December 26, 2014 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1316

Toughie No 1316 by Sparks

Season’s Greetings from the Blog that Never Sleeps

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

We have often complained that setters wear their pink fluffy slippers when setting for the Toughie series. How nice it is to have a real challenge from a setter who came to The Telegraph with a reputation for difficult but enjoyable puzzles,

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DT 27682

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27682

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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

Good morning from South Staffs this Boxing Day morning – not deep and crisp and even, though we may get that later, but damp and grey..

I solved this puzzle before going to bed last night. It may have been the reaction from spending the evening wrestling with the Double Toughie, but I raced through Giovanni’s latest, finishing right on the border between * and ** time.

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