August 7, 2015 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1444

Toughie No 1444 by Elgar

Chasing chickens in Scotland

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

It is almost two months since we were impaled on a Friday  (Toughie 1420 on 26 June) but Elgar is back with a typical brain-stretching (or do I mean ‘mangling’) exercise in the art of solving a proper does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Toughie crossword.  … Continue reading

DT 27874

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27874

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on an overcast morning. Thanks to Shropshirelad for stepping in while I’ve been otherwise occupied. I’m off again for the next two weeks, so he’ll be back.… Continue reading

DT 27869

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27869

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on 1st August 2015

As usual, I am at odds with quite a few of the views expressed on publication day – I enjoyed solving this puzzle, partly because it wasn’t as straightforward as Saturday puzzles usually are – although  I could have done without the earworm produced by 29a.

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