May 15, 2015 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1396

Toughie No 1396 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Tilsit

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

Greetings from the Calder Valley!

It’s the King of the Toughies today, the Toughie equivalent of Mark Labbett from The Chase quiz show. I found this a fairly stern challenge and it took me a fair old while to get my head around a couple of the answers, particularly in the bottom right.… Continue reading

DT 27802

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27802

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ***

After the stunning performance of the Oxford United team yesterday we’re back to single-blogger mode today. I’m making a temporary return to my old Friday stamping-ground having done a swap with Deep Threat this week.… Continue reading

DT 27797

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27797

A full review by crypticsue

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

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 9th May 2015

I was hoping that my 400th post would coincide with the fifth anniversary of the email ‘conversation’ that Big Dave and I had on 21st May 2010, where we agreed that I didn’t really have time to be a blogger (!) or failing that,  on the fifth anniversary of my first review published on the 27th May 2010.   Still one week before the first of the two is close enough.   I wonder how many blog posts I’d have done by now if I had had time?!

I took a bit longer than usual to solve this Saturday puzzle, mainly because I was held up by two intersecting clues, although looking at them both now I have no idea why I couldn’t solve them much earlier than I did.

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