March 26, 2015 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1367

Toughie No 1367 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

Another non-Toughie which wasn’t much of a challenge

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DT 27759

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27759

Hints and tips by Pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja where it’s nice and sunny but there is what my Grandad used to call a “Lazy wind”. It’s too idle to go round you so it just goes straight through you!

What put this puzzle into 3* territory is that some of the synonyms are really stretching things to the limit. To be fair though if you look up the answers in a thesaurus you’ll always find the definition from the clue listed as a synonym so one can’t really complain. I enjoyed the head scratching (nits perhaps?) but I’ll be interested in your comments.  I don’t know who the setter is but I have my suspicions.
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ST 2787

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2787

A full review by gnomethang

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

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 15th March 2015

Morning All!. This was an exercise in smooth clueing that made the solve tricky since it was hard to insert the mental crowbar between definition and wordplay. There were a number of shin kicking moments when I realised how easily I had been duped but absolutely no complaints here. Excellent stuff!

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