December 10, 2015 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1515

Toughie No 1515 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

I was surprised when I’d finished to see how little time it had taken me. It felt like much longer. The long entries at 15,20,25 and 9 down were quickly written in and were a great help in making progress.… Continue reading

DT 27981

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27981

Hints and tips by pommers

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

Hola from the Vega Baja to where I returned yesterday from a very wet and windy Cornwall to find a sunny 18C at 1500CET, but this morning it’s raining!  My mother is now a nonagenarian, I hadn’t realized before but she must have been about 65 when she had me!

I’m pretty sure this is a RayT puzzle and I’m also pretty sure we’ll get the usual complaints of synonyms which push the envelope a bit and definitions which are a bit on the limit but I really enjoyed it. It may be a tad tricky in places, apologies if the pennies dropping woke you up,  but there are enough gimmes to get you in and with a bit of lateral thinking you’ll get there.  I’ll be interested to see what the usual suspects have to say about it.

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ST 2824

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2824

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

This puzzle was published on Sunday, 29th November 2015

Another thoroughly enjoyable Sunday crossword with all the usual things to look out for when Virgilius has set the puzzle. My favourite Across clue was 11a and my favourite Down clue was 4d.

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