere

Elementary, my dear Watson

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

I’m pretty sure that I completed this in record time for an Elkamere or Anax puzzle, which means either that I’m getting better at them (unlikely, given the rate of disappearance of my brain cells) or (more probably) that Elkamere is in a charitable frame of mind. That said, I did enjoy it a great deal, especially the brilliant 5d and 11a.
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DT 27633 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27633

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

We had a beautiful fine Spring morning for our walk earlier but now, as it often does at this time of the year, a wind has built up and the sky is grey. Just the weather for solving and blogging crosswords.

Good fun again from Jay and we thought it was just a little easier than last week’s.

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