October 21, 2014 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

MPP – 029 (Review) ~ Posted on

Monthly Prize Puzzle No 29 (October 2014) by Radler

A review by Prolixic

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Congratulations to Lynn Chua who successfully navigated her way through Radler’s Monthly Prize Crossword. I fancy that the number of entries were on the low side this month as this was a decidedly difficult crossword. Solvers had to find seven across clues where a letter was removed from the definition given by the wordplay leaving a valid word to enter into the grid. I have highlighted the relevant clues in bold.

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Toughie 1278 ~ Posted on

Toughie No 1278 by Giovanni

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment *

It is rumoured that Giovanni has strong words to say about crossword blogs in the forthcoming update of his beloved manual.  If he continues to produce puzzles like this one then it is not surprising that the Arsène Wenger* of Crosswordland gets bad reviews.

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DT 27626 ~ Posted on

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27626

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from a very windswept North Devon. I thought that this enjoyable puzzle was pretty straightforward but the Telegraph Puzzles site has been showing four stars for difficulty all morning so I’ve compromised and given it 3*. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.
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