August 20, 2015 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1451

Toughie No 1451 by Giovanni

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

I sailed through this and only the time spent getting the last couple lifted it above one star for difficulty. Perhaps I was fortunate in that I was familiar with all the less-familiar words

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DT 27885

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27885

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty *Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja where pommers is still a bit knackered after the rather hectic month he’s had. Three weeks in the Far East followed by 3 turnarounds in the apartments has taken its toll.  Oh well, I guess I’m not as young as I once was.

On to the crossword which I’m pretty sure is a Ray T but it’s unusual in that it has six anagrams. All the other signs are there though so I’m fairly confident.  There are two lurkers, a first letters clue, the Queen is on parade along with her lead singer and all the clues are less that eight words – I rest my case.
I found it suprisingly easy for a Ray T puzzle (maybe you’ll all disagree) but it had the usual entertainment level if a little low on the innuendo. I’ll be interested to see what you all make of it.

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ST 2808

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2808

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 9th August 2015

This particular Sunday crossword differed from the norm, being trickier and not as much fun as usual to solve and a bit of a trial to review (not least because I had to keep checking the hints and tips page to make sure I’d got all the ‘newspaper’ clues added).   I think I must have tempted fate as, before solving the puzzle, I’d explained to my visiting sister how Virgilius puzzles are always pleasure to both solve and review.

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