December 30, 2015 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1525

Toughie No 1525 by Kcit

Hints and tips by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***

As is traditional, Gazza kindly offered me the chance to do an on the day Toughie review while I am on my Christmas/New Year break from work.   This time the email inviting me to do so came with the ‘rule’ that I had to decide before the setter’s name went up on the website.   After checking the list to see who might be  due to make an appearance in the middle of the paper, I said ‘yes please’ and so here I am with my thoughts on this Kcit Toughie.

The crossword didn’t take long to solve and my only hold up was deciding whether my explanation of 1d was what our setter intended.   All my test solving of cryptic crosswords has definitely made me more conscious of the spread  of clue types in each crossword I solve – did anyone else notice that there are ten clues requiring you to remove a letter (in most cases, an initial letter) in order to obtain their solutions??

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DT 27997

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27997

Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

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


Our thoughts go out to all of you who are affected by the weather conditions that are making the news here. Meanwhile, since before Christmas, we have been having gloriously fine summer weather. Temperatures in the mid twenties and clear blue skies just at the time when the whole country is on holiday.
Jay has increased the difficulty a little from last week we thought, and is as enjoyable as ever.

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