January 22, 2016 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 1539

Toughie No 1539 by Notabilis

Hints and tips by Dutch

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

Solid and fun puzzle from Notabilis – the top half went in reasonably well and a few spicy bits in the bottom half slowed me down, but it still yielded in normal toughie time.… Continue reading

DT 28017

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28017

Hints and tips by Deep Threat

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Good morning from South Staffs on a dark, rainy morning.

A few bits of General Knowledge needed today, and one or two slightly unusual words, but otherwise I found Giovanni’s puzzle reasonably straightforward.… Continue reading

DT 28012

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28012

A full review by crypticsue

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BD Rating – Difficulty *** Enjoyment **

This puzzle was published on Saturday, 16th January 2016

I took a much longer time than usual to get to grips with this particular Prize Puzzle – had the cold weather made my brain freeze? did the dental references put me off ? (I don’t like going to the dentist) or was it that it had been so long since I’d had one of those ‘bars’ in 9a that I’d forgotten all about them?

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