September 24, 2015 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1471

Toughie No 1471 by Beam

No, not those kind of butts!

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

I found this Ray T (as Beam) puzzle to be easier than some of his back-page offerings. The usual mix of innuendo, Her Majesty and definitions that make you think.… Continue reading

DT 27915

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27915

Hints and tips by pommers

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hola from the Vega Baja where summer seems to be continuing into the autumn.  The weather must have put me in a good mood as I really enjoyed this puzzle.  Parts of it are a bit off-the-wall and there are a couple of references to Stones, which may or may not be rolling, so I suspect I know who the setter is.  Unusually though I count no less than eleven clues which are all or part anagram. I reckon that will keep some of you very happy.

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ST 2813

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2813

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 13th September 2015

The perfect puzzle for a very rainy Sunday afternoon – not too much time taken to solve it, and typing the review took the same time as the bubbling tomato chutney mixture did to thicken enough to be set and ready to put into jars.   Perfect time management if I say so myself.

Interestingly while typing the review, I thought there were quite a lot of insertions as well as the usual hidden words but a full  survey of the clue types reveals a good balance throughout.   My favourite has to be 20d because of the ‘d’oh moment’ when I realised the ‘why’.

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