December 2014 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1318

Toughie No 1318 by Micawber

That Was the Year that Was

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Micawber’s traditional end of year roundup of what happened in the last 12 months is as brilliant as ever. I’ve tried to identify all the events – do let me know of any that I’ve missed or misunderstood.
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DT 27686

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27686

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

This week, at the time this gets posted, it will be the stroke of midnight here. Throughout the land fireworks will be set off and many voices will be raised in appalling raucous renditions of Auld Lang Syne……..but not here. We expect to be happily asleep by then. The last of our family visitors left yesterday.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE

We guess that we are back with a Jay puzzle. It certainly feels to us like his usual good fun.

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ST 2775

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2775

A full review by gnomethang

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 21st December 2014

 

A festive puzzle form Virgilius with many Yuletide favourites.

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DT 27685

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27685

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

I didn’t enjoy this one a great deal – quite a few of the surfaces seemed clunky and didn’t make much sense and some of the definitions seemed a bit off. So, there’s plenty of room for discussion here – let’s hear what you thought. If you’re a lurker why not make a New Year’s resolution to introduce yourself and join in the banter?
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DT 27678

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27678

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 20th  December 2014

I was in a minority of people who found solving this puzzle a doddle on the day which suited me as I had a lot of other pre-Christmassy stuff to do. It was nice and easy to explain for reviewing purposes too. There are seven anagrams which for me makes it  a Cephas production, so thank you to him.  Apparently it is a Mysteron production, so thank you to them whoever they are.

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DT 27684

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27684

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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Good morning. I hope you all had a good time over Christmas and that those amongst you who tackled the Elgar Double Toughie on Christmas Day have recovered enough to have a go here at the gentler end of the cryptic crossword scale.… Continue reading