December 2014 – Page 8 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1302

Toughie No 1302 by Messinae

 Gift-wrapped

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A regular on these pages who has tens of thousands more puzzles behind her than I ever will (and amazing powers of recall too) emailed me this morning to suggest Chestnuts Roasting as the strapline for today's Toughie review. I've gone for Gift-Wrapped in reference to the four write-in clues around the edge.

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DT 27662

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27662

Hints and tips by Gazza

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Today’s Mr Ron (I have an idea who he is) has given us a more substantial puzzle than we had last Tuesday. Do let us know what you thought of it and how you got on.
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DT 27661

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27661

Hints and tips by Miffypops

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Today is National Indulgence Day in England. Not Scotland, Wales or anywhere else, Just England. So no indulging yourselves anywhere else. As you can see from the blog, I have exercised my right to indulge. Welcome to our identical twins and regular alarm clocks Itchy and Scratchy who are supposed to be kittens but spend most of their time imitating a barrel full of monkeys which brings enjoyment aplenty. On Saturday Coventry Rugby Football Club annihilated the previously unbeaten table topping Ealing Trailfinders by 32 points to 26 which made me even happier. Saint Sharon adds happiness in abundance, her 48 hour online shopping marathon which resulted in the acquisition of a new kitchen bin needed to be seen to be believed. I wish you all well.

Today’s crossword is a mix of wonderful clues with several old chestnuts. I don’t think it will trouble many of you. No pencils were harmed in the production of this review

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