January 6, 2015 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1321

Toughie No 1321 by Giovanni

A Grumpy New Year

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I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a Giovanni Toughie, and that certainly hasn’t changed today. Plenty of tooth-sucking moments like 14 and 27 Across, the almost mandatory Spoonerism and a complete absence of satisfaction in solving any of the clues made this a depressing experience.… Continue reading

DT 27691

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27691

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

There is a literary flavour to today’s puzzle with two novelists and a novel featuring in the answers. I started off at a rate of knots but slowed down in the SE corner and needed all the checkers for what I thought was the trickiest clue, 21d. On the whole it seemed pretty straightforward with nothing to set the world alight. Do let us know how you got on and what you thought of it.
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